Tuesday, January 06, 2009

White peas with Sweet Potatoes (Some simple cooking after a very sweet Christmas)

Dried White Peas and Sweet Potato Curry

Hi and a very bright and beautiful New Year to all my avid readers. May all your troubles this year be as short-lived as your New Year's resolutions:>)

So! ! I am back again from one of my long breaks . I know I have been taking so many long breaks between posts that I think you all are probably tired of hearing my reasons. But please hear me out one more time. The break in blogging started because of the Christmas holidays. 2 weeks of sheer relaxation. I like Christmas holidays particularly as it is a holiday without having the stress to celebrate the festival as we don't celebrate Christmas . Well we do it a little bit just for my son who still believes in Santa and reindeer and all the Christmassy bits that are so important and delightful to a child . So we have some fairy lights in the house and of course he has a Christmas stocking and his Christmas present of course.

But basically what the holidays mean is husband and son at home . (i.e son for 2 weeks of course and husband only for the long Christmas weekend and on New Years.) , no getting up early to pack lunches and no nagging them both to get out of the house on time for school and office late brunches and generally a sense of taking everything easy . I was practically getting up at half past eight everyday. Felt guilty sometimes but I easily pushed the guilt away. That was not difficult at all.

Before the Christmas weekend we made sure that the fridge and store cupboard were well stocked , made a trip to the library for some good books and magazines and DVDs to loan and we were set. What more does one need? Right? Christmas Day and the next two days were spent playing Monopoly with our son. It was great . The three of us really enjoyed our time together. I also did quite a lot of cooking (you have to cook a lot when all of you are at home). But that meant I could not find the time to blog. All the time was spent by the three of us together, eating , playing games, going out, visiting friends and of course visiting the sales on Boxing Day.

But now it's back to routine. I am alone at home again doing my thing while hubby and son have gone to their respective places of duty. The festivities are over and everything is back to normal which includes the cooking. No more puddings and cakes and mince pies in my kitchen. We have had our fill. Since a couple of days I have started googling the name of whatever vegetable I have in my fridge and checking what the net has to offer . It's the best way to come up with different combos and different ways to cook that same old veggie.

This time I had soaked a cup or two of dried white peas ( that's not chana ) and wanted to cook them with another veggie. Normally I use dried white peas only to make Ragda Patties . But yesterday I cooked them with sweet potato and the result was delicious to say the least. All three of us loved it with chapatis. It was simply cooked with no fuss and minimum spices. The dish looked beautiful too because of the sweet potatoes which are a beautiful coral colour.

Here are the ingredients :

  • 1.5 cups of dried white peas to be soaked overnight (they increase in quantity to a little more than 2 cups after absorbing the water)
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato cubed (keep them immersed in water until you need them so they do not discolour)
  • 1 small onion chopped,
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely crushed,
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 3 tblspns oil,
  • 2 tspns mustard seeds,
  • 1/2 tspn hing (asafoetida),
  • 1 tspn whole cumin (jeera),
  • 1 tspn each of coriander and cumin powder,
  • 1/2 tspn turmeric powder,
  • 1 tspn sugar,
  • some fresh chopped coriander,
  • salt to taste.


  • Cook the peas in a pressure cooker with some salt and the turmeric powder.
  • In a pan heat the oil and temper it with the mustard seeds, hing and cumin,
  • Next add the chopped onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes on moderate heat,
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook further,
  • Add to this all the spice powders (coriander,cumin, chilly and some more turmeric). Cook these on low heat for a further 2 minutes.
  • Now add the 2 star ingredients : Cooked white peas and the sweet potato cubes, add 2 cups of water
  • As the peas are already cooked and sweet potato cooks very fast you will need to cook these further for a very little time just until the sweet potatoes are done and the spices are nicely mixed and absorbed in the whole curry. Add more waterwhile cooking if you find it getting too thick . Stir in most of the chopped coriander into the dish and use the remaining to garnish just before serving.

Simple Wholesome Homemade Chapatis

Eat with hot rotis or jeera rice. It makes a very simple but hearty and healthy meal.


Purnima said...

Anupama, wonderful recipe with safed vataney! Have bookmarked it! I like ur writeup n more so the recipes that u blog.. my second last post is from you..do check leisurely!

zobars said...

Hi anupama,
thanks for visiting my other blog. this is the first time I have heard of this recipe. I am going to try it sometime. By the way, is Boxing day something special in UK ??? After this post I think we have so much in common. We also don't do christmas and my daughter has just started asking me why we don't ??? I tell her about how we have a different festival (Diwali and Uttarayan and Janmashtami and all those). I feel like by next year she will probably want us do some parts of christmas... I hope we can do it for her.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow simple yet delightful recipe. Roti's look gr8. Nver tasted this sweet potato and lentil combo.

Nithya Praveen said...

Anupama, never thot of using sweer potatoes with chana...good one:-)

pedatha.com said...

Hi Anupama, This looks unique…a veggie with sweet potato, and with a dash of sugar. I generally add sweet potato in dals, must try this one. Cheers!

joyita said...

Hi Anupama,
Cooked the white peas with sweet potato today......and it turned out fabulous! This one will definetly be repeated often in my kichen. Like you so rightly put it...its simple to make and healthy too! Thank you.

Sam said...

What a GREAT looking veggie with sweet potato! This sound delicious, looks so beautiful! Its simple to make and healthy too! Will try it soon. Thanks so much for sharing.