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Vada Papu - Indian

Vada Papu - Indian Dessert Split Pea Salad - This delicious salad with apples and coconut is a healthy protein packed snack.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 181kcal


  • 1 cup yellow split peas soaked overnight
  • 1/3 cup jaggery powdered (substitute: firmly packed dark brown sugar)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 apple peeled, cored and cut into small dice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup frozen grated coconut defrosted (or freshly grated coconut)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom


  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
  • Add presoaked split peas and boil for 30 minutes, skimming foam with a soup ladle that rises to the top as needed. (alternately, this can be done in an instant pot or pressure cooker).
  • Immediately drain and run with cold water to stop cooking process. You don’t want the peas to be mushy. They should be just done.
  • Heat jaggery and water over medium high heat, until jaggery melts.
  • Add the peas and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until peas have absorbed the jaggery syrup.
  • Toss apple with the lemon juice.
  • Remove peas from heat and add coconut and apple.
  • Add raisins, fennel seed and cardamom. Stir to combine.
  • Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.


It is better to wait at least 30 minutes before eating to wait for the flavors to develop.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg
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