Saturday, December 1, 2007

Tori Ambat (Pigeon Pea Curry)

I made a deal! Yes to cook and post since she does not get Pigeon Peas fresh or frozen in her part of the world. Purnima of Cook was commenting on the other Pigeon Pea dish I had cooked and it brought back memories of her shelling them as a child. On checking how she remembers them being cooked, she gave me this delicious recipe. I have never seen fresh pigeon peas in their pods but I do get the frozen ones. The dish is also heading over to JFI-Toor Dal hosted by dear Linda. Purnima,the smell of the pigeon peas cooking was wonderful so was the dish. The family loved eating it with both chapathis and rice.

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1. 3/4 Cup Pigeon Peas
2. 1 Potato peeled and cubed
3. 1/4 Red Onion chopped fine
4. 1 tsp ghee (Purnima said coconut oil)
5. 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
6. salt to taste

1. a cherry sized tamarind ball
2. 2 tbsp coconut
3. 2 red chilies (I did not have badegi chilies)

Blend the above to a smooth paste adding a bit of water

1. In a sauce pan boil the pigeon peas and potatoes with salt (1/4 cup water)
2. When the potatoes are almost cooked add the paste and bring it to a boil
3. In a separate pan heat the ghee, season with cumin, add the onions and saute till slightly brown and add to the peas,
4. Cover with the lid for the flavors to blend in.

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Tori Ambat, Anita's Sookhi Gobhi Aloo, Chapati

Serve with chapatis or rice.

Novel Reading
The inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
I have read so much about the book, it having won the Booker Prize and all. The prose is beautiful but the fact that the tale is sad all around is what bothered me and the cynic in me also sees hypocrisy, the main reason why I don't want to read English books by authors from the subcontinent.


  1. ISG, another fabulous green toor dal dish! The earth tones look so tasty in your pretty earth tone bowl. Thanks so much for another wonderful contribution to JFI Toor :)

    Your whole meal looks delish with the soft chapati... can I come by for supper please?? :)

  2. i'm assuming this is called tuvar lilva on the frozen pack. ought to try this.

  3. were too fast with the deal!!tks for posting...I drooled n drooled n glad that your family and you enjoyed this dish..I hv not yet given up..wd search in more stores for fresh toor! (Sorry about not mentioning the qty of ingr..all the same you prepared it so well!!)

  4. ISG--here is a link for you,

    thats how the tender toor pods look..tks..

  5. Did you get the pack from American grocery store or indian ? i got a can from The Am grocery stores, did not know the right way and cooked it together with cabbage, don't know why :)

    I have been dreading to read that book because of the sadness. Did you read her other book, I think "Hullaballo in a guava tree" ?

    Have you read chitra Banerjee Divakurani. get her short story collection "arranged marriage". You should like that

  6. Kalva, yes it is :)

    Linda, just for you, you have a standing invitation, welcome any time. wanted to make it to by the deadline, which I see is extended for another week, maybe another dish by then?

    Bee, says Tuvar, Pigeon Pea on the packet from Deep foods.

    Purnima, thanks friend. Good Luck! hopefully you will find it and make it one of these days. I took a look at the picture, thanks again, the pods looks familiar, maybe have seen it without knowing what it is :(

    Sandeepa, Indian Grocery stores, all the stores around here carry it. Do you get Deep frozen products? this one is from them, says Tuvar Pigeon Pea.

    No, have not read her other book, came to know of her only after I read about the Booker Prize. I will look for Divakurani's book. Have you read Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra, its my kind I think - mystery. lets see.

  7. Looks so good and yummy. I can imagine the taste with the roti and gobi curry. Very very nice recipe.

  8. Another dish, sure!! Love all your recipes any time, ISG! :)

  9. My mom is such a big fan of fresh pigeon peas :)

  10. This looks delicious! Hmm ... I doubt if I can get fresh pigeon peas, do you know if frozen ones are available?

  11. kaykat I don't get fresh either, I used the frozen ones, they are avaialable here in the Indian grocery stores.

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