Brown Cow Peas Gravy (Vegetarian !)

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Brown cow peas in english is Alsandebi in Konkani and Alasande in Kannada. For this dish we sprout lentils since that typically adds to the taste of the dish and normally we season these dishes with onion. This time though I tried something different. Here presenting is a different Alsandebiye Ambat.


Brown Cow-Peas

What you need to have:

1. Sprouted and pealed Brown cow Peas – 2 cups

2. Cashews – 1/3 cup

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Sprouted Brown cow peas

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What you do with what you have:

1. Soak peas in water over night. Drain water next morning and tie it in a clean cloth tightly and keep it aside for another 12 hours by the end of which it will have sprouted like in the picture 2 shown above.

2. Again soak in water for about 12 hours and one should be able to peal it completely as shown in picture 3. Soak cashews in water for about 1 hour and peal them as well and mix it with sprouted lentils and cook it directly on the flame.

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Cooked lentils with cashews

Ingredients of Wet Masala :

1. Fresh grated coconut – 1/3 cup

2. Red chillies – 3-4

3. Tamarind – a small piece or bilimbi

4. Cardamom – 1

5. Cloves – 2

6. Cinnamon – 1/2″ piece

7. Turmeric powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

8. Coriander seeds – 1 Teaspoon

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Ingredients of Wet Masala

1. Grate coconut and keep it aside. Place a spatula with 1 teaspoon of cooking oil in it on the flame when heated fry red chillies in it and keep it aside.

2. In the same oil fry coriander seeds and add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and turmeric powder one by one and switch off the flame.

3. Grind grated coconut, tamarind, red chilies from step 1 and fried ingredients from step 2 together in the mixer adding water in steps to a fine consistency.

4. Add the ground masala from above to the cooked lentils adding sufficient quantity of salt and bring it to boil.

Ingredients of seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Cumin seeds – 1/2 Teaspoon

3. Red chili  – 1

4. Curry leaves – 2 strands

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Ingredients of Seasoning

Place a spatula with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on the flame. When heated, add mustard seeds to it. When it sputters add cumin seeds and red chili pieces and curry leaves to it.

Season it to the dish and enjoy it with either rice or chapathi.

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Ready to serve Brown Cow Peas dish

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

7 thoughts on “Brown Cow Peas Gravy (Vegetarian !)

    jayasree said:
    June 22, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Gravy looks creamy and delicious. I cook sprouted cowpeas. But your way is completely new. Shall try it sometime.

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 24, 2009 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Jayashree,

      Thanx for visiting my blog.

    ilex said:
    June 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I’m just learning to cook Indian, and almost ready to try something with sprouted cow peas (though not looking forward to peeling them). Love the photos, most helpful!

    I keep finding good-sounding recipes that call for curry leaves, and my local Indian grocer doesn’t carry them. Any suggestions for a substitution?

    prathibalrao responded:
    June 27, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Hi Ilex,

    Thanx 4 ur comments. I don’t think there is any substitute for curry leaves(fresh)

    gina said:
    June 29, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Not sure, but is one of the options for Ilex to buy whatever is available in bulk and sun dry and use them over a period of time ?

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 1, 2009 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Gina,

      We do the same thing here as well!!!

    CHITRA RAMEH said:
    July 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    will try to out today and tell the comments. i hope it turns out well. thanks. give me some recipes for green gram dhal also.

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