Monday, July 16, 2012

Green Peas Masala: Side dish for poori/roti/paratha.

Lots of travel happening this summer !!  Had been to New York last weekend; came back tanned & tired! Though the trip was fun, the summer heat drained us to the core. Btw, New York, as rightly said, is a food lovers paradise. We were delighted that there was so many vegetarian options. I tried NY Style Pizza, Pretzels, Gelato & their bagels. After coming back from New York, we went to food coma! I cooked only basic meal with minimum varieties for the next 3-4 days. 

Time to stop my ramblings & get back to the recipe now! The Green Peas Masala is a great side dish for roti, poori or paratha (or for that matter any of the Indian breads).

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins

Frozen green peas: 2 cups
Oil: 1.5 tbsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
Kitchen king masala: 1 tsp
Amchur powder/Mango powder: a big pinch, optional
Salt: According to taste

For spice paste:
Soaked almonds: 6-8 nos
Onion: 1 medium sized
Green chillies: 2-3 nos
Tomato: 2 nos
Coriander leaves: 1/4th cup, roughly chopped
Poppy seeds/Gasagase: 1 tsp
Ginger: 1/2 inch piece
Garlic: 2 pods


Make a smooth paste of all the ingredients mentioned for the spice paste. Add enough water to make a smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Heat the oil in a broad pan. When oil is hot, add cumin seeds. When seeds turn golden brown, pour in the spice paste. Cook on a medium heat until the raw smell of the paste vanishes. (Takes about 7-10 mins). 
Keep stirring in between to avoid burning of the spice paste. 
Add the salt, chilli powder, amchur powder & kitchen king masala to the cooked spice paste & cook again for a couple of minutes.
Meantime, thaw the green peas.  
Add half a cup of water & throw in the green peas.Cook on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
Remove from heat. Serve it hot with any Indian bread. 

** I served the green peas masala with methi poori


  • This recipe tastes best with dried peas. Soak 1 cup of dried peas in water for 4-6 hours. Drain the water. Pressure cook the peas by adding water, salt & turmeric powder. Use this cooked peas instead of frozen peas. One cup dried peas yield 2 cups of cooked peas. The dried peas will not be sweetish like the frozen or the fresh ones!
  • Green peas could be replaced with other beans to make a similar curry. 


  1. Thats a ncie combo..but do u consider this kind of meal as simple?? for me it is elaborate ,I am such lazy gal..;)

  2. Lovely pics mouthwatering recipe.

  3. very flavorful and yummy side dish for roti

  4. A rich curry!! I so loved the masalas paste...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. Thats an irresistible and super delicious peas masala,love it with rotis anytime,havent prepared since a long.

  6. I would say this royal peas gravy as almonds will make this gravy yummy..Well prepared..

  7. yummy the gravy..

  8. yummilicious and awesome curry.

  9. Beautiful..Love the peas masala as well as the bread on the side.hey congrats on your new domain!

  10. I recall the taste of Peas masala at your place. I am craving for it now after I looked at those tempting pictures.

  11. Sushma! I don't know where to post the reply to your knitting question so sorry for posting it here. You can join the site Ravelry (it has free patterns and lots of help if you can't understand the patterns and also you get to see other peoples projects which will give you an idea about the colour. Its free. But don't blame me cos it is HIGHLY addictive :D) This is the pattern but you need to join ravelry. Have fun!!

  12. nice one as usual. my mom who has come from india wanted a few recipes to make for chapathi here. i have given her a bunch of them from your websites. She absolutely loves them since they are pretty simple & gives you really good taste.
    thanks for taking time to put these wonderful tried n tested recipes.



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