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Green Peas Masala | How To Make Kerala Style Green Peas Masala

Monday, June 22, 2015
I had this dish whenever I visited Kerala and it was almost always accompanied with Parotta. Especially at the local toddy shopsnwhich made them fiery red and spicy beyond tolerance levels of a normal human being. We don't get dried green peas much I believe in Mumbai and thus hardly have any memories of my mom cooking this. I tried them a couple of times with fresh peas and liked it. Most of the time, we now cook these with either frozen or fresh peas. I believe almost everyone has their own style of making green peas masala and this is my way and is loved by everyone alike.

Green peas also will almost always be in stock in my freezer. Just pressure cook it, add some spices and you are done with a side dish to go with rotis or rice. I prefer this with  appams more though. Traditionally it is made with dried green peas by soaking overnight and pressure cooking it. I have used frozen peas here.

Start by washing and cleaning 1.5 cups of green peas (frozen, fresh or dried peas soaked overnight).

Add 1.5 tbsp of coconut oil. When it heats up,  add 1 tsp mustard seeds to crackle, 1 tsp cumin seeds and 1 sprig of curry leaves. Add 1 large or 2 medium sized onions finely chopped. Add 1 tbsp fresh ginger garlic chilli paste and 1 tsp of salt. Cook on medium flame for about 7- 10 minutes till the onions turn translucent and raw smell of ginger and garlic subsides.

Add 1.5 tsp turmeric powder, 1.5 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder(green chilli paste is already added so check for the hotness accordingly) and 1 tbsp garam masala powder. Cook on a low flame for 5 minutes so as to not burn the masala powders.  

Add 2 chopped tomatoes,  close the lid and cook on a low flame. Stir in between. Tomatoes should be  fully cooked and should turn mushy.

At this stage add the green peas, 1/2 tsp fennel powder(perumjirakam) and water accordingly. Let it boil till peas are tender. This should take around 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro or onion rings. Serve hot!!

Easy Peasy Green Peas Masala is ready.

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