Indian-Spiced Split Peas

Indian-Spiced Split Peas with Fresh Radish Leaves // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Indian food and summer just seem to go together, as do crock pots and summer. And Indian food and crock pots… making this dish just perfect for when the temperatures soar.

It’s also an ideal way to incorporate radish greens into your diet. Radish greens are often seen as a “waste” product, but they are at least as nutritious as radishes themselves. They are significant source of calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. They are full of antioxidants, and may have cancer-fighting properties as well.

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Indian-Spiced Split Peas with Fresh Radish Leaves

4 cups split peas, rinsed and drained (Green or yellow split peas work great; I usually use about half green and half yellow.)

2 medium onions, chopped

2-3 tomatoes, chopped

an approximately 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped fine

a small head of garlic, peeled and chopped fine (I like to use something like this to chop the ginger and garlic — it saves a ton of time and trouble!)

1 tablespoon salt (I like this kind)

1 tablespoon cumin seeds (like this or get quality herbs and spices here)

1/2 teaspoon garam masala (like this or get quality herbs and spices here)

1 teaspoon turmeric powder (like this or get quality herbs and spices here)

1 teaspoon red chili powder (like this or get quality herbs and spices here) [Note: This dish is not spicy, if you like your Indian food to bite back, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (like this or get quality herbs and spices here) too. It’s good both ways, but I prefer it without the cayenne!)

1/3 cup coconut oil (like this)

8 cups of water

4 cups of packed radish leaves, washed and chopped (spinach leaves work great, too)

Add everything except the radish leaves to the crock pot and cook on high for 5 1/2 hours. Then add the radish leaves and cook for another hour on low.

split peas ingredients shot

I like to make a big batch of this late in the week… to have for leftovers throughout the weekend. It saves us the temptation of ordering expensive (and bad-for-you) take-out after long days out of the house. 😉

It is really excellent served beside some homemade yogurt.

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13 Responses to Indian-Spiced Split Peas

  1. I was so interested to learn how nutritious radish greens are! Your Indian Spiced Split Peas sound really flavourful and wholesome, Christine. I like the addition of the ginger. Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. Pinned and tweeted 🙂

  2. Hi Christine,
    Yum! What a delectable recipe! I too love Indian food. I am lucky enough to live near Little India in my city so I often try new dishes that inspire my home cooking. I can’t wait to try your recipe for Indian-Spiced Split Peas! I am so delighted that you this healthy and delicious recipe with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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  4. Miz Helen says:

    Your Split Peas look delicious, what awesome flavor! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Millie says:

    Yum! That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday.

  6. I love split peas. They’re frugal and tasty. Hello from Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party – sending you Like love!

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thanks! I’m so glad you stopped by!
      By the way, I love your meal plan… “But no glitter. That would be bad.” I’ll probably still be smiling about that tomorrow morning! 😀

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