Batani Usli Spiced green peas

Summer in right around the corner here in the East Coast.. Summer brings fresh local produce aka vegetables and fruits. It is like a huge celebration to see so many fresh vegetables. Now that fresh green peas has already started hitting the markets, it is definitely time to dish up some Usli- a winter favorite back home.

We will need,

Green Peas  3 cups
Onion  1 large
Garlic   3 cloves
Ginger  1/2"
Green Chilies   7-10 (depends on how spicy one likes )
Expeller pressed groundnut oil  4 tbsp
Cumin seeds    1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds  1/4 tsp
Curry leaves a handful
Fresh Coconut  1 cup (yes that is awfully lot! but it is required)
Salt and Lime juice to taste

  • Clean and wash the green peas and set it aside. 
  • Combine onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies in a food processor and whiz it till chunky , think of Salasa like consistency.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottom pan. Once it is hot throw in the mustard seeds, curry leaves followed by the onion garlic mixture. Cook till the mixture is almost golden. Keep stirring it often else it is stick to the bottom.
  • Throw in the Green Peas, add a little water, cover and cook till the peas are almost cooked. 
  • Toast the fenugreek seeds and Cumin on a hot skillet and crush it into a coarse powder. 
  • Stir in the fenugreek powder, coconut and salt into the peas. Simmer till everything is combined. Say about 10-15 minutes.Adjust lime juice and remove from heat.
  • Serve it with Akki rotti.
This recipe goes to the MLLA 36 hosted by aqua started by beloved Susan  


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    Priya Suresh said...

    Feel like finishing that wonderful bowl,delicious.

    Kannada Cuisine said...

    Thanks for the suggestion Raksha...was thinking on that for a while now :)

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    Sushma said...

    that looks very yummy

    Unknown said...

    this looks yummy - would love a bowl of that sundal curry :)