Sunday, January 20, 2008

Peas Masala

Here is another simple dish that goes very well with chapathi, naans and Ghee Rice. Yes, it it Peas Masala or Mattar Masala. You can use the frozen peas for this dish if you are running short of time. But I like the fresh ones or the dry ones the most for this dish. Here I have used the dried ones. I soaked them overnight and boiled them the next day. It's tastes so different from the frozen ones. So, let's go to the recipe.


Green Peas- 2 1/2 cups
Onion- 1 (small or medium)
ginger- 1"
garlic- 3 pods
fennel seeds- 1 tsp
cumin- 1/2 tsp
corriander seeds- 1/4 tsp
corriander leaves- a small fistful
mint leaves- 2 or 3 (optional)
green chilli- 1
tomatoes- 1 big
turmeric- 1/2 tsp
chilli powder- 1/4 tsp
chicken masala powder- 1/2 tsp(can use garam masala or any other masala powder)
salt- as requiredwater- 1 1/2 cups.


Soak dry peas overnight. Next day boil until just done with some salt and set aside.
Heat oil in a kadai. Grind everything from onion to green chillies. Add this paste to the oil and fry until you get a good smell or until the raw smell goes away. Then add finely chopped tomatoes and all the curry powders. Saute for 5 mins until the tomatoes gets all mushed up and the oil spots appear on top. Then pour water. The measure for water is approximate. You can add more or less as needed. Bring it to a nice boil. Then add boiled peas and boil one more time. Garnish with corriander leaves. You can add some cream or malai to make this gravy rich. Adding some cashew nut paste makes the gravy rich too. I've not used any of those here. But you can try it if you want. These can make your dish taste the best only setting apart the calorie aspect. I served mine with roti on the day I made. Next day I served it for Dosas. Tasted great with both.


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indosungod said...

Peas Masala looks great. I too like the dried peas better than the frozen ones. You know what they taste great with idlis too.

Namratha said...

Looks delicious Kribha, I think I'm gonna try this tonight!! :)

Jeena said...

Kribha I love peas curry yours looks so inviting I wish that I could take that bread and scoop some pea massala up! It looks so thick and delicious yum. :-)


Thats a nice combination,peas kurma with chappati....looks mouthwatering!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

looks yummy!!! I love peas masala

Happy cook said...

My first thought when i saw the picture was wow it looks just like my mom makes.
I do agree with the dried peas it taste really good.
Here I have not seen them .
The only dried peas i have seen here is the split peas which they use for soups.
So i will have to make them with the frozen ones.

Laavanya said...

Kribha, I totally agree with you. The dried peas work best for these kurma recipes. This sounds & looks like a winner!

Sagari said...

kriba , peas curry is one of my fav curry to accompain with puris and chapathis and your recipe looks delecious

Rajitha said... my home we make with the dried is much better than the fresh ones!! and ur plate with the rotis,kurma and cukes looks soo good :)

about is nothing but flax seeds ground up. You get flax meal in the grocery store-baking aisle (bob red-mill packets) is a great sub for eggs when whisked with soy-milk. Also flax meal being high in omega-3 is great for health ;) let me know if you have any further Q :)

Roopa said...

hi kribha peas masala is yummy :) i am stille at a haze to blogging back with lot of changes... will try to be back soon !

Bharathy said...

My daughters favourite!She loves this with Dosa,Idly,Chapathi,Roti,Nan or with even plain rice :)..
Simple and homely recipe here,Kribha :)

Sagari said...

Thanks for your lovely words in my blog kriba

Richa said...

kribha, can i take the full plate please :) looks soooo appetizing! also liked ur biryani, very wholesome.

Seema said...

Yummy Peas masala kribha.. Looks delicious!

Kalai said...

Kribha, this looks so rich and delicious without the addition of cream or cashew nut paste. Thanks for a healthy and yummy looking dish!

Asha said...

Hi Kribha, how are you doing? Hope i's not very cold there, I know we had a bit of snow last weekend.
Peas masala looks delicious, my mom used to make a similar one, great with chapatis. Good one!:)
(I have enabled the comments now)

remya said...

my MIL makes peas masala wid dried peas.... i love that taste...urs looks to have them wid naan /chappati...

Shankari said...

Oh what a heart warming meal..:)

meeso said...

This looks so good, I can imagine this with some warm bread :)


I am flying tommorrow to Chennai so see ur posts after 2 weeks! Take care and be in diet!!

Revathi said...

Hi Kribha
Just now read about kawa saki. So happy that you are out of it now. Wishing you and your family a great year ahead filled with good health and happiness -

Superchef said...

wow!! this is one tasty dish to be had with parottas!!yumm..

Mansi Desai said...

Hey Kribha, guess what? I posted almost the same recipe today:) with lachha paratha:D

your spread looks good girl!

Jeena said...

Hi Kribha,

Good news :-)

I enjoyed your recipe so much I had to cook and blog it, as it was so wonderful.

See my post about your recipe here:
Pea curry link

Thanks for sharing, it was a fantastic recipe.

Jeena xxx

Lakshmi said...

Looks so appetising! I love peas, so will cook it soon!!

easycrafts said...

I am getting fresh peas now and will surely try them..later i can always use dried and frozen ones

ruthEbabes said...

I read about this recipe on Jeena's blog. This looks amazing!

Adding your to my links.

Lisa said...

Love this dish. I can just imagine it with big chunks of paneer cheese. I too found this recipe from Jeena's blog and I've enjoyed looking though your blog. I'll be back for sure.

Latha Narasimhan said...

It has been raining peas here and I was looking for new recipes! Always good to post something on seasonal vegetables! Simple yet tasty gravy! :)
Hope your kid is fine! Hugs to you! Will be bloghopping regularly after 3 weeks!

Rina said...

Kribha, always loved peas masala.. yours look gr8. Take care dear.

Cynthia said...

Did you use fresh or frozen peas?

Vcuisine said...

A simple but delicious side meal. Viji

bhags said...

peas curry and puris is my fav combo......ths one looks delicious

Dhivya said...

Nice recipe..thanks for sharing

Kribha said...

Hi Shannon,
Welcome to my blog. Actually, I'm sorry. I don't remember getting any message from you earlier. Anyway, I'll look into this and mail you soon.

Hi ISG, Narmatha, Jeena, Raji and Ramya,
THANK YOU all your kind words. Happy to know that you all liked it.

Hi HC,
Did you say that it look like your mom's preparation? Really, that's a great honour for me. Thanks dear. Do try it with frozen ones but if you ever get a chance so try it with fresh or dried ones. You can really see the difference.

Hi Laavanya,
Thankyou dear.

Hi Sagari,
Thanks dear. I'm happy that you liked it. Also, you needn't thank me for my comments in your blog. Your dishes really deserved it.

Hi Rajitha,
Thankyou so much dear for the clarification about the flax seeds. Never knew about this earlier. It was so much informative.Thanks again.

Hi Roopa, Bharathy, Richa, Seema and Kalai,
THANK YOU all for your sweet comments. Enjoyed reading it and happy to know that you all liked it.

Hi Asha,
I'm doing good dear. We had 1" of snow too. Kavin made his first snowman and was a little upset when it melted away. Anyway, it was fun.
I'm so glad that you have enabled the comments now. Now I can talk to you any time I want.

Hi Ramya, Shankari and Meeso,
THANK YOU all for your sweet comments. Glad that you all liked the dish.

Hi Raji,
Have a safe trip. Enjoy your time in India. Take good care of Ajay. Give him a tight squeeze for me.
About the diet.... I'll try my level best. :-)

Hi Revathi,
Thankyou so much for your words. Really appreciate it. Also, Thanks for the new year wishes too.

Hi Super Chef and Mansi,
Thankyou both for your comments. Mansi , I'll check your blog for the lachha parata soon.

Hi Jeena,
As I have mentioned in your blog.... I have no words to express my ample joy to see that you tried my dish and liked it. Thankyou so much dear. I feel so honoured.

Hi Lakshmi and EC,
Thankyou both for your sweet comments.

Hi Ruthebabes,
A warm welcome to you. I'm so glad that you liked the dish. Please keep visiting.

Hi Lisa,
I'm so happy to have you here. Sure, Panner would be a great addition to this. But then the dish would be like panner mattar masala except that it has no cream in the gravy. Anyway, I'm totally a panner lover and you have convinced me to try it out with panner next time. Thanks for visiting. I'm looking forward to your next visit soon.

Hi Latha ma,
Nice to have year after sometime. I can understand that you have been busy. I have also been so irregular in blogging. Hope to be on track soon.
Kavin is doing fine ma. Just frequent colds due to the season. Thankyou so much for the hugs. Love you.

Hi Rina,
Thankyou so much dear. I'm so glad that you liked it.

Hi Cynthia,
Actually I used dry ones here. The fresh ones or the dried ones give a better taste than the frozen ones. Hope you give it a try sometime.

Hi vijika, Bhags and Dhivya,
Thankyou all for your comments. Really appreciate it.


Rama said...

Nice curry..Iam searching curries for chapathi.....

easycrafts said...

Thanks for this wonderful idea.I tried it out with some changes to suit my needs and in the microwave. Just posted it on my microwave cooking blog. Keep sharing such nice recipes