Dhaba style preparations are always a treat for your palate,… sizzling tandoori, kebabs and smoky masalas..literally makes us addicted to Punjabi food. Here’s an easy preparation for one such dish…Green peas cooked in rich tomato gravy with special blend of Punjabi spices. Certain authentic Punjabi spices are very rare, not easily available in market, so have to come up with an easy solution. My quick pick was Chole masala, which has got a strong blend of all the punjabli spices and suits well for this recipe.
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|1 cup||Green peas|
|1 no||Onion (chopped)|
|5 nos||Whole tomatoes (I used canned, if using fresh pls blanch)|
|2 no||Green chili|
|½ cup||Yogurt / curd (preferably thick)|
|1½ tsp||Chole masala (I used Everest Brand)|
|½ tsp||Kashmiri red chilli powder|
|½ tsp||Salt (or to taste)|
|2 stks||Coriander leaves – for garnishing|
1.Heat butter in a pan, add chopped onion, green chilies, ginger, garlic and fry till the onion turns slightly brown. Let cool and grind this with the canned whole tomatoes to make a thick gravy. Keep this aside. (If using fresh tomatoes, pick ripe ones- blanch and then proceed)
2.Powder the cashews in a mixie and add yogurt to it and blend for couple of times and keep the sauce aside.
3. Now heat 2 tsp of oil, add the onion tomato gravy and cook covered over medium flame for 5 minutes.
4. Add cashew yogurt sauce, chole masala, kashmiri red chilli powder, honey and green peas along with salt. Cover and cook this over low flame for 6 to 7 minutes or until the oil separates.
5. Switch off, garnish with coriander and serve hot with roti or paratha.
This is the simplest version and above mentioned ingredients are a must, do not substitute.
Kashmiri Red Chili powder gives good color and right level of spiciness.
To make it extra special saute everything in butter, temper with cumin seeds and garnish with finely crushed kasuri methi. But this is optional.
This would serve 3 people (approx).
To make a Kati roll, warm up a chapati or roti, spread a scoop of gravy on it, garnish with onion rings, chopped coriander, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice, roll and gobble.