Split pea dal is a delicious Indian lentil dish made of split peas. Split peas are harvested in winter season and are available in yellow and green varieties. Round in shape, these are often referred to as matar in Hindi.
Split pea dal is usually yellow colored, thick and flavorful. The dish is also consumed in parts of Guyana, Fiji islands and Trinidad, where it is referred to as a lentil soup.
Split Peas Dal Recipe Overview
Ingredients- The ingredients which are required to make split pea dal comprise yellow or green split peas, oil, mustard seeds, cumin, salt, garlic and tomatoes. The choice of herbs and spices for split pea dal varies as per the indivudal preferences.
Method of preparation- For split pea dal recipe, the peas are washed thoroughly and then boiled for one to two hours until tender. The other ingredients are cooked in the skillet and the split peas are added to it. Split pea dal is normally made thick; however, water can be added to make the dish thin in consistency. Coriander leaves are used for garnishing split pea dal.
Serving Split Pea Dal
Split pea dal is often served hot with Indian bread, poori. Onion and tomato salad usually accompanies the dish. The dal prepared with split peas is often relished with steamed rice.
When prepared dry, the dal is eaten with chat (Indian snack consisting of potato patties and crispy mixture), mostly as a stuffing in paani poori or with aloo tikki (potato patty). Matar is also served in road side stalls and is relished with white bread.
Popular Split Pea Dal Recipes
Trinidad split pea dal- Traditionally, split peas dal is a vegetarian dish which is prepared by slow cooking. The dal is usually made spicy by including cloves, turmeric, Habanero and scotch bonnet pepper. The non-vegetarian split pea dal recipe calls for ham or chicken pieces which are added to the peas when being slow-cooked.
Green split pea dal with turkey- It is a delicious dal preparation made by using green split peas. Turkey sausages, coconut milk, curry powder and chicken stock are added to the dish along with regular herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of the dish.
Gingery split pea dal- This dal makes use of ginger paste which adds to the flavor of the dish. Gingery split pea dal also contains little amount of sugar which lends a sweet taste to dal. This dish is often savored with hot breads in winter season
Nutritional Facts of Split Pea Dal
Split peas dal is a healthy dish which is a good source of protein. Split peas are one of the natural foods containing maximum amount of fiber. Fiber not only helps in digestion but also aids weight loss by making feel fuller. The dish also provides the body with vitamin A, vitamin K. The minerals like phosphorus, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese and magnesium are also provided by split pea dal dish.
Split pea dal- Trivia
Chana dal is often confused with split peas dal due to same color and texture. Chana dal, also known as Bengal gram, is a type of Indian chicke pea whereas split pea is a legume.