PEAS MASALA


This recipe is from an Aval Vikatan magazine recipe compilation. I am a big fan of this Tamil magazine. Usually a small recipe booklet comes along with the magazine and I have been collecting them whenever I buy this magazine, sometimes I buy it just to get the recipe booklet :) I was attracted to the photo of this recipe when I saw this in a vegetarian recipe booklet. I followed the recipe exactly here. Next time I am planning to add some fat-free half and half to this instead of the nuts used to thicken the gravy. I prepared this peas masala as a side dish with jeera rice and chapathis.


INGREDIENTS:

  1. Fresh or frozen green peas, 1 cup.
  2. Medium-sized onions, 2.
  3. Tomatoes, 3. Canned tomatoes works best too. If canned tomatoes are used, 1-1/2 cup is required.
  4. Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon.
  5. Cashews, around 2-3 pieces.
  6. Red chilies, 3-4.
  7. Coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon.
  8. Cardamom seeds, 2.
  9. Fennel seeds, ½ teaspoon.
  10. Cinnamon, 1 small stick.
  11. Clove, 1.
  12. Salt as per taste.
  13. Cilantro for garnishing.


PREPARATION:

Dice the onions and tomatoes finely and keep aside. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil and add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, fennel seeds, clove, and coriander seeds and let everything fry for a minute. Then add the red chilies and fry for a few seconds. Transfer everything to a plate and let it cool. Add the diced onions to the same pan and sauté for a few minutes until onions turn brown. Then add the tomatoes and ginger-garlic paste and keep sautéing until everything is blended. Switch off the stove and let it cool. Grind the mixture into a smooth paste along the almonds and fried spices. The spices can also be ground separately and added to the blended onion and tomato paste. Transfer all the contents into the pan, add a teaspoon of oil, 1 cup of water, and salt as per taste and let it cook closed for 5-10 minutes under low flame. Add the peas now, mix everything, and cook for 2 more minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with chapathis or rice.

28 comments:

Nandini said...

I'm also a big fanatic of aval vikatan. The peas masala are very yummy and scrumptious! I never add cashews in this masala, must try this version!

PriyaRaj said...

Peas masala looking yummy dear ...MY Mom & myself r big fan of aval vikatan & its free book...i think she has collected more than 500 books.....thanx for remembering dear.....

Fathima said...

looks creamy 'n yum!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Simple, honest-to-goodness gravy that I can have anyday for any meal.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

must be perfect with jeera rice...

Subhashini said...

just cam to now bout ur blog.very healthy and nice recipes

Sushma Mallya said...

peas masala looks so nice and would be just perfect with bread or roti..

Tina said...

My fav curry..Looks delicious...

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Deepa G Joshi said...

hey the peas masala looks so superb..really spicy and yummy.

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Rachana Kothari said...

Yummy subzi...just need some roti's):

BeenaShylesh said...

peas masala looks perfect...

Devasena Hariharan said...

looks like it has come out well

kitchen queen said...

slurrrp! the peas masala looks so yummy I want to grab the whole bowl and have it.

Swapna Sree said...

I like peas in any gravy...peas masala looks so yummy and perfect for naan or roti...

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

i love anything with peas!! this is so tempting!!

Jagruti said...

Peas masala looks so delicious and tempting!!

Vrinda said...

Peas masala sounds simple and yummm...must try

Viki's Kitchen said...

Wow...peas masala with rice or chapati seems a treat to me. I too love those recipe booklets by Vikatan. Masala looks very creamy n delicious dear.

Aparna said...

i like this with appam..:)

Meena said...

Hi there, love peas masala...it is a favorite recipe of mine!

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Priya said...

AM an addict to aval vikatan, peas masala looks really yummy and with cashews i bet this masala tastes fantastic..prefect side dish for rotis..

Nithu Bala said...

I could see from other comments that there are lot of Aval Vikatan Recipe booklet fans like me...I have pile of that booklet with me..peas masala looks wonderful..will try this version soon Dear..

J said...

looks gr8..rich creamy... i loved the colour of the gravy.. cheers

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Nice one... Urs looks tempting too:)

Shri said...

It looks so delicious...

Malar Gandhi said...

My mommy used to collect those recipe booklets, but I will be the one' who is actually trying out those recipe:)Peas masal will be good to go with ur naan:)

harsh said...

Tried this recipe with pumpkin nuggets. The recipe tastes delicious. Image posted at https://hrshdkmt.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/29/