Ghee Glee

Made a mutual aid run to the Nickelsville tiny house village. Like that they have a tented kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and pantry.

Dropped off a box full of ramen, individual servings of applesauce and oatmeal, chopsticks, paper plates, eggs, butter, roasted sweet potatoes and beets and 5 salt and pepper pork chops cooked in ghee.

Also delivered a pan of dal - a real success! Cooking the aromatics in ghee transformed these lentils from tasty yet uninspiring glop into the ultimate filling, spicy comfort food.

Nirvana Wok Spicy Dal

I don’t normally add units of measurement to my recipes since I never measure exact amounts when I cook, I just eyeball it. Except for making rice, of course. I’ll make an exception for this recipe.

5 cups dal (dried split lentils)
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1 onion
6 large garlic cloves
6 pieces sliced ginger
3 tablespoons massaman curry paste

Rinse your lentils and add three cups water for each cup of lentils and boil. They cook quickly!

Fry your aromatics in ghee until the onions and garlic start to brown - this takes a while.

Remove the ginger and mix everything with the dal and curry paste.

Produces six hearty servings. Add yogurt, other goodies as you see fit.

We Have A Menu

Nirvana Wok will eventually grow. Into a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, a larger mutual aid group that accepts donations, a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that also provides mutual aid, a food cart or food truck that does the same, a franchise operation, a magazine or other media outlet. Something bigger than what it is now - one guy who occasionally cooks relatively small amounts of food and delivers it to hungry people. Nirvana Wok has a menu, a website, legal protection under our LLC. The one guy has some street cred after a well-documented lifetime of activism.

If you have any ideas about what direction the ever-evolving Nirvana Wok project should go please let me know.