Sunday, March 10, 2019



As you know, I was away on vacation to the United States for the last six weeks. During this period, I have tried to share some of our interesting dining experiences of different cuisines at various restaurants. You will appreciate it does take some time to get back into the groove once we are back home.

Since I happened to have frozen peas in stock, I decided to make this side dish which went very well with hot rotis. You could, of course, make this dish with fresh peas as well. The besan is used to add thickness to the gravy and it also adds to the flavour of the dish. This dish does not call for the use of onions or garlic so it may be welcomed by those who prefer Saatvik diets or for those who choose to skip onion and garlic on certain days.

I have adapted this recipe from Matar With Spicy Gravy by Manjula's Kitchen.

As frozen peas are available the year around, I am sure you will enjoy this versatile dish.

  • Frozen Green Peas, 2 cups
  • Medium-sized Tomatoes, finely chopped, 2, 
  • Cumin Seeds, (Jeera), 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida, (Hing), 1/8 tsp
  • Gram Flour, (Besan), 1 tbsp 
  • Coriander Powder, 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger, grated, 1/2 tbsp
  • Green Chillies, finely chopped, 2 to 3
  • Kitchen King Masala, 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, 1 and 1/2 to 2 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander Leaves, finely chopped for garnish


Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and on medium heat add the cumin seeds
When the cumin seeds sizzle, add the asafoetida and saute for a few seconds
Next add the besan and fry till it gives off a good aroma
To this add the grated ginger, green chillies, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chopped tomatoes and salt to taste
The salt added will make the tomatoes leave water
Mix well and cook on medium flame for about 3 to 4 minutes till the tomatoes become soft
Now add the frozen green peas and 1 and 1/2 cups of water and bring it to a boil
Lower the flame and cook covered till the green peas get done ( about 5-6 minutes)
Add the Kitchen King Masala and mix well
Cook for 1-2 minutes more
Lastly, garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves
Transfer to serving bowl and serve hot with rotis or rice

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