Green Peas Curry

greenpeasDry Green Peas is a dried lentil , the Indian name is ‘vatana’ . There is also a white version of the dried lentil.This is a very simple, quick and easy recipe to make if you do not forget to soak the dried peas in water overnight or 5 to 6 hours in advance .I directly fry all the ingredients in the pressure cooker ,add water and cook it which saves time and an extra pan to wash:). The other variation can be to pressure cook the peas separately ,use another pan for the seasonings and then mix them both together.This goes well with roti or rice and tastes really awesome! Here’s my version of the recipe :

Green Peas Curry

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A tasty curry made with soaked dried green peas and spices based on Indian cuisine and goes well with rotis indian bread or rice

Green Peas has  to be soaked overnight or for about 4 to 6 hours in advance before it can be cooked.Some varieties of green peas cook very quickly and may be cooked with one whistle of the pressure cooker, others may need 3 or more .


  • 1 medium sized onion cut finely
  • 1 big ripe tomatoes diced
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies cut
  • 1/2 bunch of coriander leaves  finely cut
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red chilly powder
  • 2-3 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/4 inch cinnamon
  • 3 -4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala


  1. Take a pressure cooker and heat 3 to 4 tsp oil .
  2.  Add the cumin seeds,cloves and cinnamon when hot.
  3. Next add onion and ginger garlic paste.
  4. sautée for a few minutes and add the diced tomatoes till oil leaves the sides of the pressure cooker.
  5. Next add all the spiced powders and take care to reduce the flame to avoid burning.
  6. Add salt to taste  and the soaked green peas .Fry for two more minutes.
  7. Add about 1/2 cup of water and close the pressure cooker lid and wait for a whistle.
  8. Once the steam is released, adjust the water to the consistency you like and add garam masala powder.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  10. The dish is now ready to be served.Enjoy!

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    joshi daniel
    March 24, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Looks nice 🙂

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    March 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you Joshi!

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    March 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Looks wonderful! I have never had this dish before. I imagine vatana are very different from regular green peas? I’m sure I can find them in a nearby shop. I will give this a try! 🙂

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      March 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Yes indeed! I believe when the fresh peas mature on the vine and are then laid out to dry for a while we get the dried variety .I found more information here . Yes they can be found easily at any Indian grocery store and also at Walmart in the Asian grocery section sometimes .Please do try and let me know how you like it 🙂

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        March 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm

        Ah, interesting! So they’re the same plant! Thanks very much for the information. I’ve learned something new haha. I will certainly be looking for these. I’m always excited to try out new ingredients! 😀

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    Cook with Smile..
    March 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and follow dear… Nice to know about you and your space 😊..Curry looks delicious 😊

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      March 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much Lathiya! for the kind words appreciate it!

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    August 21, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I remember my mom made this when we kids ran errands! It’s amazing to see how food can strike so many memories! 😀

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      August 22, 2017 at 11:02 am

      That’s so nice to know, I’m glad that brought back good old memories .Thank you!

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        August 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

        Food is so much beyond food! Like I relate chai and coffee to certain moments of life… There’s so much, food connects us with! Devine!

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          August 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm

          Absolutely right!!

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