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23 March, 2012

Alande or Cow Peas

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As a part of Blogging Marathon I have chosen Kid Friendly Snacks, snacks that can be ready under 30 minutes. This is my entry for  BM#14, Group 2, Day 1.

We have store brought snacks in the evening as I am too tired and frankly it never did occur to me that some planning and precooking in the morning can get me delicious and healthy snacks.
Basically I want to try out something that my elder daughter (who hates cooking but   cooks beautifully when needed, read when I am not well) can make in a jiffy when she comes with her friends.
One of the simplest things is boiling stuff like corn, peas etc. but in Goa we get what is locally called Alsande.


This is the fag end of the season the Alsande are grown and dried to get, well the seeds, the seeds are brought in bulk sundried again and stored at homes. These are then used to make delicious Tonak, a delicacy. In any function Alsande Tonak is a must, well things are changing a lot now we have other newer dishes gracing the occasion but still this is generally expected. I have tried making Usal out of it in the past.


O I seem to be off the track… To continue the Alsande pods appear like this and are sold at Rs. 20/- a bundle. Bring them home, wash and pressure cook them in salted water for 2 whistles. Let the pressure come down, peel the pods like you would peel peas.


Eat the delicious Alsande as they are or squeeze lime and sprinkle chili powder on them (we never seem to get down to doing that they disappear).


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0 thoughts on : Alande or Cow Peas

  • March 23, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I've seen them at the market, but have never tried them…but actually we call them (at least here in America) cranberry beans. Cow Peas is actually another name for black-eyed peas here.

  • March 23, 2012 at 8:36 am

    This is nice . Simple recipes make the mood most days..i liked the idea of sprinling red chilly powder

  • March 23, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Wow healthy n yummy snack…

  • March 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I have seen them many times in the local market but never knew what to make from them.. now i know thanks for sharing

  • March 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    So simple and healthy…kids will love it.

  • March 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Daughters are so much help to mothers 🙂 Nice healthy idea

  • March 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Never seen this kind of beans, But guess if this works with ALsande, it can work with long beans also. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe, so easy and kid friendly.

    Happy Gudi Padwa to you and a happy new year!!
    Love Ash.

  • March 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    this is cool…I like the idea of boiling first and then peeling..saves so much labour!..and so healthy..simple and a great snack!!

  • March 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    We do a similar snack with soy beans in pods. Tasty and healthy one and thx for linking to the event.

  • March 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Absolutely love this healthy snack and yes, I do agree homemade snacks are all ways better than store bought ones. Lovely!!! Jayanthi (www.sizzlingveggies.com)

  • March 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Absolutely love this healthy snack and yes, I do agree homemade snacks are all ways better than store bought ones. Lovely!!! Jayanthi (www.sizzlingveggies.com)

  • March 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    looks delicious and yummy …..

  • March 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This is one of my favourite beans. I use it in many ways, though I've never tried plain steaming and eating with salt.

  • March 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Yummy alsande.. Hard to get fresh ones out here.. But am sure I can make this with dried beans too.

  • March 24, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I love to much these kind of healthy snack some times!!Thanks for sharing it..simple n fast recipe 🙂

  • March 24, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I love this snack..I remember my granny boiling the beans as such before shelling it out..good one..

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Loved these healthy protein rich snack.I guess i have one recipe for Alsande now!!!

  • March 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Must be very healthy to snack, thank you for sharing with Healthy Morsels 🙂

  • March 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I have seen this here, but have never bought them. I will give them a try since I know at least one recipe now :))

  • March 25, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Very healthy, fiber n protein rich beans…filling n healthy snack…thanks for linking to my event HITS!!

  • Uma
    March 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    My childhood fav. Simply love it. Thanks for linking to my event. I was away from blogging for some time and cudn't lookback to you quickly.:-)

  • March 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    As Mireille said, I too was thinking about cranberry beans when I saw the picture.
    Defintely a healthy snack.

  • March 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    For sure its very healthy ! Cant beat the taste of healthy homemade snacks !!! Thank you for sharing it with Healthy Morsel 🙂

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