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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Utterly Buttery Gingery Peas


Tell me tell me you loved the name of this recipe! 

I was ridiculously proud of myself when I thought of it and as I started writing it I felt even better. And then it occured to me it was completely stupid. Not suprising - stupidity is my by name. Anyway, if you keep my stupidity aside, the title actually makes total sense.


 Indian recipes have this notion of being rich and drawn in thick creamy gravies. Not that there is anything wrong with creamy gravies, but we make many many dry recipes.


Infact, almost all Indian vegetables have a recipe for dry curry which we call sukhi sabji, sukhi meaning  dry and sabji is a common term for vegetarian curries . Such dry preparations are often served as a side dish or appetizer with a main dish like dal (Indian lentil soup). Even though such sabji is usually eaten with roti (Indian flat bread), they can easily be served on there own and are perfect for nibbling or snacking.


 I'm not really into frozen foods or freezing in general but  frozen peas are a must in my freezer. I think they are a life saver. I have nothing against fresh peas of course. I'm known to eat fresh raw peas and eat fresh roasted peas as a meal. But one can't deny how utterly (its the word of the day) easy frozen peas make life. With frozen peas this recipe takes under 10 minutes to make and is utterly (told you) delicious.

Utterly Buttery Gingery Peas
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Serves 2

Ingredients
1 cup frozen peas *
1 tbsp ginger, shredded
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp garam masala
1 green chilly (optional)
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

Note

* If using fresh peas, par boil before following the recipe.

Method

In a wok melt 1 tbsp of butter and add the peas. Turn the flame to high and let the peas absorb the butter for about a minute. Remove the peas from the wok before they start popping.


Return the wok to the stove and add the remaining butter. 


Add the shredded ginger and green chilly.

When the ginger is fried, add the red chilly powder and salt.



Add back the peas and garam masala. Mix well.


Switch off the flame and add the lemon juice. Serve with lemon and a tiny winy more butter if you wanted to. Because its utterly buttery......

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25 comments

  1. You can't have enough butter... ever. Especially on sweet peas.

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  2. wasn't it Julai child who said everyhting tastes better with butter....absolutely everything......looking great kulsum!

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  3. Kulsum, I just got for the first time in ages peas here and I love this dish!! So simple but full of flavor!! Great job as always girl!

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  4. Dont call yourself stupid :) This title is most apt for these peas.You must have seen in my post that I pretty much have the same recipe except that I used hell lot of sliced onions.Been eating like that since forever.I just need your masala chai and your peas and I ll be off to BILSS * ..thanks to you.

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  5. Marla {family fresh cooking}February 25, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    I am utterly in love with these buttery peas. Is that a macro lens you are using?? Need to get one of those & make these peas.

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  6. Oh, yes please! I adore peas of any kind, but I'd hate to see them get lost in a thick yogurty curry. This looks perfect for lunch tomorrow!

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  7. Thank you guys for your sweet comments :-) You are fast!

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  8. I'm in love with them too :-) I use a canon G10 at macro mode - It only has an inbuilt lens. I hope you make it!

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  9. OMG! Yum!! I can have a bowl of this as is! And I am loving all your pics, specifically the one of the peas in a spoon. Well done my friend!

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  10. What a lovely little side-dish! And I'm in love with your title. :-)

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  11. Utterly buttery - I love it! I think it's the perfect name for these peas. And I also love that picture of the peas on the spoon - very nice.

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  12. Wow....my mouth is watering seeing your wonderful buttery matars. The dish is looking very inviting and wud love to try ur version soon.

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  14. It sounds utterly butterly delicious ! I make something very similar, except I add paneer/ cottage cheese to that too.
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  15. love the pictures I can almost taste it looks wonderful

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  16. Of course I loved the title, it was fun and made me want to read on! I love fresh peas but will admit to purchasing frozen when necessary.

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  17. haha utterly buttery...try saying that really fast a few times!
    im not crazy about peas even tho it's always in my freezer! i can imagine adding garam marsala makes it very tasty...great idea :)

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  18. I have a huge weakness for anything with ginger, but had never considered pairing them with peas! Yum.

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  19. Yummy! And cute name, too. We're featuring side dishes at the M&T Spotlight this week and I'd love for you to submit this. http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  20. Merryn GalluccioMarch 2, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    What an attractive, appropriate and unique title for this tasty pea dish!

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  21. ooh I like this!!! so colorful and such great flavors. bet you could also do the same with edamame.

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  22. *Love* the title - I'm a total sucker for that kind of stuff (alliteration, rhyming) even if no-one else gets it, I amuse myself ;P

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  23. Great photos! And this dish sounds so delicious :-)

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  24. Wow I thought the first pea(s) pic was a photo of delicious green apples. They look amazing. Did you use a macro? I tried to shoot peas a while back with disastrous results, trying to light a pea in its pod nearly put me off peas for life. But I'm a big fan of Indian flavours and your pea pics have inspired me to try again.

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  25. mmmmmm. just like porn.

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