Nevertheless the smell and weird look from the neighbor, I absolutely love this dish ; the smell, texture of bamboo shoots, and every bite from black eyed peas is totally worth it.
|In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity in the new year.|
…another reason I love this dish is my emotional connection to it. It reminds of times where I shared a big bowl of aloo tama bodi with my parents over dinner, or with large group of family members during festivals; its more of a comforting feeling & great times we all shared back home as its widely eaten both on regular days and on special occasions in almost all Nepali household.
Before you get to cooking – be sure to open your windows, turn on the kitchen vents, and close all the doors to your room and coat closets.
The recipe may vary among person to person but I am sharing the recipe I learned from my mom and aunt using a pressure cooker.
Aloo Bodi Tama
1/2 bamboo shoots, sliced
1/2 cup black eyed peas (preferably soaked over night)
2 small potatoes, cubed
1/2 onions, sliced
1/2 green bell peppers, diced
1 tablespoon garlic/ginger paste
1-2 green chillies, finely chopped
2 tablespoon oil (canola/vegetable)
2-3 teaspoon cumin and coriander powder
1-2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon red chili powder
salt to taste
water, varies depending upon how thick you want your final product
cilantro leaves, chopped (for garnish)
*pickled bamboo shoots are usually found at Asian supermarket or International food section at major grocery stores. It can be found canned or in plastic container and make sure to get the sliced ones.
-Add blackeyed peas, continue stirring then add bamboo shoots, bell peppers & tomatoes
-Lower the hit just a little bit and add all the spices listed above
-Stir everything until well combined then add water (about 3-4 cups) then allow it to pressure cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes and black eyed peas are soft/cooked thoroughly
-Add water if necessary and let it simmer until it reaches the desired consistency. Adjust taste as necessary
-Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro leaves before serving