Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Onion & Cow Peas Curry

Spring Onions/Eerulli sopuu and Cow Peas/Alasande/Tadaguni Curry is a gravy dish.
Spring onions are plenty in the market these days here in Namma Bengaluru and when ever I go to buy vegetables I love to grab these bunch of Spring Onions. After coming home I start thinking of what to do. I just grab this because of its health value and also so many dishes you can prepare with Spring Onions.

I have used Spring Onion leaves, Cow peas, coconut and some spices. The curry goes well with almost all the main dishes.
Lets see the benefits of using " Spring Onions " in our diet.
Spring onions contain good nutritious properties. They are excellent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. They contain good source of antioxidants. They also help in lowering high cholesterol and blood pressure level in our body. It also helps to maintain Blood sugar level in our body. Vitamin K in spring onion helps to make the bone strong and maintain the bone density.
Lets see the recipe now:

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Spring Onions bunch : 1
Cow Peas/Alasande kalu : 1 Cup
Toor Dal : 1/4 Cup

To Grind :
Sambar/Huli/Rasam Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Coconut : 2 ti 3 Tablespoons
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Tamarind : a small marble size

To Add :
Mustard seasoning :  1 Tablespoon
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Seasoning : 1 Teaspoon oil, 1/2 Teaspoon mustard seeds, ingh and curry leaves.
Salt : According to taste
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon

Method : 

1. Wash and soak Cow Peas at least 3 to 4 hours before cooking. (Over night is best). Pressure cook toor dal and cow peas for 6 to 8 minutes. Allow it to cool.
2. Wash and cut spring onions into small. Cook with little water til they turn soft ( 6 to 8 minutes).

3. Grate coconut and grind with tamarind, jeera and huli/sambar powder. Use little water to grind.

4. Now take a big pan. Add cooked cowpeas, toor dal and spring onions.Mix it well.
5. Add salt and turmeric. Let it boil for 2 minutes.

6. Add ground spice mixture and mix it well and let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes.

7. Shift the ready curry to a serving dish and add, mustard seasoning cut coriander leaves and a spoon of fresh ghee. We had Spring Onion & Cow Peas Curry with Plain Rice.

Note :

Soaking cowpeas helps the peas to cook soft and quick. Adding dal is optional. Adding coconut is also optional. (You can cook with dal and cow peas). Taste differ. You can add onions and garlic.
Time : 30 minutes. (Soaking cow peas is separate. ( 4 to 5 hours or Over night )
Serves : 4 to 5 
Huli powder : Roast or fry methi seeds 1/4 Teaspoon, 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds, 4 to 5 byadagi chilli, 1/4 teaspoon of jeera, a small piece of cinnamon and a clove. Dry roast on low flame and dry grind it when it is cool. This Huli Powder adds aroma to the curry.