Place dried peas in a saucepan and add sufficient water to cover them.
Stir in the soda and asafoetida powder and cook over a moderate heat for about 15 minutes until the peas are tender. You can also pressure cook them. Drain.
Serve individually taking 2 scoops of cooked peas and cover with little chopped onions, cucumber. tomatoes and potatoes. Sprinkle with spices to individual taste. Pour a little tamarind & green chutney and lemon juice on the top.