Pigeon Pea Paste (Aka Arhar Dal or Toovar Dal)

Recipe by KateL
READY IN: 8hrs 35mins
SERVES: 24
YIELD: 6 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 12
    lbs dried whole pigeon peas (3 cups)
  • 6
    cups water
  • 3
    drops canola oil (to prevent foaming if using pressure cooker)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Pick over the peas and wash them well. Drain. Soak the peas overnight in water to cover by 5 inches. Drain, discard soaking liquid.
  • PRESSURE COOKER METHOD:
  • Put the drained peas in a pressure cooker and cover with water by 1/2 inch. Add a few drops of cooking oil to prevent foaming. Put the lid on and bring up to pressure. Cook for 15 minutes. Allow the pressure to drop by itself.
  • NON-PRESSURE COOK METHOD:
  • Put the drained peas in a medium pan along with water to cover them by 2 inches and bring it to a boil. Cover partially, turn the heat down to low, and simmer gently until the beans are tender, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours.
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