Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Green Peas curry from Sukham Ayu

I have been reading this book - 'On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft' by Stephen King. It is teaching me a thing or two about writing in an engaging manner. The readers of this blog are the lucky ones I hope who will reap the benefits of my reading this book. You all have to tell me if my writing is getting any better :)

It is a great book for Middle School and High School kids who are interested in learning to write better and so is 'Elements of Style' by William Strunk Jr and E.B White.

At the end of the day what other reading material can be engaging and the end results delicious that makes everyone happy? No prizes for guessing that one. Sukham Ayu is one of those books that keeps on giving. I am enjoying the pleasure thanks to my dear friend Linda.

Peas Curry
1. 1 cup of dried green peas soaked overnight (substitute with fresh or frozen peas)
2. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3. 1/2 tbsp red chili powder or as per taste
4. 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds + 1 tsp of cumin seeds
5. a small piece of cinnamon (see note)
6. few cloves
7. 1 bay leaf
8. a few mint leaves
9. salt to taste
10. 1 tsp oil or ghee

1. 1/2 cup chopped red onions
2. 3-4 garlic cloves
3. 1 inch piece of ginger
4. 2 tbsp grated fresh coconut (I used frozen coconut)
5. 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts (recipe calls for pumpkin or sunflower seeds)

1. Cook the green peas and set aside
2. Saute the onions, garlic and ginger and blend to a paste with the coconut and walnuts using as little water as possible
3. Roast the coriander, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf very gently and blend to a powder
4. In a pan add the oil/ghee and when hot, add the paste and saute for a few minutes
5. Add the powders and saute for another 2-3 minutes
6. Add the cooked peas, mint leaves, salt and 1 cup of water. Cook partially covered for another 5-6 minutes till the desired consistency is reached

Serve with chapathis or parathas.

1.Use garam masala powder in place of the cinnamon,cloves and bay leaves.


  1. Liked your version of the curry looks very delicious

  2. WOw wat a rich looking curry, love the addition of walnuts in the paste..

  3. U always write beautifully Indo :) and this green peas curry from Sukham Ayu is my fav too!

  4. I love fried peas curries as when i was living at home mom used to make some delicious curries with dried peas for chapathies, puttu etc.... this curry looks so so good.
    Your writing style now itself is good, so don't worry.

  5. Your writing is already engaging, why do we come back you think :) Will this taste as good with frozen/fresh peas ?

  6. Sandeepa,

    Yes. you can use frozen peas.
    Fresh Peas is what the recipe calls for. If you have the Indian frozen peas (they are a bit bigger) or just the regular ones will work too.

  7. You're a thinking, feeling, writer, Indo, and when that is coming through in your blog, your readers are lucky! I must look for the S King book.

  8. Let me see if I can lay hands on the book - sounds interesting.

    Curry looks fabulous.... so creamy and I've always added almonds.. must try this version with walnuts.

  9. Walnuts is an interesting addition - must taste great!

  10. Look at all the yummy things I've been missing -- so glad you are enjoying the book, and rest assured ISG, you don't need a manual to improve your writing -- you've got the gift! :)


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