Preparation / Directions:
Dahl or dal, a great toast topper, is a traditional puree served with Indian curry dinners. (Adapted from Mollie Katzen's "Still Life With Menu," Ten Speed Press; 1988.)
Combine split peas and broth in Dutch oven and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until peas are soft and most of water has been absorbed, 1 to 11/2 hours.
In 10-inch nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat, combine Sherry, garlic, cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric and cinnamon and cook, stirring frequently, until liquid evaporates, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Mash peas with sauteed spices and refrigerate overnight. Add salt and pepper before serving. Makes 2 to 21/2 cups