Black Eyed Peas Pulao- Toddler Meal Challenge Day 10

lobThere are days when you start typing and fall short of words. I call it the bloggers block. Perhaps its the cloudy weather, clouding the mind or my mood swings. I made this black eyed peas pulao yesterday but Sarah tried it today. She is a bit hesitant to chew food and I make her do it refusing to grind her food. This does have a great impact on the quantity of food that goes into her, but I guess this is a phase every parent has to endure with.

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These beans aren’t quite popular among my friends. Many told me they never had this beans in their childhood and don’t still as adults. I love black eyed beans also known as lobia in the North of India and Karamani in the South of India. This is a very minimally spiced pulao prepared exclusively for Sarah, if you plan on having it as a family meal, you may want to spice the portion for adults a bit.

Ingredients for Black Eyed Peas Pulao

Black eyed peas- 1 cup

Basmati Rice- 2 cups

Onion- 1

Tomato- 1

Bell pepper-1

Cinammon- 1 inch long piece

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

Green cardamom- 2

Cloves- 2

Oil- 3 tbsp

Salt- to taste

 

Directions

Soak the black eyed peas overnight. In a pressure cooker heat the oil and add the whole spices (cumin, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves).

After the spices are roasted for 4 minutes, infusing their flavours, add the onion and saute till they brown. Now add the tomatoes and bell peppers and  saute for 2-3 minutes. By now the tomatoes will wilt. Now add the black eyed peas and washed rice. Add salt and 4 cups of water (2 cups water per cup rice). Cover and cook up to 2 whistles and the pulao is ready.

Note: For adults you can add a pinch of turmeric, chili powder and garam masala sauted in 2 tsp oil as a tempering to pep up this rice with some spices.

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Happy weekend folks! See you tomorrow with another recipe.

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