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November 3, 2008

Vatana Bhaji (Green Peas Curry)



Winter's just around the corner. That means that I can look forward to 6 months of vegetables and greens that I love. Peas are usually the cheapest in January or so. While I do buy fresh peas and shell them for use during the winter months, I always keep stock of frozen peas. They come in handy on days when I wake up late and find no chopped vegetables in the freezer. This dish, one that I can safely call my own, is the best thing to dish out when I wake up at 7 a.m. and know that I have to be out of the house by 7.45 a.m. There's almost no chopping involved and the dish takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.



1 cup Peas


Grind to a Paste:


2 tbsp Coconut, scraped


1 Onion, quartered


4-5 tbsp Coriander Leaves


2 pods Garlic


1 tsp Ginger Paste


3 Green Chillies


Salt to Taste



For the tempering:


1 tsp Oil


1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds


1/4 tsp Asafoetida



Place the peas in a microwave safe bowl. Sprinkle a little water and cover and cook on high for 3 minutes. In the meanwhile, grind all the ingredients together for the paste.



In a pan, heat the oil and add the add the cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and the paste. Fry the paste for 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked peas and about a tablespoon of water. Mix well, cover and cook for another couple of minutes.



We had this for lunch with rotis. It tasted great even though I didn't get a chance to heat the food at lunch. Quick, easy and made with things you always have on hand. Let me know how you like it.


Today is day 3 of the recipe marathon. Do check out the blogs of these lovely ladies:
DK , Siri, Srivalli, Ranji, PJ, Curry Leaf, Medha, Priya, Bhawna, Raaji, Ruchii, Anu, Kamala, Roopa, Divya Kudua, Rekha, Divya M, Lakshmi.

22 comments:

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Easy and tasty peas curry.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely Raaga,I too love peas and yes,winter is full of peas,with their lowest price in Jan.I try to make peas in different ways.

kamala said...

Love to have with Sambhar rice..looks good

ranji said...
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ranji said...

i love vatana upkari especially with coocnut in it...kanji ,vatana and dal is enough for me..i will be in heaven :)..

Aparna said...

I see you are indeed back at blogging. You are committed for a month now, I believe.
I liked the chow chow thuvaiyal and the amla pachadi.

Bhawana said...

good one Raaga. Liked it.

Madhu said...

Love to eat this with rotis, nice recipe Raaga.

Divya Vikram said...

Havent made this.Definitely sounds easy..

Priya said...

Prefect side for rasam rice..i love anything with green peas..delicious..

Kalai said...

Quick and delicious! Looks great! :)

Medhaa said...

Looks delicious and so easy to make

Roopa said...

Nice curry Raaga, I love such dry curries, and I add grated coconut at the end to most of them. Never made with vattano, thanks for sharing.

Vcuisine said...

Raaga, lovely recipes which are simple and prepared in jiffy. The gooseberry pickle is tempting with its color. Chow chow thugayal - could feel the sweetness of it by thinking itself. Good Job. Wishing you good luck. Viji

rekhas kitchen said...

nice one raaga

Vij said...

Simple n quick fix dish! looks lovely

PJ said...

easiest peas recipe!!waiting for fresh peas..

Divya Kudua said...

One of my fave sundal type curries..I think I can have this curry by itself,without anything to pair it with..;-)

Varsha said...

peas r my fav..n tis s really an easy yummy dish..thanx raaga..:)

TheKeyBunch said...

Hmmmm, looks yummy....will surely try this out.

HK said...

Hey what kind of coconut do I use? the dry one or the one with water?

Indian Recipe Video's said...

Wow - that colour is this recipe is sensational! I think what first drew me to this recipe was the colour - now I love it for its taste.