Dried green peas cooked soft & seasoned with spices to create a simple, yet comforting stew/curry – Vegan + Gluten free too!
While chickpeas will forever be my most favorite legume, if I had to pick a close second, these dried green peas would take home the prize. Chaat is the most popular kind of street food in India, but growing up I was not very fond of it. It was way too messy for me to enjoy, and I wasn’t equipped to handle all the basic tastes (sweet, sour,bitter, salty & umami) in a single dish. So I steered clear of it well past my teens. But when forced into my local chaat stall, I always made an exception to the peas masala chaat. Although I’ve now come to appreciate the mingling of the flavors in each chaat dish, the peas masala chaat will always be my favorite.
This Easy Peasy Peas Masala is inspired by my childhood experiences – not only is it good enough to eat as a side to rice/roti, I sometimes make it slightly runny to drink as soup! And leftovers can be re-purposed into a kick-ass fried rice!
Besides, it comes together very quickly with very few ingredients, most of which you probably already have, making it a perfect weeknight meal. Just remember to soak the dried green peas overnight to speed up cooking time. And cooking lentils/legumes is always easier if you have a pressure cooker.
Each spoonful brings back so many memories to me! But even without the side of nostalgia, you can enjoy the warm comfort this curry provides.
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