Thursday, September 18, 2014

Green Pea Mellun- Spicy Coconut and Pea Curry

  This is great recipe that my mother handed down to me.  I love it because not only is it tasty, but it is very easy to make and can be done fast when you are trying to get dinner on the table.  I don't use a lot of canned veggies, but for this recipe, I highly recommend the canned variety since it gives you a very soft texture to the dish.  Frozen just don't work in my opinion.  Like I said, my it's my mother's recipe and this is how she always did it and that's good enough for me.

2 cans of Sweet Peas (see note below)
4 Tbs dessicated unsweetened coconut (available at Indian Grocers)
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp of red chili powder (or to taste)
1 onion diced or sliced
1 inch stick of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of mustard seed
1/2 tsp of cumin seed
salt (to taste)

Note:  You really have to use can peas for this recipe because it gives you the texture you want for the dish.  Frozen peas are not suitable if you want the right texture, but can be used if necessary.

In a large skillet, heat 1Tbs of canola oil on medium-high heat.  Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and cinnamon stick.  Fry until fragrant and the seeds begin to splutter (but do not burn). Add the onions and cook until slightly softened (add a little bit of salt here to season the onions.

Then add the dessicated coconut, turmeric, chili powder and salt.  Fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the two cans of peas and mix well.  Fry for another 1-2 minutes.  Taste for salt and seasoning here.  Serve with rice and curry meal.  Enjoy.
 and other curries.  Enjoy.

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