Why prata and dal curry make a quick and healthy meal?

Whenever possible, we cook everything from scratch. We eat food not just for it’s taste, but for its nutritional value.

However, cooking takes time- a luxury most of us don’t have. What do we do? Make our own frozen meals. Prata and dal is one of our favourite.quick and healthy meal


We love it for a few reasons:

1. Nutritious
Lentil is a rich, non-animal source of protein and iron. Ingredients include purple brinjal, red and green chills, yellow potatoes, orange carrots and red tomatoes; colorful vegetables with different phytochemical. I love that it’s seasoned with turmeric, one of the most potent spice on earth. It contains protein, vegetables, carbohydrate and spices in one dish!

2. Versatile
Dal curry can be eaten with rice or bread. It’s suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s good on its own too.

3. Freeze friendly
Dal curry freeze well- the texture and taste remains the same after reheating.

4. Economical
Most mistakenly believe that eating healthy is expensive. We did not make a proper calculation, but the above meal should cost less than RM 2 each serving.

5. Filling
A cup of dal and prata cooked with butter makes a satisfying meal for us.



  • On a weekend, we’ll cook a huge pot and divide them into glass containers to freeze. Whenever we’re hungry, we’ll take one out to defrost and reheat.
  • Plan ahead and take defrost it in the fridge a day before to make the process quicker.
  • We normally make about eight portion and they last us for more than a week.
  • Buy frozen prata. It’ll take only about a minute or two to cook.

It can be kept for months in the freezer. Dal curry is really a wonder!

Do you make your own freezer meal?

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8 Responses to “Why prata and dal curry make a quick and healthy meal?”

  1. onncheng
    August 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm #


    Can I have the dal curry recipe please :)

  2. Sara
    August 26, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Hi! Using the traditional method, it takes some time to make. We’re now finding ways to make cooking if faster. So let us perfect the recipe first yeah :)

  3. Niv
    October 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Hi Sara,
    I just graduated and will be living alone in a new country for a while. Wondering what quick/healthy to have for breakfast and dinner, I was looking for a blog just like this. Great job! I see that you don’t have too many vids on your Youtube channel. It’ll be great if you can share your favorite videos there. Thanks!

  4. Sara
    October 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Hi Niv!

    Glad that our online magazine helps! Sandwich is easy, so is congee. Use wholemeal bread or brown rice. They are much healthier.

    Would you like to see more cooking videos? Let us know what you’ll like to see! :)

  5. Niv
    October 22, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    Hi Sara,
    I don’t know too many sandwich or congee recipes and get bored eating the same flavors every day (i am majorly a vegetarian, so options are even fewer). I have just started my attempt to discover some interesting recipes from around the world (simpler versions of course), so that once I have a few I can begin to create meal plans.


    PS: I commend you on your awesome and cool initiative. I m so passionate about making my life simpler, smarter and more organized. Wish I too were doing all the research for a living!! :)

  6. Sara
    October 22, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Good luck in finding recipes. There are plenty online. A friend of ours, Eat Light Asia http://eat-light.asia/ is a vegetarian too. You might be able to find suitable recipes there. Please share you meal plans once you created them! :D

    p.s: Oh yes it’s fun! Do share with us how you make your life simpler. We are always looking for inspiration!

  7. Niv
    October 23, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    Seems like a very apt blog for me!
    Right now I m adjusting to living in a tiny apartment (do you know about the apartment sizes in Hong Kong!). I think I need to adopt many new habits in order to live simpler and clutter free! Sure, I’d write to you if I ever have interesting ideas or observations to share.

    Cheers and keep up the great work!

  8. Sara
    October 23, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    We are doing that at JewelPie- be clutter-free. A few things that work for us: 1) Have a place for everything. 2) Not buying print mags and books, they are now all in a tablet. 3) Try Evernote- http://jewelpie.com/tag/evernote-sunday/ No need for notes on paper or keeping business cards. Cheers and enjoy HK!

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