1/2 lb yellow or green split dried peas
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds , 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnammon
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder, 6 whole cloves (or 1/2 teaspoon ground)
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg, 2 teaspoon lite soy sauce
Wash the peas well and discard any discoloured ones. Put them in a large saucepan with water and bring quickly to the boil. reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until they have completely softened and are beginning to break down (the time taken will depend on how old they are). check the water frequently and add more as required.
When the peas are almost done, gently heat the soy sauce and spices for a few minutes, stirring often.
When the peas are cooked , drain if necessary and add the soy sauce and spices.
Mash to a thick cream , transfer to a hot dish and serve.
These are good served with curries or even cold with a salad. Cold leftover s go quite hard and can be sliced and grilled on toast the next day (recommended).
Of course - if you substituted the peas for lentils you have one quick way of making Dahl!