Kawpi or Cowpea is a popular breakfast in Sri Lanka. We eat grains as breakfast.  This Cowpea Salad is easy to prepare. Good as an appetizer, also good as breakfast.
 
Ingredients: (for 5 portions)
3 cups Cowpea
1 tbs chilli flakes
2-3 dry red chilli, cut into pieces
2 springs Curry leaves
half onion sliced
1 tbs ginger,garlic paste
1 tspn mustard seeds
1-2 tbs oil to fry
salt to taste
(Pinch of baking soda-optional)
Method
Soak Cowpea in water for about 6 hours.
Hint: Add a pinch of baking soda when soaking. This will soften cowpea.
When you are ready to prepare the salad,
First boil soaked cowpea.
Drain the water.
Heat 1-2 tbsp. oil in a pan.
Add mustard seed when oil is heated.
Then add ginger, garlic paste.
When you get the fragrance, add onion & curry leaf, also dried red chilli.
Mix well.
Then add chilli flakes & mix.
Now it is time to add boiled chick peas.
Mix well & add salt to taste.
Remove from the burner .
Cowpea salad is ready to serve…
In Sri Lanka, This is a kind of street food.
I love this, because it is freezer friendly. Always I cook more and freeze them. Easily can be kept in freezer for about 3 weeks & I use it for breakfast.
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