Sunday, March 27, 2011

Quick and easy (dried) Green Peas curry

A cousin of DH's is running for election through an organization which is engaged in routing corruption in India. We all fervently hope for the success of these candidates and applaud what they are attempting to do. Looking at what they confront in the form of the current ruling party and the main opposition party the task of winning in my absolutely corrupt home state seems like an uphill task.

While surfing the depths of the WWW I hit upon a news channel from my home state. The news caster read that the CM has announced laptops for college students and free bus passes for senior citizens. Not to be left out the opposition party leader announces freebies for women voters in the form of mixies(blender) and grinders. If the news reader did not have a serious face I would have assumed it was a joke. In spite of the treasury being wiped out and on the other hand the personal net worth of these so called civil servants reaching astronomical heights people are reluctant to choose the right candidates in elections.

Let us all wish the candidates who are hoping to make a difference best of luck and success in their pursuit of good.

Now on to the recipe, a simple and easy one and if you make extra it freezes beautifully for the latter part of the week. There is nothing fancy or special about this curry just requires some premade masala powder.

Dried Green Peas Curry
1. 2 Cups of dried green peas soaked overnight
2. 1/2 cups of finely onions (1 red onion)
3. 4 garlic cloves sliced
4. 1 tbsp of grated ginger
5. 1 tbsp of masala powder
6. 3 green chilies slit (or 2 tsp chili powder)
7. handful of chopped coriander leaves
8. 1 cup of finely chopped tomatoes
9. seasoning: cumin seeds, curry leaves
10. salt to taste
11. 1 tsp of oil

1. In a pressure cooker heat oil and add the seasonings followed by the onions and garlic
2. When the onions get brown add the ginger and saute for a minute
3. Add the soaked green peas,green chilies and saute for a few more minutes
4. Add masala powder and chili powder saute, followed by the chopped tomatoes and 2 1/2 cups of water
5. Add the salt and let the water come to a boil
6. Put the weight on and cook for one whistle (cooking longer will make the peas mushy)

Serve with rice or rotis.


  1. Can have with rotis anytime, delicious peas curry..

  2. Curry looks yum....good luck for that election candidate...

  3. Yum ..I do almost same way too....

  4. I guess mixer-grinders are much easier to deliver than pothole free roads and clean drinking water and fair wages, eh?
    Love the curry, it has been ages since I purchased/cooked with dried green peas.

  5. Indo, I pity the people and I believe they are to be blamed. The politicians are treating them as garbage. Most of them beleive that the leaders are giving the freebies from their own money and do not realise that it theirs that the arrogant leaders are spending.

    The population and illiteracy combined is the cause for all these issues. The educated do not vote in India and when they do, it will make a huge difference.

    My dad makes it a point to vote early in the morning dragging my mom along. He would say that somebody else would cast his vote if he goes late. The election commission should put a stop to all these.

  6. There've been articles in the press on how the mixies will put a big burden on the electricity board! I wondered if the code of conduct wouldn't kick in, but then these are promises yet - I do know people who got the TVs though, last time!
    I'm really, really keen to see what happens this election - guess money power will win, as usual.

  7. Funny how they still say 'K********** TV' when that TV came out of their own tax money.

    I've met Vijay Anand. He looks like he can and will make a difference. Now I think I believe in six degrees of separation.

  8. I like the flavour that dried peas impart (as opposed to the fresh ones).


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