PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!

Remember my last weekends scenario ? I was in no mood to cook an elaborate meal ,didn't have any veggies in stock nor in a mood to dine out.But then i wanted to make something fancy,delicious yet simple and quick. Cooked jeera rice n rolled few rotis. And what about the side dish ? I wanted something that would go well with both. Aah.. Flashed -- " Peas Masala / Matar Masala " !!!! A quickie and yummy curry that can be put together in just 15 mins!!! A scrumptious lunch was all set in no time .... hmm... things can't better than this ??

PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!

I buy green peas in winter in a bulk and freeze it to use throughout the year.They are so handy to cook when you run out of time or vegetables or when guests are just a knock away from the door and you don't have anytime to chop veggies.Those times ,this green peas masala can be done in jiffy with just a few ingredients.The end result would taste just like you would get in restaurants.A perfect kid friendly as well crowd pleaser .Today's post is my dedication to all busy working women,busy moms and busy bachelors who are in the lookout of simple,quick and yummy side dishes....

Remember my last weekends scenario ? I was in no mood to cook an elaborate meal ,didn't have any veggies in stock nor in a mood to dine out.But then i wanted to make something fancy,delicious yet simple and quick. Cooked jeera rice n rolled few rotis. And what about the side dish ? I wanted somethin...

PEAS MASALA

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisinenorth indian

Ingredients

Fresh or Frozen Peas - *** See notes point 1
1 cup
Onion - small chopped finely
1
Cumin seeds /Jeera
1/2 tsp
Bay leaf / tejpatta
1
Turmeric / Haldi
1/2 tsp
Garam Masala / Chole masala ( Use any 1 )
1-2 tsps
Red chilli powder
1/2 -1 tsp
Kasoori methi
1 tbsp
Coriander leaves finely chopped
sprigs
Butter
1 tbsp
Oil
2 tsp
Sugar
1/2 tsp
Salt
to taste
To saute and grind:
Tomatoes - medium sized
2
Onion
1
Ginger - piece
1/4 inch
Garlic - flakes
3-4
Green Chillies
2
To grind (for the cashewpaste) :
Whole Cashews
5
Curd
2 tbsp

Steps

  1. Pressure cook peas for 2 whistles and set aside. You can microwave too.
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  2. Soak cashew in warm water for 5-10 mins. Later grind cashews with curd to a smooth creamy paste, set aside.
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  3. Add a tsp of oil and add the ingredients under 'to saute and grind' and saute till tomatoes turns little mushy. 
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  4. Cool down and grind it a fine paste.
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  5. Heat butter.Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. Let cumin seeds splutter.Add onion and saute till slightly browned.
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  6. Next add the tomato paste and saute well for about 4-5 mins or till raw smell goes and color changes. 
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  7. Then add haldi,garam masala /channa masala,red chilli powder,sugar and salt..Add water as required to bring it to running consistency. Let it boil for 1-2 mins.
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  8. Add the cashew paste and give a quick stir.
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  9. Add cooked peas and cook on low flame for 5mins.Let the peas take in all the flavours .
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  10. Finally add kasoori methi and coriander leaves and switch it off.
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!
  11. Serve hot Peas Masala with Jeera rice / phulka / naan /poori/ any other roti.
    PEAS MASALA / PEAS BUTTER MASALA / MATAR MASALA - RESTAURANT STYLE!!

NOTE:

If you don't have fresh or frozen peas, you can soak dried peas overnight and later use.

If you want you can add cooked diced potato or roasted paneer cubes too.

For extra flavor if you want you can use little dhania and jeera powder.

I normally use MDH / Everest brand garam masala n chole masala.

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Love ~Smitha

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