Green peas masala

Happy b’day to me :). I turn 31 today. The idea of birthdays and celebrations has totally changed for me and am totally embracing it. Always been having it mandatory to go out with a big set of friends for my b’day and over the years now am preferring a quite and subdued birthdays. A dinner with super close friends is good and I seem to be totally fine even if that doesn’t happen. Last year was a peaceful and quite night at Tasha’s (my niece)place. It was just us. Felt peaceful and nice. This year I wanted the same but since D was working over the weekend, he said we couldn’t go this weekend. Little did I know that my co-sister & D were planning a big surprise for me. D, Adya and I stepped out for dinner last night and I was super surprised (and extremely happy) to see my closest family friends & my favorite kids at the restaurant we went to. I had such a lovely time with them. I cut my cake surrounded by my favorite kids. It just felt super lovely and nice :). Anywho, I also realized that the best b’day gift I can give myself is by completing a few recipes that I have been prolonging to post for a while now. I am starting with my Green peas masala which turned out super super good. I did it for the first time (we wanted to have bread with green peas masala – good combo this one) and I realized the recipe I did is such a keeper. I did not follow any one recipe specifically. I read quite a few recipes and then went with my flow and trust me, what turned out was pretty good magic :). I was quite pleased with myself. It did take quite sometime to do this recipe though since I read somewhere that the better you let each and every layer cook, the better the taste becomes. So, I let each layer cook slow and steady :). Do do do give this a try and let me know how it turns out.


Green peas masala
For the paste
  • 2 nos onions
  • 2 nos tomatoes
  • 2 nos green chillies
  • 7 nos cashew nuts
  • 4-5 pods garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
For the gravy
  • 1 no bay leaf
  • 4 nos cloves
  • 2 nos cardamom
  • 1 piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 nos onions finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp pav bhaji masala (optional)
  • 3 cups peas (I used frozen)
  • 1.5 tbsp refined oil
For garnishing
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp dried fenugreek leaves/ kasoori methi (optional)
For the paste
  1. In pan, add the oil; Once it's heated, add the chopped green chillies, ginger & garlic and fry for a minute.

  2. Throw in the roughly chopped onions next and fry for a few minutes (till the onions start to brown).

  3. Add the roughly chopped tomatoes at this stage and let it cook well. You can add a bit of salt at this stage.

  4. Stir the mixture every now and then and let the mixture cook well.

  5. Before turning off the heat, add the cashew nuts. 

  6. Puree the mixture in a mixer/ blender once it cools down. Do not add any extra water while pureeing. 

  7. The paste for the green peas masala is ready with this. 

For the gravy
  1. In the same pan, add the oil and once it's heated, add the bay leaf, cloves, cardamom & cinnamon stick. 

  2. To this add the finely chopped onions and stir it around till it browns. 

  3. Add the ground mixture and fry till the oil starts to come out. 

  4. Add all the dry masalas/ powder and salt and cook till the raw smell goes.

  5. Add 2.5 cups water & the peas and let the gravy cook for 10 mins. 

  6. In the end, add finely chopped coriander leaves & dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) and turn off the heat.

  7. Enjoy this with regular bread/ Indian flat breads. 

Stepwise pictures

For the paste

For the gravy

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2 Responses

  1. Nithya Srinivasan says:

    5 stars
    Like peas but mostly add it with something else. Will give it a try on its own. And, happy birthday.

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