Dried green peas masala

Dried green peas masala is one of my favourite. My mom usually make this masala as a sidedish for Tomato sambar and Morkulambu. There are dried yellow peas also. My mom usually makes this masala with the green one. Its very tasty and healthy too.

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Ingredients:

Dried green peas – 100 gms

Onion – 1

Tomato – 1

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Coriander leaves – 3 tbsp (chopped)

Homemade curry powder – 1 tbsp

Coconut paste – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Uradh dhal – 1 tsp

Cloves – 3 nos

Cinamon – 1 inch piece

Salt – to taste

Oil – 2 tbsp

Water – 1 1/2 cups

Method:

  1. Soak the dried green peas overnight for about 8 hrs.
  2. In a cooker, heat the oil and let the mustard seeds splutter. then add the uradh dhal
  3. After it turns golden brown, add the cloves and cinnamon.
  4. Once the flavour of  spices releases, add the curry leaves, onion and coriander leaves.
  5. Fry them for a minute, then add the tomato and the rinsed green peas. MIx everything well.
  6. Now add the homemade curry powder and fry for a minute. Add the coconut paste at this stage.
  7. Mix them well and add water at this stage. water should immerse the green peas ( but not too much water. Then masala becomes watery)
  8. Now close the cooker with the lid, and allow to cook for 7 to 8 whistles in a medium high flame. It takes around 7 to 8 mins.
  9. Green peas masala is now ready to be served with rotis, tomato sambar (with rice) , curd rice or any other mild flavoured dish of your choice.

Note:

  • Homemade curry powder can be replaced with the combination of 1 tsp coriander powder,1 tsp chilli powder,1/2 tsp jeera powder,1/4 tsp black pepper powder (But this recipe with homemade currypowder tastes best)
  • Green peas should be well cooked but not mushy.
  • Cooking time of the dried green peas varies depending on the quality of the peas you use and nature of water used.
  • So if the green peas is not cooked in the time I have mentioned. You can cook for 2 more minutes.
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