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Alasandalu kura (Black-eyed peas curry)

Vegetarian Main Course
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What You Need

  1. 1 Cup Dry Alasandalu (Black Eyed Peas)
  2. 1 Medium Sized Onion Thinly Sliced
  3. 1 Roma Tomato Finley Chopped or Pureed
  4. 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  5. 2 small chopped Green Chillies or to taste
  6. 1.5 Teaspoons Finely Chopped Ginger
  7. 1 Teaspoon Finely Chopped Garlic
  8. 1 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  9. 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  10. 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
  11. 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  12. Salt to Taste
  13. 2 Tablespoons Fresh Coriander (Cilantro Leaves)
  14. 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar (Optional)
  15. 1/2 Teaspoon Kasoori Methi Powder

How To Make

1. Wash and soak the black eyed beans (alasandalu) for 4 - 6 hrs.

2. After soaking, drain the water, wash again and keep aside.

3. Heat a pressure cooker on medium heat, add the oil.

4. When the oil is ready add chopped green chillies and onions. Fry the onions till they turn light brown in color.

5. Add the ginger and garlic, mix well. Then add the chopped/ pureed tomato.

6. Reduce the heat to medium low and  add the dry spices, turmeric, redchilly powder, cumin and coriander powder. Mix well and cook till oil starts to separate from the edges.

7. Now add the soaked beans. Cook them on medium heat till all the water evaporates.

8. Now add 3 cups of water  and pressure cook on medium high heat till 1 whistle. Then lower the heat to medium low and cook for 5 more mins.

9. After the pressure is released, cook the beans on medium heat. Add salt, sugar and kasoori methi, cook till the gravy thickens. 

10. Lastly add the fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves and serve hot with rice/ roti/ puri.

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