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Easy Peas Curry [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Dried green peas are cooked until soft and then seasoned with spices to create a simple, yet comforting curry that is perfect for serving with flatbread. This dish comes together very quickly with very few ingredients, most of which you probably already have, making it a perfect weeknight meal. Just remember to soak the dried green peas overnight to speed up cooking time.

Easy Peas Curry [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



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For the Peas:

  • 1 cup dried green peas (green vatana)
  • 2 cups water to soak, plus cook
  • Salt, to taste

For the Curry:

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon (heaped) red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 cup water, as needed
  • A handful of fresh coriander, chopped

For the Optional Garnish:

  • 1/2 lemon, sliced
  • 1/4 cup onions, chopped


  1. Soak the dried green peas overnight. Pressure cook the soaked peas in the water it soaked in with 1/4 teaspoon salt until soft.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and once warm, add cinnamon stick and bay leaf.
  3. Then add the chopped onion, grated ginger, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Sauté until the onions are soft.
  4. Add the powdered spices (turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala) and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  5. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, cover and cook over medium heat until the tomatoes are soft and can be mashed to a pulp with a spoon.
  6. Add the cooked green peas and cooking liquid. Add more water to make the curry as runny as you prefer. Cover and let it come to a rolling boil.
  7. Remove from heat, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro. Optionally, just before serving, top with a little chopped onion (for crunch) and a quick squeeze of lemon juice.




Exotic and everyday foods with a Indian twist. Tina Dawson is a food blogger, food stylist and food photographer from India who loves adding an Indian twist to recipes from around the world. She loves to bake and spends every waking minute scouring the world for interesting and delicious things to eat. Her blog Love is in my tummy is a catalog of recipes - featuring both exotic and everyday foods - and culinary travel stories, where every meal becomes a journey.



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