Indian Split peas with Apples
1 ½ cups yellow split peas
½ tsp turmeric, ground
5 cups water
4 T. ghee (clarified butter – I just use regular)
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp ground red chili
½ tsp. ground turmeric
14 ounce canned tomatoes, chopped
9 ounce cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped into ½ inch pieces
¼ tsp garam masala
1 T. chopped cilantro
1 small green chili, seeded and chopped
Place split peas, turmeric, a bit of salt and water in pot and bring to boil over medium heat. Skim off scum. Reduce heat to med-low, cover and cook 25 minutes until tender.
Meanwhile, heat ghee and fry cumin seeds until lightly browned. Add onion and fry until brown. Stir in garam masala, red chili and turmeric. Stir in tomatoes and apple, and cook for about 25 minutes until all liquid is absorbed and oil appears on the surface of the mixture. Mix together split peas, and onion mixture and simmer 2 minutes.
Sprinkle the garnish ingredients over the peas.