Monday 10 September 2007

Healthy Split Pea Curry.... Fat Free!

This is a very healthy dish to eat and fat free !

If you are dieting or just fancy a real healthy dinner then this recipe is just for you.

It is full of flavour and extremely tasty even without the oil and is so very good for you.

Approx 1 Cup Yellow Split Peas
1 Flat Mushroom (chopped)
1 Green Pepper/Capsicum (de-seeded chopped_
2 Small Onions (cut fine)
2 Medium Tomatoes

1 Inch Fresh Ginger + 1 Garlic Clove (chopped and blended)
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 tsp Cayanne Pepper
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
Pinch Cumin Seeds
Small Pinch Coriander Seeds
Pinch Dried Coriander

Rinse your split peas and place them into the basket of your pressure cooker with approx one inch of water covering. Wash your tomatoes and put 3 deep slits into them - place them on top of the peas in your pressure cooker. Secure your lid and bring to the boil then turn the heat right down and cook for 10 minutes.

After cooling down your cooker under a tap take out your basket of peas and leave on a plate for later.

The skin off your tomatoes should have fallen off in the pan, take them out and throw them away with any hard stem left on the tomato.

Leave the water what is left to the side for later.

Put a little water in a small frying pan and add your onions, boil the onions until the water disappears.

When the water has disappeared add let the onions cook in a dry state for a minute, then add some more water, it will turn a brown colour reduce the water down again.

When the water has dried out again add your seeds and stir.

Add your split peas and tomatoes, stir well. Then add your cayenne pepper with your bay leaf.

Stir in your garlic/ginger then add your cumin and garam masala - stir.

Add your mushrooms and peppers.

You may need to loosen it all a little so add a little of your split pea water from your pressure cooker. Add your dried coriander, when your mushrooms/peppers are cooked it is ready.

Serve as it is or with wholewheat bread.

Enjoy Jeena's Healthy Fat Free Split Pea Curry!


Kribha said...

Nice healthy food. Looks comforting. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Padma said...

I have noticed lately that you use peppers/capsicum a lot in your recipes...thats really colourful...
Nice curry with chanadal +_+

FH said...

Healthy and yummy indeed! Easy one pot dish too:))
Be careful when you are cooking dal directly in the cooker,so dal doesn't block the vent.I always use a smaller bowl inside with dal and water and cover with a lid,them pressure cook.

VINI said...

It's my first time here. Awesome blog. How do u find time to blog everyday with 3 kids??? Hats off to u :).

Viji said...

A healthy version Jeena. Viji

Uri R. said...

Hey let's exchange links:

Tico Food is my blog's name. It's about Costa Rican food. The link is:

I haven't update the recipes since July but I promise I will do it when I find new and interesting ones. Problem is, I already covered most of the traditional Costa Rican dishes and it gets harder and harder to find interesting variations to add.

Lissie said...

very healthy cooking indeed! but i think u need a little bit of oil for the nutrients to get absorbed in the body. good recipe!

Sharmi said...

that sounds new to me. very delicious and innovative recipe.

Anonymous said...


I have been visiting your blog for a few months now and this is my first comment, I would like to say your blog is great and I have learnt so so much from your cooking talent !

Your recipes are fab and your step-by-step picture guide is excellent.

Keep up the great cooking Jeeena, it is a pleasure seeing your blog, you are a truly are a wonderful chef.

Narinda XXX

Chef Jeena said...

Hi Kribha thanks for comment. :)

Hey Padma yes we love capsicums. :)

Hi Asha yes you are right lentils and rice can block the vent sometimes. Thanks for the advise. :)

Hey Vini welcome to my blog. :)

Hi Vigi Thanks for stopping by. :)

Hey Uri r thanks for stopping by I will drop by your blog also thanks :)

Hi Lissie, I disagree I don't think you need fat in every single meal you eat to gain nutrients, thanks for the comment. :)

Hey Sharmi thanks for comment. :)

Hi Narinda thankyou for leaving such a lovely comment, I am glad you like JeenasKitchen . :)

Mansi said...

Hi jeena,

I see you tried my moong dal recipe and gave it a nice variation here! good one..and its healthy, no doubt! this would go with my parathas, right?:)

Chef Jeena said...

Hi Mansi thanks for the comment :) I did my own recipe for my split pea curry but I am sure your paratha recipe would go lovely with it.

When I cook from other recipes I always write on my post about them :) I am sure you will see me doing some of your recipes soon you have a great blog. :)

SeeC said...

Very comforting. Nice curry.