Hirvya Vatanyachi Amti (Maharashtrian Green Peas Curry Recipe)

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Serving for – 3-4

Ingredients

  • Dried green peas (hirva vatana) – 1 and 1/4 cups
  • Tomato (Big sized) – 1 (pureed)
  • Red chili powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Dry mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Goda Masala – 3/4 tsp (You can substitute it with Garam Masala)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 3/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 8-10
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • Oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

To make Paste

  • Onion (medium sized) – 2
  • Dry grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Sesame seeds – 2 tsp
  • Cloves of garlic (Big) – 4-5
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Some cilantro

Procedure

1. Soak dried green peas overnight in a enough water.

2. Dry roast coconut and sesame seeds on low heat till they get slight brown color. Take it aside and heat 1 tbsp of oil in a same pan.

3. Add sliced onions and saute till they get golden brown color. Then add ginger and garlic and saute till raw smell goes away. Let this mixture cool down.

4. Add all above roasted ingredients along with some cilantro into a blender and make a smooth puree by adding 1/2 cup of water. Keep it aside.

5. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, pinch of asafoetida and curry leaves. Let them splutter.

6. Add tomato puree and let it cook till some moisture evaporates. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dry mango powder, goda masala (or garam masala), turmeric powder and salt to taste. Cook till oil starts to separate from spices.

7. Add soaked green peas and ground onion-coconut paste (green paste). Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.

8. Add 4 cups of water and put the lid on. Cook the curry till 6-7 whistles (Cook as per your own judgement. Mine took 7 whistles.)

9. Once the pressure goes away, take the lid off and serve curry hot with roti or plain rice.
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