Safed vataana refers to dried white peas. When fresh peas are not available or when you want to enjoy a starchier, hardier flavored legume, dried peas or white vataana are the perfect choice as they are available any time of the year. Although they belong to the same family as beans and lentils, they are usually distinguished as a separate group because of the ways in which they are prepared. The different types of safed Vataana are all spherical, a feature that also sets them apart from beans and lentils. Dried peas are produced by harvesting the peapods when they are fully mature and then drying them. Once they are dried and the skins removed, they split naturally. While we generally associate dried peas with a deep green color, they are also available in a yellowish white(safed) color, which offers a more delicate flavor.
Parboiled safed vataana- Parboiling is a cooking technique in which soaked hara vataana are partially cooked in boiling water, but removed before it is cooked all the way through. Many recipes call for parboiled peas as they longer to cook. Parboiling them in advances ensures that they get completely cooked in the final dish.
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Soaked safed vatana
Soak the safed vatana in plenty of water for 6 to 8 hours. Drain and use as per the recipe.
Dried peas are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. They are available as whole peas or split peas. Regardless of packaging, check the peas as best as possible to ensure that they are not cracked and that they are free of debris.Culinary Uses
" Use safed vataana to make dhal, the classic Indian dish.
" Safed vataana soup, whether homemade or from a container, is a delicious way to enjoy this nutritious legume.
" Purée cooked peas with your favorite herbs and spices and serve as a side dish.
" Boiled safed vataana can be made into a tangy chaat with chopped onions, green chilies and tomatoes.How to store
Dried peas or safed vataana will keep for several months if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. If you need to store them for longer, you can keep them in the refrigerator. Health benefits
" Dried peas, a small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Not only can dried peas help lower cholesterol, they are also of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal.
" Dried peas also provide good to excellent amounts of four important minerals, two B-vitamins, and protein--all with virtually no fat.
" Dried peas, like other legumes, are rich in soluble fiber.
" They are a good source of potassium, which may decrease the growth and development of blood vessel plaques and is also good for lowering high blood pressure.