It is a civic holiday here in Canada, and that means the doozers took a day off. What a relief for the neighborhood.
Black-Eyed Pea SambarOther black-eyed pea dishes from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen you will be sure to enjoy:
1/4 cup of toor dal
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 cup of dry black-eyed peas
1 small onion, chopped
1 large tomato, diced
2 tablespoons of ghee, or a mixture of butter and oil
1/2 teaspoon of asafoetida powder
2 - 3 whole red dried chilies, broken into bits
1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon of black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon of urad dal
2 teaspoons of sambar powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 5.5 ounce tin of tomato paste
1 small clove of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup of corn
1/4 cup of fresh coriander or parsley, chopped
Soak the black-eyed peas in enough water to cover overnight. Drain, transfer to a medium-large pot, along with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover and cook until the beans are tender - about 40 - 60 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium-large saucepan. Add the toor dal and a 1/2 teaspoon of the turmeric. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook until the dal is creamy - roughly 20 - 30 minutes. Set aside without draining.
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. When hot, add the asafoetida, red chili peppers, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and urad dal. Stir and fry until the mustard seeds begin to pop. Add the onion, garlic and tomato to the pan, along with a dash of turmeric powder and the sambar powder and salt. Stir well and add the tomato paste, again stirring well to combine.
Now add the cooked toor dal and the liquid, along with an addition 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and add the black-eyed peas. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for roughly 5 - 10 minutes to blend the flavours. Stir in the corn and coriander (or parsley) and simmer for another few minutes. Add more water if you want a thinner sambar and simmer for another few minutes.
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Black-Eyed Peas with Mustard, Cumin and Curry Leaves
On the top of the reading stack: The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo
Audio Accompaniment: Lawn mowers (no peace from noise!)