Easy Black Eyed Peas Salad

Did you know that in the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity in the New Year? Quite frankly I did not know this either and heard about it only recently from a friend. Not sure if it brings good luck or not, but I am pretty sure that they are good for you. Black-eyed peas are very good fiber sources, rich sources of potassium, natural sodium and zinc.

These legumes are pretty versatile. They can be used for making dry stir fry, soups, gravy based curries and salads of course.

I like preparing salads like these ahead of time so that the flavors of the dressing can marinate and incorporate with the peas and the vegetable. I make a big batch of this and snack on them when I am hungry. It is not only filling but then I feel good about what I am eating. 

The predominant flavor of this salad comes from the lemon juice, so use it liberally. Substitute the beans and veggies with your choice if you do not prefer the ones that I have suggested here.


  • 1 can black eyed peas (rinsed and drained )
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • ¼ cup corn (fresh/frozen)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp Pepper powder /crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp oil


  • If using canned black eyed peas then drain the liquid and rinse the beans. Drain water completely.
  • Else you can soak the black eyed peas overnight and pressure cook the following day. Drain the cooked liquid (or use it for something else) and use only the cooked beans.
  • In a big bowl add the veggies first and toss it gently. Add the cooked peas, cilantro, corn and combine them well.
  • Add salt, sugar, lemon juice, pepper powder and stir well.
  • Let it sit aside for an hour or so, so that veggies soak up all the goodness. 

Kulith Idli/ Horsegram Idli and the Giveaway winner….

Thank you dear readers for participating in the Masala Dabba giveaway. Based on the response it appears that many people are impressed with the ying yang version of the Masala Dabba designed and created by GitaDini. 

As promised I did a lucky draw with help from random.org and my 7 year old. Without much ado the lucky winner is “Triveni Limye”. I have sent her an email and she has gladly responded back. Congratulations Triveni, hope you enjoy the sleek masala box which you will receive shortly.

And now off to today’s recipe of making Idli using Kulith/ Horse gram. Traditional Idli is quite common in our house. But then I love making tweaks and adding other nutritious lentils, beans and making it much more nutritious. So I tried making Idli by using Horse gram along with the usual Urad daal. 

There is no much difference in taste with the addition of Horse Gram in this batter as compared to the usual idli (provided correct fermentation is done).  However if you are not used to eating brown idli or having for the first time, then you may feel a slight after taste than that of regular old idli. But this can be overcome by serving this along with good chutney or a side dish. 


  • ½ cup horsegram/kulith
  • 1/2 cup urad daal (split and de-husked)
  • 1 ¼ cup idli rava
  • Tablespoon of cooked rice/ poha (beaten rice) [soaked]
  • 1 tsp methi 


  • In several changes of changes clean the urad daal, horse gram and methi seeds.
  • Soak the horsegram. urad daal along with methi overnight (6-8 hours) in enough water. 
  • The next morning or after 8 hours soak the idli rava in water for 1-2 hours.
  • Grind the urad daal, methi with cooked rice/poha and required amount of water to make a paste. 
  • Do not add too much water; the water should be sufficient just so that the mixer/grinder motor runs smoothly.
  • When I notice some small fine bubbles (maybe about 4-5 of them) on the top I stop the grinding. (This is optional and may not be the case all the time).
  • Drain the water completely from the soaked rava and add this urad daal paste thoroughly with washed idli rava. This should be as thick as possible.
  • Keep it aside to ferment for at least 8 hours (14 hours in winter atleast).


  • After the batter is fermented, add salt and water and mix the idli batter well. The batter should not be very thick. (it needs to be of pouring consistency)
  •  Grease the idli stand and pour batter in each of the container in the idli stand.
  • Steam this in a pressure cooker without whistle/weight for 15 minutes.
  • Take the idlis out and serve along with chutney. Serve hot.

A sleek Masala Box /Storage Bin Giveaway from GitaDini



Masala Dabba a round spice box usually made of steel is one of the quintessential part of many Indian kitchens. It has seven smaller bowls inside which holds seven different spices (ground or whole) or spice blends (masala). Growing up this was an essential part of my mom’s kitchen and this was the first thing that came out when the cooking started for the day. And now years later a stainless steel dabba filled with spices is an integral part of my kitchen too.

When a representative from the company GitaDini contacted me about the company and their products I was intrigued. Amongst their many products the one that caught my attention was this very different version of the Masala box; a new take on the traditional version. With twelve small containers this can hold five more spices or spice blends more than the traditional ones. As the box is made of plastic it is not bulky but much lighter than the ones made of steel. And the best thing is that if you do not want to store the usual spices, you can store something else.

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Here is more about the company and their products, right from their website.

GiaDini offers range of home accessories, products for the home and kitchen that are modern and functional to suit western lifestyles, but still reflect eastern culture and tradition.

The Yin Yang Storage Bin Set provides elegant, airtight storage for up to 12 different spices, herbs, seeds, nuts, etc. In addition to spice storage, it can help organize desk supplies, sewing materials, costume jewelry or other small items. Or fill it with chocolate or candy as a unique and practical housewarming gift! Available in a choice of three color combinations

  • 2 airtight, odorless plastic containers seal in freshness and flavor
  • Extended end tab for easy opening
  • Set includes 12 stainless steel containers – dishwasher safe
  • Set includes 2 plastic measuring scoops

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Now that I have piqued your interest here is your chance to get one through this giveaway. Thanks to GitiDini, one of these boxes can be yours.  If you would like to receive this sleek Storage box/Masala dabba then all you have to do is to leave your comment and follow these rules.


The rules could not be simpler, but please read it carefully.

  • Just leave a comment here saying if you own a spice box/masala dabba and what type.
  • One lucky person will be chosen at random. Make sure you provide your valid email address so that you can be contacted in case you are the winner.
  • Shipping will be done by GitiDini to United States address only.
  • The last date to enter a comment is midnight (CST) Friday January 18th.

That’s it! Now what are you waiting for, just get started. Good luck.

Draw: A winner will be selected at random on Saturday, January 19th and posted thereafter. I will also contact that person by sending an email; in case that person does not respond back within 2 days, another person will be chosen and contacted.

PS: People living outside of United States, do not despair, you can use this to gift your friends or relatives living here.

Thanks to GitiDini for letting me host this wonderful giveaway!