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Dum Shak Vegetable Casserole

1 c Dried yellow split peas
1 c Water
1/2 ts Salt
2 tb Vegetable oil
1 tb Cumin seeds
3 c Cilantro, chopped
2 c Grated fresh coconut or
1 c Flaked sweetened coconut
3 tb Serrano chilies, minced (about 8)
2 tb Ginger, peeled and grated
1 ts Salt
8 Garlic clove(s), minced
2 md Baking potatoes peeled, cut in 1" cubes (1 1/4 lb)
2 md Sweet potatoes peeled, cut in 1" cubes (1 1/4 lb)
1 lg Eggplant cut in 1" cubes (1 1/4 lb)
2 c Water
Cilantro sprigs to garnish


Sort and wash peas. Place in an ovenproof Dutch oven; cover with water to 2-inches above peas. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain peas, and return to pan.


Add 1 cup of water and ź tsp salt to pan, and bring to a boil. Cover pan, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Remove peas from pan and set aside. Wipe pan dry with a paper towel.


Heat oil in pan over high heat. Add cumin seeds and sauté for 1 minute. Add peas, cilantro and next 8 ingredients; stir gently.


Add 2 cups water to pan. Cover and bake at 400°F for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. Garnish with cilantro if desired.


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