Hazram's Soupy Pigeon Peas

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 733


2 to 3 tablespoons Tamarind Paste
2 tablespoons South Indian Sambar Powder or store-bought
1 cup split pigeon peas (toor dal), sorted and washed in 3 to 4 changes of water
5 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground asafoetida
1to 3 fresh green chili pepper, such as serrano, minced with seeds
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh curry leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground dried fenugreek leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons peanut oil
5 to 7 dried red chili peppers, such as chile de arbol, with stems
1 small onion, cut in half lengthwise and thinly slcied
1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


1. Prepare the tamarind paste and the sambar powder. Then place the dal and water in a pressure cooker, secure the lid, and cook over high heat until the regulator indicated high pressure, then cook 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat and allow the pot to depressurize on its own, 12 to 15 minutes. Carefully open the lid and stir vigorously to mash the dal. Keep over low heat while you proceed with the next step.

2. In a small bowl, combine the mustard seeds, asafoetida, green chili peppers, and curry leaves. In another bowl combine the coriander, sambar powder, fenugreek leaves, turmeric, and salt.

3. Heat the oil in a large, nonstick wok or saucepan over moderate heat and cook the red chili peppers and onion until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the mustard seeds-curry leaves mixture and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Add the tomato and cook until all the juices evaporate, about 2 minutes.

4. Add the coriander-sambar powder mixture, stir about a minute, then add the tamarind paste and cook about 3 minutes. Mix in the dal and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the cilantro, and simmer about 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

From "1,000 Indian Recipes." Copyright 2002 by Neelam Batra. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 733
Calories from Fat: 288

This Hazram's Soupy Pigeon Peas recipe is from the 1000 Indian Recipes Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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