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Jun 17, 2011

Pigeon Peas Tomato Bath

             Pigeon peas/Tuvarai  fresh vegetable form of Tuvar Dal.This recipe is nothing but the same Arisi Paruppu Sadham of my mom's recipe .She use to make this simple one pot meal more delicious by adding more tomatoes and garlic.She use to make it with tuvar dal,for a change i tried with frozen Pigeon peas/Tuvarai...taste was same like Arisi paruppu sadham with mild tangy n garlic flavor.Brinjal poriyal,potato fry,vazhakkai varuval or a simple mango pickle are best combination for this rice.
           As I am sending this recipe to the event My Mothers's Kitchen..i would like add very few words about my mom's cooking... As I already told that i learnt My cooking from my Mom only..she is my Guru.But she leant her cooking only after her marriage :) I love her cooking a lot..mainly rasam n biryani.I proudly say that my mom's Rasam is the bestest rasam i tasted.Even all my relatives are a big fan of my mom's rasam.She use to cook very fast n doesn't like to be in kitchen for long time..Now after marriage that too after coming here(US), i miss my mom n her great cooking a lot :(  ok lets move on to the recipe...

Interesting facts about Pigeon Peas:It is rich in protein, minerals and is recommended for growing children.Pigeon Pea is rich in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. It has good amount of iron and selenium and small amount of zinc, copper and manganese.Pigeon Pea has good amount of Vitamin A, Niacin and small amount of thiamin, riboflavin, Vitamin B6, folate and pantothenic acid.Pigeon Pea cures cough, poisoning effect, gas troubles, acidity, stomach pain and piles. It makes a balanced human food, quells swelling of internal organs and with water it cures intoxicating effects.

  1. Rice    1 and 1/4  cup
  2. Pigeon Peas   3/4 cup
  3. Onion    1 large (sliced)
  4. Tomato    2 large (chopped)
  5. Garlic   6-7 flakes(peeled n cut in to small pieces)
  6. Curry leaves   2 sprigs
  7. Green chillies   4-5 (adjust acc. to your taste)
  8. Sambar powder   2 tsp
  9. Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
  10. Salt to taste
To temper
  1. Oil    2 tbsp
  2. Ghee   1 tbsp
  3. Mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
  4. Chana dal   1 tbsp
  5. Jeera/Cumin seeds   1/2 tsp
  6. Hing powder  1/4 tsp
  7. Dry red chillies   2-3 no.s(broken)
  • Wash rice and pigeon peas and soak rice separately for at least 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker,add the tempering ingredients and wait till sputter and fry them lightly.
  • After that add sliced onions n garlic and saute till onion turns translucent.
  • Then add tomatoes and saute till soft n mushy.
  • Now add the pigeon peas stir fry for a minute,then add turmeric powder n sambar powder stir well .
  • And add enough water (to cook  rice) and enough salt mix well and bring it to boil.
  • When it starts boiling add soaked n drained rice ,stir well and close it with a lid and pressure cook for 1-2 whistles.
  • then wait till pressure downs,and open the cooker and add some finely chopped cilantro and give a gentle mix.
  • Thats it...tangy n delicious Pigeon peas Tomato Bath is ready.

 Sending this recipe to the ongoing event My Mothers Kitchen- One Pot meal theme, by Mom Chef(Kalyani) and also the new event Cook It Healthy-Proteinicious theme by Sobha Shyam 


  1. Delicious recipe dear..Very healthy!!

    Sure, plz link to my event..thanks ur entry is the first one..thanks again, do send in more entries :)

  2. Nice recipe's cooking is the best..even I miss my moms cooking...just waiting eagerly for my vacations to rush to her place.

  3. Tomato bath looks wholesome,love the addition of pigeon peas, simply inviting..

  4. delicious rice..lovely idea of adding the pigeon peas..

  5. Superb Tomato rice!!Having this peas for a long time,i didnt get idea!!Now i got it :) Thanks for sharing.

  6. Very lovely looking tomato bath dear. Looks so inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Nice Idea yar.. Nowadays your recipes are with lovely ideas. keep going..

  8. Looks delicious..I ll try this recipe soon

  9. healthy and tasty tomato bath, perfect for event!


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