Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
This recipe is adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian. It is originally titled "Green Peas with Coconut and Cilantro" but that sounds booooring. I've yet to meet someone who dosen't like the amazing peas.
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 pinch asafetida powder (the hindi word is heng)
- 1 teaspoon whole brown mustard seeds
- 1⁄2 teaspoon whole cumin seed
- 15 fresh curry leaves (from an indian market--substitute with basil as a last resort)
- 2 1⁄2 cups frozen peas
- 1 -2 serrano pepper, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar (omit if the coconut is sweetened)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3⁄4 cup freshly grated coconut (substitute with frozen or soaked dried coconut)
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- heat oil in large frying pan on medium-high heat.
- when hot, put in the aesofetida and then a second later the mustard and cumin seeds.
- when the mustard seeds start popping, toss in the curry leaves.
- stir for a good second or two and put in the peas, chiles, salt, sugar, and all the ground spices.
- stir for a minute until the peas are fully defrosted.
- add 4 tbsp water and bring to a boil.
- cover, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for 5 minutes or until peas are tender.
- uncover and turn the heat back up to medium-high, add the shredded coconut and cilantro and cook off excess liquid.
The flavour of the curry leaves and the rest of the spices really complimented the peas. I ate this with some fried chips and flat bread.
We LOVED this recipe, both for the amazing flavour, as well as the very attractive colour on the plate. Add to that, it was fast and easy to make...a real winner!