black eyed peas sundal stirfry

By Panfusine
March 17, 2011
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Author Notes: Sundal refers to a stirfry in South India where theyre a common afternoon tea time snack (except, its usually served with a steaming hot steel tumbler of 'filter' coffee)
The variety in Sundals come about from the various lentils & beans used in the dish rather than the seasonings, which is a simple 'tadka' (seasoning with hot oil) of mustard.

Serves: 4

  • 1 cup dried black eyed peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 red arbol chilli broken in two
  • 1 pinch pinch asafetida (optional)
  • 2 large shallots, finely sliced into half rings
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded & finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon/lime
  1. Soak the Black eyed peas in plenty of water for ~ 2-3 hrs till plumped up & completely re-hydrated.
  2. In a pan cook the beans with adequate water (i.e, submerged well) with the turmeric, till soft but not mushy. Drain & discard the excess water. Add salt, mix well & set the beans aside.
  3. In a pan, heat the oil. when its about to smoke, add the mustard seeds and the dried red arbol chilli. When the mustard seeds begin to sputter, lower the heat & add the optional asafetida, the jalapeno & the sliced shallots.
  4. Stir till the shallots turn limp & translucent.
  5. Add the beans, cover & cook on low heat till all the flavors have blended (~5-8 mins).
  6. Remove from heat, transfer into a serving dish, drizzle with the lemon juice & garnish with chopped cilantro.
  7. (If using canned beans, omit steps 1 & 2, and add the turmeric to the pan along with the beans).

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