Green Peas Masala

I finally watched “English Vinglish”, after wanting to see it for ages. Ahem, I know I am late, but still… 🙂 When I was in school, I used to be an ardent Sridevi fan. I used to get wild at the Madhuri Dixit fans who used to call Sridevi “ugly”. I mean, they never knew the true meaning of ugly, did they? Now when I think about all that, it feels funny. That was long back…


Love this saree of hers… 🙂

As of now, I can proudly say that I hardly watch movies. In fact, I do not have the patience to sit and watch movies. But ever since I heard Sridevi was making a come-back and the movie was receiving rave reviews, I just wanted to go and watch it in the theatre, which obviously did not happen. Then my B downloaded the movie some time ago (I forgot when!) for me to watch, but then I just kept pushing it as I had no time. This Friday, I had all the time in the world, with only the little one with me, so went ahead and watched it.


What a movie it was! The typical plight of an average educated Indian mother! Hats off to Sridevi who gave such a charged perforrmance to the character, Sashi. I loved that French guy as well – I somehow feel that he is there in everybody’s life. A feel-good factor to look at, when you start feeling that you are being pushed down and being made miserable. It can be somebody, something, some place… 🙂


OK, so much for English Vinglish, today’s recipe is a straightforward vegetarian curry with a little twist – read, bouillon cubes! All of us make it with similar ingredients, but in each other’s style. Today I am sharing with you my style. I used to not add yogurt, but I’ve seen my moothamma (dad’s big bro’s wife) add it into her peas curry and it does give a nice tangy flavor to the whole thing!!! So off we go…



Green Peas Masala

Course Curry
Cuisine Vegeterian
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup green peas soaked overnight
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 3 chillies slit middle
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1-1/2 coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp fennel powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 cube chicken stock/ all seasoning powder optional
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves/ curry leaves for garnishing


  • In a saucepan, heat the oil. Saute the onions and green chilies till translucent.
  • Add the ginger-garlic pastes and tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes get smashed.
  • Now add all the masalas and cook for a couple of minutes till the masalas are cooked.
  • Allow the masala to cool and grind into a fine paste.
  • Put the soaked peas into your pressure cooker and add water till its level.
  • Add the stock cube and cook till done. I put it on one whistle and leave it for 15-20 minutes on low flame. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Once the peas are cooked, add the masala back to the cooked peas and simmer for 15 minutes till the flavors are locked in.
  • Beat the yogurt with a spoon and add into the curry. Mix well and cook till just hot.
  • Switch off and serve hot with rice, chappathi or vellapam!!!


1 If you forget to soak the peas overnight, then soak the peas in very hot water for 2-3 hours, then it will be ready for cooking.
2. You can substitute frozen peas as well, but I prefer normal peas.
3. You can skip the chicken stock cube for a full vegetarian version! I add it so that the family feels the non-vegetarian taste!

Join the Conversation

  1. Nice peas Masala Rafeeda! just like you i too don't watch movies. Thanks for the review, will watch soon

    1. thank u so much for your comments, swasthi… 🙂

  2. Tempting peas masala:)

    1. thank u sireesha… 🙂

  3. Yummy curry dear…very good flim dear i watched two times…

    1. thank u so much saranya…

  4. yummy curry and i lvoe the sari all of hers in that movie.Loved the movie too.

    1. thank u so much princy… 🙂

  5. This looks amazing, picture perfect….Come and participate in my Recap event and 3 giveaways

    1. thank u so much shweta… would try to participate…

  6. yummy looking masala…even I prepare this but yogurt part is new to me..will try making your version…

    1. thank u so much ruxana…

  7. Me too loved the movie… And liked ur style peas curry too.. Will try out sometime 🙂

    1. thank u so much chitra…

  8. Curry looks yum ..its sure a gud movie

    1. thank u so much priti…

  9. Nice movie Dear… I loved it… Green peas masala looking tempting..

    1. thank u so much nabanita… 🙂

  10. very yummy dear, n am still yet to watch english vinglish:)

    1. thank u so much vijaya… u must watch it, lovely movie! 🙂

  11. Love this tasty dish, goes well with roti…

    1. Thank u so much, dear…

    1. thank u so much gayathri…

  12. I am a big movie fan, its release on friday and i watched on saturday on internet though. i love that movie as well this curry too. specially top it of with green chilies.

    1. I hardly watch n this movie was after so long… Thank u 4 ur comments…

  13. awesome recipe…very inviting …love it

    1. thank u so much divya… 🙂

  14. i became a fan for this movie when i watched during my travel from India back home….already i was in a mood of missing everyone…this made me think all my mom's sacrifices…lovely movie….
    Pacha patani gravy lookes perfect….i love them for my chappathi

    1. thank u so much divya for your lovely comments… 🙂

  15. Peas masala is one of my weakness,love to have just like snacks,one of my fav side dish with rotis.

    1. even i do that, eat the peas and drink the curry! hehe…

  16. masala look hot and delicious…

    1. thank u so much usha… it was definitely not that hot, we are kind of a spice resistant family!!! 🙂

  17. The curry sounds so yum Rafeeda 🙂

    1. thank u so much priya… 🙂

  18. looks very rich n tempting… wud try somtime…

    1. thank u so much preetil… 🙂

  19. i was just going through your blog wen my sister was seeing english vinglish in the background for the first time and bam! there is sree staring back at me…COINCIDENCE??……neways…the blog looks super cool rafeedatha…Wish u all the best in ur cooking endeavours…Insh A Allah!

    1. thank u so much darling for coming by and leaving your lovely comments… 🙂

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