Rinse the peas several times to thoroughly remove any dirt or debris. Put the peas in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot along with the water, cloves, cinnamon, salt, turmeric, sugar, and cardamom powder .
Bring to a boil, stirring well to keep the peas from lumping. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until peas are cooked tender but still separate, about 10 minutes total.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When it is hot add the cumin, minced green chili and red chili flakes and heat until aromatic, 20 to 30 seconds. Pour this perfumed oil over the peas and stir to combine.
Serve the dal hot over rice and top with Eggplant Fritters.
Yield: 4 servings