Split Peas with Purple Potato, Cauliflower, and Carrot, served with Millet-Brown Rice Ramen Noodles and Heirloom Poona Kheera Cucumber (No Added Fat)
My daughter and I enjoyed visiting the farmers' market and brought home two big bunches of basil to make pesto as I did last week, purple potatoes, green tomato, a lovely light yellow cauliflower, peas (my daughter enjoys eating them as soon as we buy them so few made it home), and a heirloom Poona kheera cucumber I've not seen before, originally from India. I thought that I'd make a vegetable and split pea dish; split peas take 8-10 minutes with a 1:3 ratio to water to cook and potatoes take 7-9 minutes when cubed and 10-12 minutes whole (for baby potatoes, and these are small, maybe 1 1/2" in diameter).
I tried something new with the pressure cooker today. To start the water heating, I sometimes add boiling water instead of room temperature water. Instead, I put the water in initially and used the slow cooker button to start the water and subsequent ingredients heating. When all the ingredients were in, I cancelled the slow cook program and went into high pressure cooking, only then putting the top in.
- 1 cup split peas (I had green split peas and used them, but yellow would be fine)
- 3 cups water
- 1 clove garlic, finely (1/8") diced
- 1 medium carrot, cut into 3/8" slices (mine yieled a cup)
- 1 green tomato chopped into 3/8" cubes (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 2 1/4 cups potato cut into approximately 1" pieces; I used 6 purple potatoes
- 1/8 t turmeric
- 1/4 t lemon pepper (or freshly ground black pepper)
- 1 cup chopped (1/4") sweet (or other) onion
- Approx. 1/2 t salt (or to taste)
- 1t lime (or lemon) juice
- I rinsed the split peas several times then put then into the Instant Pot pressure cooker, along with water, garlic (I skipped as I was out of garlic, alas), carrot, green tomato, cauliflower, potato, turmeric, and lemon pepper.
- I cooked for 9 minutes under high pressure.
- When the pressure cooker was done, I let it sit for a few minutes, slowly let out the remaining pressure, and carefully opened the pot.
- I mixed in the onion, salt, and lime juice, and served.