Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Green Peas Masala......................laden with fresh or frozen peas............low in calories, but high in everything else......contains lot of protein, fiber and micronutrients, prevents stomach cancer, has anti oxidants, has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and hence prevents heart-diseases, alzheimer's, arthritis, bronchitis, osteoporosis, regulates blood sugar, rules out constipation, lowers bad cholesterol.......and as far as I yet to come across people who do not like peas!!!
This recipe is also my daughter's, she had llearnt it from a friend of her's, instructed me how to do it, and I did it perfectly. And served it with poories, which are a favorite of my grand children!
More than anything, this is a Healthy dish butter, no fresh cream!

Fresh or frozen peas - 8 cups
Onions - 3, chopped
Tomatoes - 6, chopped
Garlic - 5 pods
Ginger - a small piece
Green chillies - 2, slit
Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) - 3 tsps, well crushed
Chilli powder - 2 tsps
Coriander powder - 2 tsps
Jeera powder - 2 tsps
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Dry roast in microwave and powder
Methi/fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 2 tsps

To Season
Cooking oil - 8 tsps (4 tsps to use intially, and 4 tsps later)
Cloves - 4
Cardamom - 4
Cinnamon sticks - 3-4, small
Bay leaf - 1, broken into bits

Recipe cuisine: North Indian; Category:  Lunch / dinner
Prep time: 10 mts; Cooking time; 15 mts

Serves 6-8
In a pressure pan or cooker, heat up 4 tsps oil and add onions, green chillies, garlic and ginger and saute well.

Add the chopped tomatoes, and saute until they become mushy

Allow to cool down, blend to a puree and keep aside.

In the same pressure cooker or pan, add the rest of the oil, and season all the spices mentioned above

Add the tomato puree, and chilli , jeera, dhania powders and the crushed kasoori methi to it and mix well

Now add the peas, salt and sugar

Add some water, cover with lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles

Picture below shows the cooked peas masala

Add the methi-jeera-coriander powder

Mix well and serve hot, garnished with coriander / cilantro leaves

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* There is another way to cook this also. You can cook peas in a microwave steamer, simmer the gravy and then add it.
* Is a very good side dish for rotis and rice.


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