Alande or Cow Peas

As a part of Blogging Marathon I have chosen Kid Friendly Snacks, snacks that can be ready under 30 minutes. This is my entry for  BM#14, Group 2, Day 1.


We have store brought snacks in the evening as I am too tired and frankly it never did occur to me that some planning and precooking in the morning can get me delicious and healthy snacks.

Basically I want to try out something that my elder daughter (who hates cooking but   cooks beautifully when needed, read when I am not well) can make in a jiffy when she comes with her friends.



One of the simplest things is boiling stuff like corn, peas etc. but in Goa we get what is locally called Alsande.


This is the fag end of the season the Alsande are grown and dried to get, well the seeds, the seeds are brought in bulk sundried again and stored at homes. These are then used to make delicious Tonak, a delicacy. In any function Alsande Tonak is a must, well things are changing a lot now we have other newer dishes gracing the occasion but still this is generally expected. I have tried making Usal out of it in the past.


O I seem to be off the track… To continue the Alsande pods appear like this and are sold at Rs. 20/- a bundle. Bring them home, wash and pressure cook them in salted water for 2 whistles. Let the pressure come down, peel the pods like you would peel peas.


Eat the delicious Alsande as they are or squeeze lime and sprinkle chili powder on them (we never seem to get down to doing that they disappear).

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34 thoughts on “Alande or Cow Peas

  1. Chef Mireille March 23, 2012 at 6:45 am Reply

    I've seen them at the market, but have never tried them…but actually we call them (at least here in America) cranberry beans. Cow Peas is actually another name for black-eyed peas here.

  2. Lavanya March 23, 2012 at 7:15 am Reply

    looks very healthy dish :)http://lavanyasrecipes.blogspot.com/

  3. Priya dharshini March 23, 2012 at 8:28 am Reply

    Happy ugadi…luv the snacks idea for kids..

  4. The Pumpkin Farm March 23, 2012 at 9:06 am Reply

    This is nice . Simple recipes make the mood most days..i liked the idea of sprinling red chilly powder

  5. Akila March 23, 2012 at 10:10 am Reply

    Wow healthy n yummy snack…

  6. A Kamalika Krishmy March 23, 2012 at 11:05 am Reply

    I have seen them many times in the local market but never knew what to make from them.. now i know thanks for sharing

  7. Nisa Homey March 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm Reply

    So simple and healthy…kids will love it.

  8. Hamaree Rasoi March 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Daughters are so much help to mothers 🙂 Nice healthy idea

  9. Indulge March 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Never seen this kind of beans, But guess if this works with ALsande, it can work with long beans also. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe, so easy and kid friendly.Happy Gudi Padwa to you and a happy new year!!Love Ash.

  10. vaishali sabnani March 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm Reply

    this is cool…I like the idea of boiling first and then peeling..saves so much labour!..and so healthy..simple and a great snack!!

  11. Vardhini March 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply

    We do a similar snack with soy beans in pods. Tasty and healthy one and thx for linking to the event.

  12. Unknown March 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Absolutely love this healthy snack and yes, I do agree homemade snacks are all ways better than store bought ones. Lovely!!! Jayanthi (www.sizzlingveggies.com)

  13. Unknown March 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Absolutely love this healthy snack and yes, I do agree homemade snacks are all ways better than store bought ones. Lovely!!! Jayanthi (www.sizzlingveggies.com)

  14. Kalyani March 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply

    looks delicious and yummy …..

  15. Jayashree March 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm Reply

    This is one of my favourite beans. I use it in many ways, though I've never tried plain steaming and eating with salt.

  16. Sumee March 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm Reply

    Yummy alsande.. Hard to get fresh ones out here.. But am sure I can make this with dried beans too.

  17. Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi March 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm Reply

    I remember my mom making it when I was a kid!!

  18. Prabha Mani March 24, 2012 at 4:08 am Reply

    I love to much these kind of healthy snack some times!!Thanks for sharing it..simple n fast recipe 🙂

  19. Kalyani March 24, 2012 at 4:35 am Reply
  20. Srivalli March 24, 2012 at 7:59 am Reply

    I love this snack..I remember my granny boiling the beans as such before shelling it out..good one..

  21. schmetterlingwords March 24, 2012 at 9:32 am Reply

    A lovely and quick way to enjoy these Alsande peas. Thank you for linking with Healthy Morsels – Pregnancy.

  22. veena krishnakumar March 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Loved these healthy protein rich snack.I guess i have one recipe for Alsande now!!!

  23. Umm Mymoonah March 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm Reply

    Must be very healthy to snack, thank you for sharing with Healthy Morsels 🙂

  24. Rajani March 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm Reply

    I have seen this here, but have never bought them. I will give them a try since I know at least one recipe now :))

  25. sangee vijay March 25, 2012 at 1:06 am Reply

    Very healthy, fiber n protein rich beans…filling n healthy snack…thanks for linking to my event HITS!!

  26. Cool Lassi(e) March 26, 2012 at 2:49 am Reply

    What a healthy dish! Totally loving it.

  27. Uma March 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm Reply

    My childhood fav. Simply love it. Thanks for linking to my event. I was away from blogging for some time and cudn't lookback to you quickly.:-)

  28. Suma Gandlur March 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm Reply

    As Mireille said, I too was thinking about cranberry beans when I saw the picture. Defintely a healthy snack.

  29. Reshmi Ahmed March 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm Reply

    For sure its very healthy ! Cant beat the taste of healthy homemade snacks !!! Thank you for sharing it with Healthy Morsel 🙂

  30. Reshmi Ahmed March 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm Reply

    For sure its very healthy ! Cant beat the taste of healthy homemade snacks !!! Thank you for sharing it with Healthy Morsel 🙂

  31. Sravs March 31, 2012 at 4:37 am Reply

    Super healthy and delicious one !! Thanks for linking to the event !!Ongoing event CC:Vegan Diet – Plant Based Food

  32. Sravs March 31, 2012 at 4:37 am Reply

    Super healthy and delicious one !! Thanks for linking to the event !!Ongoing event CC:Vegan Diet – Plant Based Food

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