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Goodness in a pod

MOUSHMI KISHORE
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Peas can be eaten in many ways — simmer them in cream, mash them up
Special Arrangement Peas can be eaten in many ways — simmer them in cream, mash them up

The humble pea is a versatile, nutritious addition to one’s diet

Vegetarians do not have to look far for their protein intake. Peas are a rich source of protein. They are also rich in vitamin K, B6 and dietary fibre. They can be eaten in many ways — simmer them in cream, mash them up, or use them as a filling in sandwiches, parathas or in a pulao. Here are some simple recipes.

Peas Salad

Ingredients:

Shelled, boiled green peas: 1 cup

Diced, boiled potatoes, cooled: 2 cups

Half a cup salad dressing

Mayonnaise: 2 tbsp

For salad dressing

Garlic skinned and minced: half a clove

White vinegar: one-third cup

Mustard powder: two-third tsp

Sugar: one-third tsp

Salt to taste

Red chilli flakes: half tsp

Fresh pepper powder: quarter tsp

Vegetable oil: one-third cup

A glass jar with lid

Method:

First prepare salad dressing. Combine all the ingredients mentioned above in preparing the salad dressing in the jar. Screw on the lid tightly.

Hold the jar over the kitchen sink and shake vigorously for a few minutes. Now put together the salad.

Put peas and potatoes in a separate dish. Pour half of the salad dressing over the potatoes. Chill in the refrigerator. Pour the remaining dressing over the peas and chill.

Just before serving, combine peas and potatoes and garnish with mayonnaise. Serve chilled.

Peas soup

Ingredients:

Shelled green peas: half kg

Water: 4 cups

Milk: half a cup

Salt and pepper to taste

Small pieces of toast, fried crisp

Method:

Boil green peas in 4 cups of water till they turn tender. Mash and pass through a sieve. Add milk, season and boil for 3 minutes longer. Serve garnished with small pieces of crisp toast.

Matar Paneer

Ingredients:

Paneer cut into small cubes: 200 gm

Green peas: 250 gm

Onion, chopped: 1 large

Garlic, minced: 5 cloves

Ginger, minced: half-inch

Coriander powder: 1tsp

Turmeric powder: quarter tsp

Chilli powder: half tsp

Garam masala: half tsp

Fresh curd: half cup

Bay leaves: 2-3

Handful of chopped coriander leaves

Salt to taste

Oil for cooking

Method:

Deep fry paneer over a low flame till the pieces turn golden brown. Use oil separately for this purpose. Now heat oil in a pan and fry onion, garlic, ginger till they turn light brown. Add coriander, turmeric and chilli powder; stir and add peas. Cover till spices begin to separate from oil. Add beaten curd and cook for 8-10 minutes. Add paneer, salt and bay leaves. Add some water; cover the pan and cook over low to medium flame till peas are soft. Add garam masala, coriander leaves and cover for sometime then serve hot.

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