Since my mother was my first inspiration, instructor and motivation to cook, I would like to start with one of her simple recipes. Dried white peas dishes are not as common as fresh green ones. Especially because they take time to cook. However on one of those days, where your supply of fresh vegetable and meat has run out and you feel too lazy for grocery shopping, a pack of dried white peas can come to the rescue. These little bean / lentil family members may take some time to cook but they are extremely high in fibre content and other minerals mainly iron. It is highly recommended for people with iron deficiency.
I made this for dinner yesterday and it got cleaned out as everyone enjoys it. But when there is leftover, it is perfect for a big, hearty breakfast with Rotis. Since it is high in fibre and low in fat it keeps you full for longer… a great yummy way to kick-start your day!
You will need to soak the peas for a few hours (overnight is better). Then pressure cook them with little salt. After the first ‘whistle’, cook on low flame for 6 – 7 minutes. Cooking time for white peas can be tricky sometimes depending on quality and quantity and how long it has been soaked. So it is best to check after the given time, if it is still a bit hard, put the lid back on and let it cook for some more time. Don’t overcook as you don’t want a mush
For one cup of dry white peas, I use one medium onion, one medium tomato, some sliced garlic, some ginger garlic paste, green chillies and curry leaves
The spices – coriander powder, red chilly powder, turmeric and garam masala powders.
And some coriander and more green chillies
I love to use coconut oil especially for Kerala recipes and this also reminds me of my mom. It gives a unique nutty flavor to the food and goes especially well when curry leaves are involved.
Sauté the onions in the coconut oil. Then add chopped garlic and ginger garlic paste, and the chopped green chillies. Saute for 2 mins. Add curry leaves
Add tomatoes and sauté till oil starts to separate. Add the powders except Garam Masala powder. Sauté for a minute
Then add the cooked peas. Add the garam masala. Bring to a boil and let it simmer. Then sprinkle corianders leaves and boil for 2 minutes.
Garnish with coriander and sliced green chilly.
Serving Size 2