Sunday, May 5, 2013

Masala Matar | Green Peas Masala

Regardless of season I always keep green peas in my refrigerator or freezer. They are perfect for adding to pretty much any curry or dal and also make great stuffing for parathas, pooris, and kachoris!! Fresh peas tend to be so sweet and delicious that I generally make very simple recipes with peas. They taste best when they are just a little undercooked and not over seasoned. But once in a while I like to indulge and make curry rich dishes that include peas. My brothers visit last weekend was one such occasion and I wanted to make loads of special food to spoil him.

This recipe is a real treat. Its not too spicy, and has no cream in it either. All its flavour comes from the curry paste and the quality of the green peas. Its a wonderful recipe too if you are just starting out with trying to make Indian food at home. With just a few easily available ingredients it is easy also to put together. Pair with zeera rice and you will have family and friends licking their fingers and singing your praises for days:)

3 cups green peas
1 large onion, chopped fine
4 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1/2" piece cinnamon
Salt to taste
5 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
1/2 tsp lal mirch (red chili powder)
3 tbsp oil

Grind to a Fine Paste:
2 medium onions, quartered
4 cloves garlic
1" piece ginger
10-12 almonds

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the chopped onions, then the cloves, cinnamon, and black peppercorns. Fry for a minute, then reduce heat. Continue frying until the onion turn transparent.
  2. Place all the ingredients in the 'grind to a fine paste' in a food processor and grind to a fine paste.
  3. Add this to the fried onion and spice mix. Fry on a gentle heat, stirring constantly until the oil begins to separate.
  4. Now add the tomato paste, red chili powder, and haldi powder. Stir and fry for a minute, the pour in 1 cup and a half of water. Stir well to blend all ingredients. 
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and add the green peas and salt to taste. Continue cooking to on a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until the peas are cooked and the gravy has thickened.
  6. Make adjustments to spices as required, turn off the heat.
  7. Enjoy hot with parathas or rice.
Vegan Recipe

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  1. looks delicious and very tempting :)

  2. Lovely and delicious peas masala. Looks mouthwatering and beautiful click...

  3. Your masala matar looks delicious! I love peas!!

  4. Matar masala looks total spicy and luscious. Wonderful clicks.....

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  5. Hi thanks for visiting my blog and giving ur comment. U 2 have a lovely blog.

  6. Yumm.. spicy and delicious.. all I need is a roti :)


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