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Leek and Split Pea Pilaf

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Yesterday my day started with a glucose tolerance test which involved 12 hours of fasting before they sucked my veins dry. I hate needles so for me it doesn’t get much worse than that, I thought. You see I had been suffering with an earache for the past 3 weeks that was radiating through my head and teeth. I seen the doctor 3 times over the 3 weeks and she just kept telling me there was no infection and that it would pass. On my third visit I asked if I should see a dentist and she agreed it couldn’t hurt. So, yesterday evening at 17:20 was the appointment I made. The time suited me because I was planning to meet friends for a long over due sampling of a new Chinese restaurant in town at 18:30. I figured I was just going to the dentist for him to have a look and if there was anything that needed doing then I could make another appointment to get it done. Not so. It turned out that I had an infection that in his words ‘could explode like a volcano at any moment’, the tooth had to come out. I begged him to put it off ’till tomorrow but when he told me it could hurt my baby naturally I told him whip the sucker out. I was shaking like a leaf, terrified. I’ve had a tooth pulled before and wasn’t so frightened, this time I was an emotional wreck. 

After needles in my arm, needles in my gum and a tooth pulled out of my head I figured I deserved an evening with the girls more than ever so I went for dinner despite the hole in my mouth. I had a great time last night but my goodness did I pay for it today! My mouth was hopping all day, pain, pain, pain. My face was swollen too. Chewing was not so easy today so I figured I better make something soft and easy to eat. I made Kedgeree (overcooked rice). I added some leeks and split peas for nutrition and threw it all in the pressure cooker for 3 whistles. When I opened the pressure cooker it looked more like Pilaf than Kedgeree. It tasted good but more importantly I was able to eat it. I served it with some homemade chips and stir-fried runner beans. Some chutney would have been nice though.

Leek and Split Pea Pilaf
Author: Mira
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 cups leeks chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of split peas
  • 3 cardamon pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 3 cups of rice
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 6 cups of water
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker.
  2. Add the chopped leeks and garlic.
  3. Season and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the split peas, cardamon, cinnamon and turmeric. Cook for further 5 minutes.
  5. Add the rice and tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the cumin powder mix all together then add the water.
  7. Close the pressure cooker lid and cook till 3 whistles.
  8. Make sure the air is all out before you open the pressure cooker.
  9. Check for more seasoning and serve with some meat or any vegetable of your choice.
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