Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stir Fried Bell Pepper and Cabbage with Black Eyed Peas

I need HELP! I am starting to crave idlis. Idli rice is out of the stores and trying to make batter with the other types of rice available has not yeilded good results. It is not like idli rice was always avaialable, it is only in the last 5-6 years they became common place and ofcourse not anymore. I have used other types of rice that work but I am not able to recall the kind of rice and in what proportion to use to get some nice fluffy idlis. If a combination works for you please do leave a comment. I have tried long grain rice, parboiled rice with no luck and the batter is not good even for dosais unless mixed with ragi flour or wheat flour.

I brought home couple of red bell pepper hoping to make bell pepper coconut chutney but never got around to it. There was also a half purple cabbage left over after a stir fry. Both had to be used. I forgot to soak black beans overnight so decided to use black eyed peas instead which requires just about an hour or less of soaking. I used Patak's Curry paste with cumin and tomato which was left over from a previous trip. If not using curry paste use any curry powder with a bit of tomato paste.


Serves: 4

1. 2 Bell Pepper cored seeds removed and chopped
2. 1/2 Purple cabbage
3. 1 cup Black eyed peas soaked for an hour and cooked
4. 1/2 Red Onion chopped
5. 1/2 tbsp curry paste or 1/2 tbsp curry powder and 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
6. seasonings: Curry leaves, mustard and cumin seeds

1. Heat oil in a pan add curry leaves and mustard and cumin.
2. Add the onions and saute till translucent
3. now add the bell pepper and saute till they become shiny
4. Now add the cabbages and saute for a minute or two
5. Add the curry paste and mix
6. Add the cooked peas and mix and let it cook till the cabbage become soft.
Serve with rice or with chapatis.


  1. Add a cup full of Aval or poha when u soak the rice and (for 4:1 rice:urad dal ratio) which will give u fluffy idlis. This stir fry looks gorgeous. I would like to try. And I made u're kollu rasam this weekend to shoo away the colds at home. Its a hit dear!

  2. That is a diffeent combination of veggies..Like the addition of black eyed beans

  3. Now that's a riot of colour!

  4. This looks lovely,i had never tried this combination of ingredients..i love black eyed peas in any form,and this one is no exception !

  5. hey...i follow a very simple proportion and my idlis come out very soft...u may give a try : 2 cups sona masoori rice for a cup of urad dal....also soak a pinch or two of fenugreek along with urad dal...grind both separately and then ferment....

  6. I never knew there was special rice for making idlies.

  7. Nirmala, thanks will give the aval a try. What type of rice do you use? Long Grain?
    Yes Kollu is a big cold buster :) You will like the stir fry for sure.

    Shn, I have sona masoori. Will use it the next time.

    HC, yes they do sell rice which is specifically for making idlis, can't use that for making rice. Yes! we became spoilt in the last few years.

  8. divya, good combinations come about when you a rush to use them up.

    Sra, it sure is.

    Alka, if you like black eyed peas you will surely like this.

  9. I've had great results with idli rava (the one which comes already ground) and Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe that Nandita blogged about:

  10. The stirfry looks amazing!! Very creative! I have 1/2 purple cabbage and black eyed peas... maybe I'll give this recipe a try soon. :)

    About the idli rice, We still get idli rice here. Is coming-to-Toronto-and-picking-up-a-bag-of-idli-rice an option?

    I've heard a lot of people having good results with idli rava, never tried it myself. Hope you find a good recipe that works for you.

  11. Nupur, I did visit Nandita's post. I purchased a bag of cream of rice since I remember having used it for idlis. I am not sure if idli rava is the same thing.

    Kay, Toronto? not now. Use black beans instead of black eyed and that tastes great as well. You know!

  12. Indo, The cream of rice and idli rava are the same. go ahead and try it.

    Black beans+red pepper+purple cabbage,huh? Will give it a try soon.


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