Indian spiced peas(chuki matar)& masala chai

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
25 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
2 cups fresh/frozen peas

1/2 cup sliced onions

3 tablespoons fresh ginger julians

2 green chillies. thinly cut

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

2 teaspoons red chilli powder

1 teaspoon garam masala

3 tablespoons olive oil

Salt to taste

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Masala Chai :

1 tea bag per cup (or 1 teaspoon of black tea eaves/cup)

1 teaspoon grated ginger

1-2 fresh tulsi leaves

1 cup of water

½ cup of warm milk

¼ teaspoon chai masala powder

sugar to taste

Masala/Spice Mix  [Makes 1 cup masala]:

1/4 cup cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces

2 tablespoons cloves

1/4 cups whole black peppercorns

1/4 cups green cardamom

2 black cardamom [badi elaichi]

1/4 cup mace, broken into small pieces

1/2 nutmeg, grated


  • In a pan, heat up the oil on medium heat. Once heated, temper the oil with cumin seeds and wait for them to crackle.
  • Add the sliced onions to the pan and let the onions saute till transculent.Dont brown them.
  • Next, add the chopped green chilies and ginger julians and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the peas, red chilli powder, cover the lid and let the peas steam till they are cooked but not mushy.
  • Once tender, open the lid,add salt and garam masala and stir fry on high heat for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and add the fresh lime juice and serve warm with masala chai .
  • Masala Chai :
    Fine grind all the ingredients under the head “Masala/Spice Mix”.Store this spice mix in an air tight container in a dry place.This lasts for 2-3 years. To make the masala chai:In a saucepan, add the water along with ginger and tulsi leaves[if using] and let come to a boil.After 2-3 minutes, add tea bag or tea leaves. Let brew for 2-3 minutes.Next, add “masala” and milk and let it again come to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.Strain and serve with sugar (or sweetener).


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