Winters in India means abundance of green peas everywhere and I end up thinking of various ways in which I can consume them. All around the year I use the frozen type but when you get your hands on the fresh green peas, you have to give them some justice. This is how I used green peas recently in my breakfast. Maharashtra has the classic Misal pav which is made using moth beans but many parts of the state uses other pulses like Bengal Gram, Chana, Butter Beans, Black Eyed Peas, etc. in their Misal.
I thought of using fresh green peas in my usal calling it Matarchi Usal (done in a Konkani Style) with Wheat Pav and Chai. Matarchi Usal means spicy, coconuty gravy made from Green Peas. In Konkan (coastal part of Maharashtra) Usal is made quite spicy and with loads of coconut.
Ingredients to make Matarachi Usal for 2 people:
- 2 cups of Fresh Green Peas (if not available then frozen works fine too)
- 1 cup of chopped onion (divided into 2 halves)
- Fresh garlic and ginger paste – 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon of Kanda Lasun Masala (Onion and garlic powder made typically in Maharashtra)
- 1 teaspoon of Goda Masala (Maharashtrian Garam Masala made at home)
- 1 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder, Red chilli powder and coriander powder each
- Grated Coconut – half cup
- Fresh Coriander Leaves – half cup
- Curry Leaves – handful
- 2 tablespoon oil
- Salt as per taste
- In little oil, temper mustard seeds, add chopped onions, garlic and ginger paste and curry leaves on low flame.
- Once they cooked through added the mix of masala – Kanda Lasun (onion-garlic masala – typical Maharashtrian masala), Goda masala (home made Garam Masala), turmeric, chilli, coriander powder.
- After sautéing on low flame added the par boiled green peas.
- This was cooked with some water on medium flame for 15 mins till everything came together and served with grated coconut, coriander leaves and the remaining chopped onion.
I served this with Wheat Pav/Bread and Chai for my breakfast. If you blanch the green peas a night earlier in warm water, the process can be speeded up for a quick morning breakfast.