Kootu (Vegetables with Split Peas)

         Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Asian, Vegetables

1/2 c Yellow split peas 3 sm Potatoes 1/4 ts Each turmeric, cayenne 1/2 Head cabbage, shredded 2 Hot chili peppers, chopped 1/2 ts Salt 1 c Grated coconut 1 ts Ground cumin 2 tb Oil 1/2 ts Mustard seeds 1/2 ts Urid dal 1/2 ts White rice Instructions: Wash split peas, drain. Put in small saucepan with 1-1/2 c. water, bring to boil. Lower heat, cover partially, cook for 1 hour until peas are tender but not mushy. Make sure water doesn't totally evaporate. Set aside. Wash & peel potatoes; dice. Put potatoes in large saucepan with turmeric, cayenne & 2 c. water. Bring to boil; cover, lower heat & simmer for 7-8 minutes. Add cooked peas, cabbage, chilis, salt. Cook, stirring gently, over moderately high heat until cabbage is just tender. Add coconut & cumin. Lower heat & simmer a couple of minutes. Heat oil in small frypan. Add mustard seeds, urid dal & rice. When dal reddens add all to vegetables.