During grocery shopping, the section which attracts me the most is the pulses corner.. They are in so many varied colour, shapes and sizes.. I always love buying all kinds of them.. These are such a great option when you are in no mood to spend the day chopping vegetables(Sob! I guess all have such days!).. In addition they are such a great source of protein for vegetarians like me(A plus factor!)..
There are also some days during functions or festivals when we are not supposed to eat onion and garlic..One such day i had soaked these cute little black eyed peas and was searching for a yummy recipe when i got this one from a site manjulas kitchen.. I tried and it has become a favorite with rotis for my husband (Lunch Box Days! Remember?)..
This one is so easy to make, yummy and healthy too… What else do you want? Just prepare this and enjoy your lunches with them…
Health Benefits of Black Eyed Peas: Being high in Fiber content they help regulate the digestive system,maintains the cholesterol levels and keeps you full longer thus helps in weight control.. Contains Potassium which maintains blood pressure,Low in fat and Calories, Great source of Protein and contains Iron which is important for your diet to prevent anemia..
Adapted from: Manjulas Kitchen
1/2 Cup Dry Black Eyed Peas/Cowpea/Lobia
1 inch piece of Ginger
3 Green Chillies
1/2 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Amchoor /Dry Mango Powder (Can be substituted with Lime Juice squeezed at end)
1/2 Tbsp Garam Masala Powder
1/2 Tbsp Oil
1/2 Tbsp Cumin seeds/Jeera
Lemon wedges and Coriander Leaves for garnishing
Salt to taste
1.Soak the peas for around an hour or two or best is to soak overnight..
2.Take grated ginger, chopped green chillies, coriander and turmeric powder in a bowl..
3.Add little water to make a paste…
Note: This is done so that the powders don’t get burnt when put in oil…
4.Heat a pressure cooker with oil..Add cumin seeds and allow it to brown..
5.Add the above made paste and fry well…
6.Add the soaked (and drained) peas to this..Mix well..
7.Pressure cook till soft (Mine gets done in 1 or 2 whistles)
8.Add tomatoes,garam masala powder,dry mango powder and salt and allow it to come to boil..Add required water to adjust the gravy and check the salt..
Garnish with Lemon and coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice…
Note: You can also add onions if you want after the cumin seeds for extra flavor.. I had shared this recipe with my mom and she makes it adding the onions..