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Crisp Cucumber with Nutty Peas
Courtesy of CanolaInfo
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Cook Time: 25 Min.
What you need:
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+ 1 c. yellow split peas, rinsed (250 mL)
+ 3 Tbsp. canola oil (45 mL)
+ 1 tsp. black or yellow mustard seeds (5 mL)
+ 2 large (about 1 1/2 lbs./750 g) cucumbers, peeled, seeds discarded and cut into 1/2-in. (1-cm) cubes
+ 2 fresh green Serrano chiles, stems discarded and finely chopped (do not remove seeds)
+ 1 medium tomato, cored and cut into 1/2-in. (1-cm) cubes
+ 1/4 c. finely chopped fresh cilantro (60 mL)
+ 1 tsp. coarse kosher or sea salt (5 mL)
+ juice from 1 medium lime
What to do:
1. In small saucepan, bring yellow split peas and 1 quart (1 L) water to rolling boil over medium-high heat. Skim off and discard any foam that rises to top. Lower heat and simmer briskly until peas are tender, but still firm-looking, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to prevent further cooking. Transfer peas to medium bowl.
2. In small skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Once oil appears to shimmer, add mustard seeds, cover pan, and cook until seeds have stopped popping and are golden brown, about 30 seconds. Scrape oil and seeds into bowl containing peas.
3. Add cucumbers, chiles, tomato, cilantro, salt and lime juice. Stir well and serve at room temperature or chilled.

* Recipe courtesy of Raghavan Iyer, cookbook author, Minneapolis and CanolaInfo.
Nutritional information:
Calories: 150;   Total Fat: 6g;   Saturated Fat: 0g;   Cholesterol: 0mg;   Total Carbs: 19g;   Fiber: 1g;   Protein: 7g;   Sodium: 150mg;