Green Peas in a Tomato Coconut Gravy

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green pea tomato coconut curry

Easy curries featuring green peas are among some of my favorite sides to serve along with other Indian dishes. Simple enough to make to go along with a busy weeknight meal, yet elegant enough to be part of any meal asking for some spice, no matter how fancy or humble, this flavorful side with a creamy tomato and coconut gravy is especially good scooped over some steamy white basmati rice. The main offering was chickpeas, mango and spinach in a tomato coconut gravy. Though the gravies had some of the same essential flavors and seasoning, each dish was quite unique and well-suited to the blank rice canvas that accompanied the meal. If you have the time, consider serving up some savory Indian flat breads too.

Take care not to overcook the peas so they retain flavor and result in that "pop in your mouth" sensation that I find so enjoyable.

green pea curry

Green Peas in a Tomato Coconut GravyGreen Peas in a Tomato Coconut Gravy
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on April 28, 2014

Simple and delicious green pea curry simmered in a fragrant spiced coconut milk and tomato sauce

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes

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  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen green peas
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil or other oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 2/3 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 water, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and sauté until it begins to brown — about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the ginger and stir for another minute. Now toss in the spices and continue to stir for another minute until fragrant.

  • Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes until they begin to thicken. Pour in the coconut milk, bring to a gentle boil, and stir in the peas, salt and water as needed. Simmer over medium-low heat until the peas are cooked and the gravy is thickened. Add more water as needed as the peas are cooking.

Makes 4 to 6 side servings

Indian-style green peas in a tomato coconut gravy

Other vegetarian recipes featuring green peas:
Green Peas Curry (Mattar Masala)
Corn and Green Pea Tomato Curry
Creamy Herbed and Green Pea Salad


Unknown said...

Lovely, fresh and harmonious set of ingredients. You use coconut in so many lovely ways x

Joanne said...

Peas are one of my favorite veggies to serve because both the.boy and I can agree to love them. Must stash this away for a future side dish!