Mixed Split Pea Dhal with Collard Greens and Cauliflower, Quinoa with Papaya and Avocado (No Added Fat)
The husband especially likes Indian food and enjoys a lot of spice, but the wife likes minimal spice. I wanted to use fenugreek, which is supposed to help breast feeding mothers to produce more milk (though it may only be effective in higher dosages and possibly problematic at even higher ones).
I thought that I'd make a split pea dish; it's so easy in my Instant Pot, cooking in a ratio of 1:3 over 8-10 minutes of high pressure. I loved my recent collard green experiments, and thought I'd cook collards with the split peas. I also used a head of cauliflower.
My wife had picked up a papaya a few days ago, and I wondered what a savory quinoa-papaya-avocado side dish might be like, subtly flavored with onion. Here is what I did.
Ingredients (I usually cook for my family of 3, but was cooking for 2 more adults, and still ended up with leftovers)
- 2 cups split peas (I used 1 cup green and 1 cup yellow, since I didn't have 2 cups of either)
- 6 cups water
- 1T fenugreek
- 1t cumin
- 1/2 t turmeric
- 2 1/2 cups collard greens; after removing bottoms of stems, cut into 1/2" squares (3 collard leaves)
- Small-medium cauliflower cut into florets (mine generated 4 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups carrots cut into large 3/8"-1/2" slices (it took 5 small-medium carrots)
- 1 cup onion cut into 3/8" cubes
- 2t lime or lemon juice
- 1/2 t (or to taste) salt
- I put all the ingredients except the onion, lemon juice, and salt, into my Instant Pot pressure cooker and cooked for 9 minutes.
- After the cooking was done, I waited a few minutes and gently released pressure, then mixed in the onion, lemon juice, and salt.
- I served with cut jalapeno on the side for any who wanted to add some spicy heat.
It was nice seeing how the cauliflower cooked down essentially into a thickening agent. The fenugreek added just a bit of bitterness, but it was fine.
The star of the meal was the quinoa. What a great combination papaya, avocado, and quinoa makes. Why didn't I think of something like this before?