Friday, April 24, 2015

Collard Greens with Black Eyed Peas

I have never cooked with this green earlier. This green veggie reminded me of Colacasia leaves. It is thick and firm and takes time to cook. I found this from Raghavan Iyer's cookbook called Indian cooking unfolded.

Ingredients :

Dried Black Eyed Peas : 3/4 cup
Collard Greens : 1 bunch
Tomato : 2
Ghee/ Oil : 1 tbsp
Ginger : 1 inch
Garlic Cloves : 4
Garam Masala : 1 tsp
Chilli Powder :1 tsp
Salt : According to Taste

Procedure :
1. Add water and the dried beans in a pressure cooker. Cook for 2- 3 whistles. (The black eyed beans get cooked very soon).
2. Meanwhile remove the thick stem from the middle of collard greens and chop the leaves into small pieces or roll the leaves and cut into thin ribbons.
3. Heat oil/ ghee and saute the small pieces of ginger and garlic for 2 minutes. Now saute the chopped tomatoes till it turns a little mushy.
4. Now add the garam masala, chilli powder and the washed and cut collard greens.
5. Once the collard greens is half cooked (Cook for about 10 minutes); add the cooked black eyed peas.
6. Add water and cook it further for 10 minutes. Add salt according to taste.
7. Let the bean soak up the flavor. Serve it hot with Rice.