Usually, I start to like posts with something that is happening in life, like maybe the weather, or some interesting happening. I don’t know why these days, life is a haze. It becomes morning, then it is the usual rush to work. Once work is done, then I go for my workouts and then reach home just in time to make something for dinner. Days just seem to be moving in super speed, from weeks to months. Before we even know, 2019 will come to an end, in fact it is almost close to. I did give a sigh when I noticed the date today. It hasn’t been a kind year, to say the least but Alhamdulillah for everything. We have survived through it and InShaAllah we will surely go ahead with His grace… 🙂
But something interesting has been happening and that is – finally winters are in! We had a wet day yesterday and it was really cozy that it just made all of us lazy. We are expecting a couple of more wet days before it settles into a quiet winter. I do hate the short mornings and the long nights, because at times I do find it depressing, but then taking out that, I love how good it makes you feel. I am actually looking forward to the coming up few weeks, a lot is going to happen, InShaAllah. I would only advise all of you to stay tuned to my Instagram stories. 😉
What more apt for the weather than a hot cup of chai and some masala pattani! Pattani is what green peas is called in Malayalam. Each time I say, it elicits a giggle from me, I have no idea why. 😀 Just like the kala chana chaat, this is another dish that is usually enjoyed by the girls if they are in a good mood. We love to have these dishes for Iftar as it is filling and non-guilty too. It is just the coziest thing to have when you want something spicy but don’t want to spend a lot of time making it, nor do you want something deep fried! Somehow, at home, my family seems to like snacks like these than deep fried, which makes my life a little bit better.
If you have already cooked green peas in your freezer, then this dish is a breeze. You don’t need to saute the onions and tomato till done, since you need to maintain the crunch and deliciousness it would give to the overall dish. Basic spices are used, which can be adjusted as per your family tastes. I keep the dish mildly spiced, since we are not fans of burning our tongues! Still, I love to add minced chillies into such dishes. The look the girls give when they bite into one is irreplaceable! 😀 Off to this simple recipe…
- 1 cup green peas, soaked overnight and drained
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 2 green chillies, chopped
- 1 sprig curry leaves, minced
- 1 onion, sliced thin
- 1 tomato, chopped
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- Salt to taste
- Pressure cook the drained green peas in lots of water and salt till done. Drain and set aside.
- Heat oil in a saucepan. Splutter mustard seeds and the fennel seeds.
- Add the curry leaves, ginger garlic paste and green chillies and briefly fry.
- Add in the onion with a little salt and saute till just wilted.
- Add the tomato along with the powders and saute till the mixuture is cooked yet crunchy. Sprinkle water if it sticks to the pan.
- Add the drained green peas and toss well. Adjust seasoning, simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Serve hot with a cup of chai...