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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Green pea usal ( Dried green peas cooked with Indian spices)


Green pea usal ( Dried green peas cooked with Indian spices)
I had this notion that 'usal' meant our 'sundal' & was thus expecting a sundal type of dish , but was delighted to find that the end product turned out to be a dry gravy sort of dish , just the perfect accompaniment for my chappatis! what more in just 10 mins the cooking was over!!:)) I have bookmarked this one for it does not call for the usual ginger-garlic paste, but tastes yum & is loaded with fibre!;) And...... it can cooked in 10 mins! there! are you convinced now to try it out t in your kitchen too?;))) The recipe is from my 'dal roti' cookbook.

Ingredients:
Dried green peas - 1 cup, soaked overnight , pressure cooked & drained, onion - 1, chopped, tomato ( big) - 1/2, chopped, chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsps, grated fresh coconut - 2 1/2 tbsps, chilli powder - 1 tsp, coriander powder - 1/2 tsp, cumin powder - 1/2 tsp, turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp, salt to taste, cumin seeds - 1 tsp ( level), oil - 3 tbsps, sugar - a pinch ( this is just to balance out the flavours).

Method:
Heat the oil in a pan & season with the cumin seeds. Add the onions & fry till the onions turn translucent. Then add the tomato , chilli pwd, coriander pwd, turmeric pwd, cumin pwd & stir fry for a minute , sprinkling a little water if necessary. Then add the green peas, coriander leaves , salt, grated coconut,sugar & stir till the peas are well coated with the masala paste. Now pour in about 1/2 cup of water or just enough to cover the peas & cook on medium flame till the peas form a semi dry gravy . Serve hot with chapatis or puris:)
Recipe source: Mrs Vimala Patil . If you have the dhana-jeera powder, go ahead & use it, for that is what the original recipe calls for! Since i don't have it in my kitchen, i replaced it with equal amts of coriander & cumin powder.


Today's 'En veetu samayal' - Chappatis served with green pea usal:)

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Paati,

Lovely to see you back with a bang. Hats off to you for overcoming this issue.

Keep blogging for your ardent fans like me.

Love,
Kate.
11/27/2008 07:50:00 AM
Blogger paati said...

kate i have posted mallika badrinath's recipe for falooda sev , do try it out & let me know:) i haven't tried it out for it looks like lot of work to me!;) hope you enjoy the recipe dear:)
paati
11/27/2008 10:21:00 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Paati,

I am a secret admirer of your blog (no longer a secret now !), I am as passionate about cooking as I am about eating....I love all your recipes ...I think next to my moms cooking (which beleive me is awesome) your the very best !! I cant wait to go home and try everything on most wintery days here in the US !! Do keep them coming in- Reg, Anjie
12/03/2008 07:40:00 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Paati,

I am a secret admirer of your blog (no longer a secret now !), I am as passionate about cooking as I am about eating....I love all your recipes ...I think next to my moms cooking (which beleive me is awesome) your the very best !! I cant wait to go home and try everything on most wintery days here in the US !! Do keep them coming in- Reg, Anjie
12/03/2008 07:41:00 PM
Blogger paati said...

dear kay thanks for sharing ur email , have saved it with the other mails:) & if you want to ask about any recipe you can do it here since i have got comment oderation on & i will post it on your blog , since you too have got moderation on! i dont know why but i prefer it this way & u would have seen, many popular food blogs which have disappeared suddenly & some have even completely deleted their blogs after having been active members in the food blogosphere!!:( & now after seeing all this i prefer staying this way... maybe one day..maybe...:))


thanks anon & welcome to my blog & hope to see & hear from you often here:)
paati
12/04/2008 01:34:00 AM
Blogger Kay said...

Thanks Paati! I understand. :)
12/05/2008 12:22:00 AM

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