Dear Lemonade 25 Readers,
to celebrate the launch of my cookbook, Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul, here is another exclusive recipe.
The summer monsoon season in India is a time of both romance and trial. We were in Goa during the monsoons a couple of years ago, and I found myself intoxicated by the way the coconut groves and rice paddies turned almost neon green against the gray skies. The rains were mercurial; one minute we strolled under blue skies and hot sun, the next we ran for cover under corrugated roofs by the side of the road. During the monsoons, fish, normally a staple in coastal towns like Goa and my own, Mangalore, is hard to come by. That’s when lentils come into play, although I must say, these black-eyed peas are so good, you don’t need to wait for your own version of the monsoons to make them! These go great with white basmati rice (page 115) or hunks of crusty bread, and a simple green salad.