Green Peas Masala

Green Peas Masala

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I’ve always associated this dish with restaurants. I dont have a single memory of having green peas curry/masala from home. I’m not sure why we never made it at home. But that doesnt stop me from having good memories of this dish. As a family (i’m referring to my family back home) we like to eat out. It was and still is an unwritten rule that if we go out, we need to eat/drink something or if that didnt happen we make sure to take some parcel at least.

It was the same during my recent trip also. When I got out of doctor’s room, after my wisdom tooth extraction, I saw a small  greasy brown cover in appa’s hand. For a moment, I was wondering, what he could buy from a hospital? Because if it’s medicine, there shouldn’t be any grease on the cover. Since I’m an easy prey to curiosity, even before talking to my parents, I got hold of the cover and opened it. It had some ethakkappam and parippu vada :)

Btw, another thing that surprised me was that hospitals have a small kiosk these days. In a hospital food counter you naturally expect to have some healthy stuff right? But if you have a look at the the things they sell, you will get an answer why everybody is talking about alarming rate of life style diseases among Malayalees. Kiosks have hardly anything healthy. They mostly have ethakkappam, parippu vada (lentil fritters), uzhunnu vada (medu vada), vegetable cutlet, puffs etc! I’m not surprised, there is a good crowd in front of the kiosks all the time! I know.. I’ve no right to preach or judge but just sharing my observation ;)

Anyways, let’s come back to our green peas masala. Back home on Sundays, after the morning mass… you guessed it. The parcel was appam/idiyappam with peas curry/masala. It was something I used to look forward to, may be because, it was different from what we normally had. Also I like curries with thick gravy. Peas masala always had a thick gravy, so I used to soak the renda (frill) of the palappam with this masala. I like the crispy golden colured renda to be fully soaked with the gravy (ahhhh… I’m literally drooling now). I like it best when appam is soaked in the fish molly’s gravy!

I’ve tried to recreate the peas masala from my memory. It had a similar colour and texture and I guess taste is also somewhat similar. All in all, it pretty much looked and tasted like what I had in my memory. Hope you too will like it. Though it tastes best with appam or idiyappam, I like it with almost anything, be it chapathi, dosa, rice, pulao etc;

Here goes the pics and the recipe…

Soak the dried green peas overnight…

Pressure cook the soaked green peas till its done. Separate the cooked peas and the stock…

Heat oil in a deep pan and add chopped onions. Cook till it turns golden brown. Add chopped ginger and garlic and green chilli. Cook for a few more minutes…

Add masala powders and cook till the oil starts appearing…

Add a tbsp or two of stock to bring the masalas together and mix well. Remove it from fire and let it cool slightly…

Grind the masala to a smooth paste, by adding a little stock…

In the same pan, fry the ground masala for a min or two, add curry leaves, salt and chopped tomato…

Add the remaining stock to the masala and let it boil…

Add the cooked peas and mix well…

Add medium thick coconut milk and let it boil. Cover and cook for a few more minutes…

Adjust the consistency to suit your taste and garnish with chopped coriander leaves…

Kerala Restaurant Style Green Peas Masala
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Recipe type: Side dish, Gravy
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Serves: 4-5
 
Ingredients
  • Dried green peas – 1 cup
  • Onion – 2 big, chopped
  • Ginger & garlic – 2 tsp each, chopped
  • Green chilli – 2-3, slit lengthwise
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Fennel powder(perumjeerakam) – ½ – 1 tsp
  • Tomato – 1 small or half of 1 med tomato, chopped
  • Med thick coconut milk – 1½ – 2 cups
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp, chopped
  • Oil
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Wash the dried green peas and soak them in water overnight. Drain the water and pressure cook them with 2 cups of water and salt. I cooked it for 6-7 whistles on high flame and keep it closed for 20 mins. Separate the cooked green peas and stock.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan. Add the chopped onions and cook till it turns golden brown. Add chopped ginger and garlic and green chilli. Let it cook for 2-3 mins. Add all the masala powders. Stir well and cook till the oil starts appearing, 3-4 mins. Add a tbsp or two of stock, just to bring the masala together. Switch off the gas and let the masala cool slightly. Grind the masala to a smooth paste, add more stock, if required, for grinding.
  3. In the same pan (add more oil if required), cook the ground masala for a minute or two. Add curry leaves, salt and chopped tomato. Mix well. Add the remaining stock. Let it boil, add cooked green peas. Mix well. Add medium thick coconut milk, let it boil. Cover and cook for 5-7mins. Add chopped coriander leaves and remove from fire.
Notes
The gravy tends to thicken while it rests, so adjust the consistency to suit your taste. If you want to reduce the qty of coconut milk, pressure cook the peas with more water, so you will have more stock to make the gravy. I’ve also tried this recipe, without grinding the masala. Though the taste was good, I was more happy with the consistency, when using a ground masala. Since salt is already added to peas while cooking, be careful while adding it to the gravy.

 

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  • http://thecuisine.blogspot.com/ Hari Chandana

    Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

  • Rafeeda

    for trial today… i had soaked green peas in the morning, for dinner. i normally just cook the peas with all masalas and onion-tomato-gg-chilli and then at the end, beat half a cup of yogurt nicely and gently mix into it. it gives a nice tangy taste! :) this is my dad’s elder brother’s wife’s tip. 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rafeeda,

      Hope your trial was successful. Adding yogurt is new to me, thanks for the tip :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shiney Jimmy

    Thanks for this Veg recipe  Maria,

    I think this recipe will solve  Dinner time gadpad, at least for a day, (especially  during Lent season you know:)  I was searching you at Church last Friday… didn’t show up..?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Chechy,

      It was really nice meeting you other day :) Btw, did you get a chance to try this recipe?

      Cheers
      Maria

  • susmitha

    I made ethakkappaam last day. It came out perfect. before whenever i made. It was soaked in oil.. now i made perfect ethakkappam.. thanks to your tip…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Susmitha,

      Thanks dear! Great to know that it came out well.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hiba

    Wooow.. I was planning to make green peas for tonight and I was looking for a good recipe….thank u sooooooooo much..I’m gonna make it right away.

  • ReshmaNair

    hi maria
    tried the peas curry ,great..I used 2 cups frozen peas as i didnt have dry ones.Rest all same.Simply superb.Wht u write bfore u post the recipe is sooo gud to read tht i went to kerala for few minutes in my dreams…Thks fo recipe and ur writing.Keep going dear…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Reshma,

      How are you dear? Thank you so much for the comment. Nice to know that the post took you to Kerala :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sujitha

    Hi Maria
    Made this yesterday yesterday for dinner…came out very well…everyone at home loved it…thanks!!

    Regs
    Sujitha

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Sujitha dear,

      how are you? how’s everybody at home?

      Nice to know that this recipe was liked by all :) Thanks dear! Please do convey my regards to all at home..

      Take care,
      Maria

  • Lekha.C.S

    I have tried some of your recipes maria . This one too looks good.Your site has been refferred to me by my sisterinlaw  Rupa who is in london. Come with more  pudding recipes

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Lekha,

      Thanks for trying recipes from here. I’ve posted some pudding recipes before, please check out the puddings category. Anyways, I’ll try to add new ones also :)

      Thanks to Rupa also for recommending my site :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Preethi

    Hey Maria,
    Tried out this recipe, and came out awesome!!!
    thanks for a simple and tasty recipe…
    Regards
    Preethi

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks dear! Nice to know it worked well for you :)

      Take care,
      Maria

  • Daleguest

    how long is 6 or 7 whistles? My pressure cooker does not whistle, it has a rocker weight on it

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Daleguest,

      Since I always track the number of whistles, I havent noticed the time. My guess is 10-15 mins on high flame. Hope it works..

  • honnet

     Yummy!!!!

     hyderabadonnet.com

  • Anu George24

    Hai Maria,Tried out this recipe, and came out awesome!!!thanks for the tasty recipe…RegardsAnu

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear! I’m really happy that this recipe worked well for you :) Thanks a lot for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Seji2suni

    I tried the green peaS masala but I didn’t get the meaning of stock. Can give a details pls.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Seji,

      Stock is nothing but the water in which you cook the green peas.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nirmala-Theresa-James/597942836 Nirmala Theresa James

    Dear Maria, can i make this dish with the frozen green peas which we get here? if yes, then how to proceed? directly put the frozen peas in to the gravy? plz help..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Nirmala,

      First of all apologies for the delayed reply :( I was away on a trip.

      Yes, you can use frozen peas as well. One of the reader’s have tried it and she commented that it was good. Cook the peas as per the packet instructions and continue with recipe.

      Hope you get to try it soon.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nirmala-Theresa-James/597942836 Nirmala Theresa James

    Dear Maria, can i prepare this dish with frozen peas which we get in packets?? 

  • Shimnajoseph

    hi Maria ,
    this came out really nice …thank u so much

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Shimna! Glad that it came out well for you. Thanks for the comment :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • mash

    hi … can we add cauliflower. also in place of coconut Milk, is it ok to add grind coconut paste…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      yes, you can add cauliflower, if you like. I havent tried with coconut paste, but I guess, its ok…

  • Ramya Prabhath

    Hi Maria,,,,,!!! Iam new to ur blog :) Yesterday I prepared this green peas masala….it came out so yummy :) Usually when i ask my husband hws d fud 2day?? his usual reply wud be ” aan kuzhapamilla ” but wen i served him dis curry,,,,his reaction after having it was ” ahaan,,,,ithu super aayittundallo ” I was so happy,,,!! All thanx to u Maria :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ramya,

      Thanks a lot dear! It’s a pleasure to know that this recipe worked well for you. Btw, the cook can also take credit for the dish ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Heera

    Hai Mariya…. i tried this recipe…and it is toooooo yumm. plz provide some more vegetable curries for chappathi…. waiting for ur delicious recipes………….thanks a lot….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Heera,

      Thanks dear! I’ve posted some veg recipes earlier. Please check out the veg section from the recipe index. Hope you find something interesting.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Linnet Tony

    Simply delicious…. I served it with Idiyappam. Will be making it again and again. Thanx Maria, for sharing this wonderful recipe… God Bless.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Linnet :) Yeah this curry pairs well with idiyappam..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Poornima

    Oh! man…this came out so well that i got compliments from everyone…my husband,my finicky daughter,MIL and my maid :))….THANK U!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :) So happy that this recipe worked well for you. Thanks a bunch for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • anu

    I made this today without coconut milk.I added coconut while grinding onion mix.It was delicious with idiyappam.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Anu for the feedback :)

  • nisha

    Yummy !!!!! I tried it today and it turned out quite tasty.I added cashewnut paste also to enhance the taste

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Nisha :) I’m happy that you liked the recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Nisha :) I’m happy that you liked the recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • jisha martin jose

    hi chechi… i tried this recipe and is comes out very well.. ver tasty.. thanx alot thank u very much

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Jisha :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Jisha :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Jisha :)

  • jisha martin jose

    hi chechi… i tried this recipe and is comes out very well.. ver tasty.. thanx alot thank u very much

  • Tiji

    Hi chechi…tried this out yesterday…turned out reaal gud..!! :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Tiji for leaving a comment here :)

  • Basavaraj

    Hi mam I am Raj we have done butter chicken by referring ur guide that has turned out fantastic ….. Being bachelor we learned to cook recipes
    Thanks a lot

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you! Great to know that you find the site useful.

      Happy cooking :)

  • rohini john

    Hi Maria, I got some sprouted green peas from the grocery the other day. How long do you think this will take to cook in the pressure cooker?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rohini,

      I havent cooked it yet.. but I checked with one of my friends.

      She said it cooks really fast and there is no need for pressure cooking as such. If you are pressure cooking 1 whistle is enough.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    You are welcome Eliza :)

  • Nisha Sreekumar

    Hi Maria,
    I would like to try this recipe. But I don’t have dried green peas. I have frozen green peas ( fresh). Can I use it and follow the same recipe?? Will it turn out the same way?

    Thanks,
    Nisha

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Nisha,

      Some of the readers have tried this recipe with frozen green peas and they said it worked out well. So, I think it’s ok to use frozen green peas.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sadhaarna Manushyan

    what you mean by stock

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Stock is the water in which you cook the peas