Monday, July 13, 2015

Kerau (Dried Peas) Gravy


As a kid, I was not a big fan of beans or legumes. But, now I just love it. Usually I just cook it in a pressure cooker and when it's cooked, I use it as a snack to go or add in the salad, it's just yummy! This one dish is a family favorite. Back home, we used to have this dish during a feast as many other delicacies that I have shared or will be sharing in near future. Everyone has their own recipe to make this, but the one that I know from my mom - I am sharing with you! Hope you like it!

Makes about 6 - 8 servings
Add Kerau, water and pinch of cardamom powder

Ingredients Needed

  • Kerau - 2 cups
  • Vegetable/Olive Oil - 2 tsp
  • Ajwain seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Chopped yellow onions - 1 cup
  • Chopped tomatoes - 1/2 cup (1 roma tomato)
  • Salt, cumin powder, chili powder to taste
  • Ginger/Garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder to taste
  • Pinch of cardamom powder to taste
  • Water - 1 cup

Steps to follow

In a bowl, add 2 cups of Kerau (dried peas) and add water so as to soak overnight.

The next day, wash soaked kerau and cook it in a pressure cooker. Sprinkle some salt and turmeric powder. Allow 2-3 whistles and let it cool down. Turn off the heat.
Cooked Kerau
Drain the liquid.

In a non-sticket medium skillet, heat oil on a medium heat. Add ajwain seeds.
Add Ajwain seeds into the heated oil on a non-stick medium skillet
When the seeds turn dark black in color, add chopped onions.
Add chopped onions
Mix it well until it's light brown and add chopped tomatoes.
Add chopped tomatoes
Cook for few minutes until the tomatoes are cooked and then add spices (salt, cumin powder, ginger/garlic paste, chili powder, and turmeric powder.
Add spices to the mixture
Mix it well and add kerau on it. Then, add water and a pinch of cardamom powder. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat and the dish is ready to be served with a roti or rice or beaten rice, whichever you prefer.

You can garnish with a handful of chopped cilantro.

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