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Peas is the new potato

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So last weekend was destined to be peas-filled! Apparently peas are the new potato in our apartment and we LOVE potato. After the Aloo Mattar on Saturday, Swetha called me on her way back from school, complaining about how she needs some sustenance and how she may die of hunger. I decided to cook her something delicioso (My word) so I went to this blog I have started consulting for all my food problems and came across this recipe for Peas Pesto Pasta (as I like to call it. I love alliteration). I made a few changes to the recipe. For example I didn’t have any nuts so I didn’t use that. Technically that means that this isn’t a pesto but pish posh, it doesn’t matter. It still tasted anazeballs!!

Anyway now onto the recipe even though you can see the one on top and it would still come out pretty yum.

 Ingredients:

1 cup peas. This could be either frozen or fresh. I used frozen and just let  them thaw for a bit before using it.

1 garlic clove (minced)

1 cup grated cheese. You can use parmesan but I used whatever we had  which was a mexican blend of cheeses.

Pasta-depends how much you eat so i’ll leave the measurements to you

I didn’t put any pictures of the pasta or the cooking of it because I know  everyone knows how to cook that. It is a staple of college life. In fact I  think that was the first thing that I could actually cook the first time I  decided to delve into dish- making.

 

 

 

Method:

1. Put the cup of peas in a saucepan and fill it with enough water to just barely cover them. Heat this over the stove and add some salt to this water. Swetha loves salt so I put way more than I should but for all you normies, just lightly salt the water. After about 2 minutes, switch off the heat and remove the saucepan from the stove. The point of this step is to soften the peas without making them lose their shape. Drain the peas and set a third of a cup aside for later use,

2. In the meantime, boil the pasta in another pot. To help the pasta get some flavour, you can salt the water here too but only lightly!

 3. Add the remaining 2/3 cup of peas into a food  processor. Add the garlic, about  a 1/2 teaspoon salt and  half a cup of cheese to start off with.  Whirl it together,  modifying the taste by adding more cheese or salt or  chili flakes if you want to have a bit of a kick. Keep  blending until you have a smooth consistency and a  taste you’re infatuated with.

 

 

4. By this point, the pasta should be al dente (just a bit  hard on the inside). Save about a cup of the pasta water after draining it (the peas concoction will be very thick). Do not turn off the heat.

5. Add the drained pasta into the pot along with the peas mixture and a cup of water. Toss it together. The heat will help the sauce mix well with the pasta so we have a beautifully melded dish. Start off by adding a cup but if more is needed to thin the sauce, go for it!

6.  Add the remaining third cup of peas and toss it with the pasta. Add salt and pepper to taste and bibbidi bobbiti boo you have a masterpiece!

7. Switch off the heat, serve up the pasta and soak in all the compliments on your amazing dish

And there you have it! A very simple, VERY delicious peas pasta recipe. The whole peas added a beautiful sweetness to the dish that was simply scrumptious, and the cheese gave it a wonderful texture. And Swetha was very happy with the food too. That is something. Impressing a foodie with food. They take that stuff seriously!

Let me know how your recipe turns out! Maybe you made a variation I could try.

Anyway au revoir! (the french in me is bubbling forth) Sneha out!

Easy Peasy Aloo Mattar

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A little tidbit from my life. When I was younger, my mum had a gorgeous vegetable garden in our backyard. She still has it but I just don’t live at home anymore. Anyway, so along with onions, tomatoes and other veggies, she also used to grow peas. These were THE best peas ever! I used to be obsessed with them. So whenever they were ripe, I would creep into the backyard, open the pods without damaging them, eat all the peas, close them perfectly and sneak away. My parents could never tell I ate them until they tried to get some peas for whatever food they were making. I was such a ninja kid 🙂

I miss eating peas. So on our last shopping trip, I bought a GIANT family size bag of frozen peas. I don’t often buy peas whenever we go grocery shopping because the frozen ones are waay too sweet. They never seem to absorb the taste in whatever Indian dishes we try to make. Considering all this, it may seem strange that I bought peas and that too a family size bag. However, I decided to challenge fate and try once again to reunite with my friends, the peas.

Last weekend, we made Aloo Mattar which basically translates to Potatoes Peas. That’s all you need for this recipe too so the name suits it perfectly! I got the recipe for this dish from here. I made a few minor changes to the recipe and I must say, it turned out delicious!!

Aloo Mattar

Ingredients:

3 medium boiled potatoes cut into bite size cubes

1 cup of peas

1 sliced tomato cut length-wise

2 chopped chilis

Garam Masala

Spice Mix: Ginger powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder

Method:

1. In a bowl, add 1/2 cup water along with the chilis, 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder, 1 tsp of coriander powder, 1/2 tsp of ginger powder and 1 tsp of chili powder.

2. Heat some oil in a pan, adding some mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let it crackle for sometime.

3. Add the spice mix to the pan as well letting it all cook together until the raw smell of the spices leaves the mixture.

4. Add the green peas and about a cup of water to the pan. Let these cook until the peas start becoming tender while still retaining their shape.

5. Add the potatoes to this mixture, adding salt to taste. Mix the potatoes in and let it all cook together. Mashing the potatoes will help thicken the mixture.

6. As the potatoes start to absorb the taste, check to see if the taste of the dish it where you would like it to be. Add a teaspoon of garam masala to the mix.

7. Add a cup of water to the pan and cook on a lower heat. Add the tomatoes to the blend and let it all cook together until the tomatoes become soft and break down a bit.

And now you have Aloo Mattar!

We heated up some Chapati (frozen), ate it with our creation and it tasted AWESOME! I have definitely been won back by this and I foresee many pea dishes in my future 🙂

Hope you all have a great day! And I hope you all try this scrumptious, ridiculously easy dish.