Friday, February 01, 2008

Hariyali Matar

What a lyrical name for this simple and yet tasty dish. It lay buried in my recipe book -- perhaps overlooked because this was not one of R's, written in her beautiful handwriting but in my horrible scrawl. This was given to me by Hema who studied french with me in Alliance Francaise Kolkata. She took cookery classes on weekends and very kindly gave me a few.


You will need:

Coriander leaves: 1 cup
Garlic 8 cloves
Green Chillie: 6 (I used half a chilli only)
Onion: 1 medium
Little water

Grind the above to a paste

Tomatoes: 2 cups finely chopped
Peas: 2 cups boiled (I used frozen peas and had only to thaw them)
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Water: 1 cup
Oil: 6 tbsp
Garam masala powder: 1/4 tsp
Salt, sugar


How to:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the ground coriander paste.
  2. Stir fly lightly till oil separates.
  3. Add tomatoes and stir fry till they become soft.
  4. Add peas, turmeric, salt, a pinch of sugar and water.
  5. Mix well, simmer till gravy is thick.
  6. Sprinke the garam masala and remove.
  7. Serve with rice or rotis.

Thanks Hema, wherever you happen to be. I tried your recipe 6 years after you had shared it with me...and it was wonderful and worth the wait.

8 comments:

Padmaja said...

Lovely recipe and oh yes hema truely gave u an amazing recipe!!

bhags said...

So you too have joined the party....:P

nice post and pic

Sukanya M said...

Thanks Padmaja and bhags...now i hv to look up Hema (find her) and tell her...:-)

sankarshan said...

Ok - so when do you plan to make a book out of all this ? http://www.lulu.com/ awaits your publication :)

Sukanya M said...

Well Sankarshan...who would actually buy it to read? Atleast by blogging...in blogosphere...i do manage to get a few readers and be happy with that :-)

sankarshan said...

I guess lots would actually buy to read. However, if it is lack of buyers you dread, you can actually publish books for free off that site. Now, the question would be as to whether you want to be a blogger or an author ? :D

Sukanya M said...

Nice of u to think so. How abt if I want to be both?

sankarshan said...

That would be "the" ideal choice.