23 March, 2012
Alande or Cow PeasPosted in : Accompaniments, Bachelor Recipes, Blogging Marathon, Diabetics Friendly Foods, Goan, Healthy food, Indian Cuisine, Kid Friendly, Pressure Cooked, Salad, Simple and Healthy Vegetarian Diet in Old Age, Snack on by : admin Tags: Alsande, Blogging Marathon, Boiled, Chavali, Chawali, Cowpeas, Healthy food, Snack, Whole Grains
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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