Friday, November 7, 2008

The Versatile Peas



Greeen peas have to be the most versatile vegetable after potatoes. I eat them year round now that you can get them fresh not frozen. But late autumn and early winter is truly their season, when you get them at their freshest. Back at our home, you would notice peas pulao and matar paneer with increasing regularity around now. And by the time December rolls in, mom would be pairing peas with everything under the winter sun : carrots, cauliflower and if all else fails, potatoes to make aloo matar. This is our fail proof lunch : a tangy curry with two of the most favored vegetables that you can eat with either roti or rice.

And what's the best part about making anything with peas? You can eat them raw while you were shelling them, they are that fresh right now! So start by shelling peas and if you have some left to make the vegetable, read on.

Chop a large onion finely. Also chop a tomato into small cubes. Heat 2 tsp ghee in a pan, add onions and saute until lightly browned. Now add the tomato and saute for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the stove and let cool. Grind the sauteed onions and tomatoes to a fine paste to make your masala. Return to the pan with a tsp of ghee, saute for a minute then add 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and roughly the same quantity of salt. Let cook until the raw turmeric smell goes away (a minute or so), then add a few tablespoons of water and stir to mix well. Simmer for a minute, then add 1/2 cup shelled peas and a potato cut into cubes. Add a cup of water, bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through.

10 comments:

Sunshinemom said...

I too love this - quick, tasty and quite royal too:)

Vij said...

Tasty! i loved the colours.

Rachel said...

I love the ever-so versatile peas...

Bhawana said...

I too love this curry. Whenever I cook this I make parathas and we finally end up overeating... too good.

Usha said...

One of my faves...looks delicious:)

Pallavi said...

i made gobhi aloo matar yesterday!! looked evry similar..though what i do is slightly different..it turns out the same i guess.. :)

Sagari said...

simple and yummy ,nice one

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi...
This is a nice post. Ur peas recipe is so good. YUM!

Curry Leaf said...

I too make a similar version-actually so many gravies go with peas.nice with rotis and rices.

Aparna said...

We love our peas too.
When I was little, I was my mom's official peas sheller. The only thing was she would get only half of them to cook with, the rest would have reached my tum, uncooked!