East Indian Split Pea Pilaf
Yellow split peas, chicken broth and savory spices turn long grain rice into a piquant pilaf. "This recipe was given to me by a friend from India," notes Marilyn Rodriguez of Fairbanks, Alaska. "It's a great side dish to go with curry recipes."
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Cook: 30 min.
- 2/3 cup dried yellow split peas
- 4-3/4 cups water, divided
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
- 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
- In a large saucepan, combine peas and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until tender. Drain and keep warm.
- In a large nonstick skillet, cook the bay leaf in oil until golden, about 3 minutes. Add onion; saute until tender. Stir in the seasonings; saute for 30 seconds. Add the rice; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Stir in broth and remaining water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender. Add peas; heat through. Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 214 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 572mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.
Originally published as East Indian Split Pea Pilaf in Light & Tasty October/November 2001
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