You may have heard it said more than once and I say it again – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And what better way than to start your morning with a bowl of Goan Dry Green Pea Patal Bhaji and pao (bread)! You will not need to binge on anything even if you have a late lunch. And most of all it’s easy to make. Just throw in all the ingredients and cook.
Serves: 6 to 8 Persons
Prep. Time: 15 Mins + Soaking overnight
Cooking Time: 35 to 40 Mins
[ Standard Measure : 1 cup = 250 ml ]
- Dry Green Peas [Hara Vatana] – 1 cup
- Onion (chopped) – 1 medium
- Tomato (chopped) – 1 medium
- Garlic (crushed) – 2 to 3 cloves (optional)
- Green Corriander – to garnish
- Garam Masala Powder (see note) – 1 ½ to 2 tsp.
- Red Chilly Powder – ½ tsp.
- Corriander Powder – 1 tsp.
- Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp.
- Tamarind Pulp – 1 tsp. or to taste
- Jaggery (grated) – 1 tsp.
- Coconut Milk – ¼ cup
- For the Tempering:
- Ghee – 1 tbsp.
- Asoefoetida [Hing] – ½ tsp.
- Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp.
- Curry Leaves – 15 to 16
- Salt – 1 tsp. or to taste
Step 1: Soak the green peas overnight. The next day drain the water and transfer to a pressure cooker.
Step 2: Add the onion, tomato, garlic, the masala powders, 1 tsp. salt and 3 cups water (or more). Pressure cook on high heat for 5 to 6 whistles and then switch off the heat.
Step 3: Let the pressure drop naturally and then open the lid. Add the tamarind pulp and the jaggery and a little hot water (or more). Place on high heat and bring to a boil.
Step 4: Then check for salt and add if required. Add the coconut milk and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes till the bhaji starts boiling.
Step 5: Meanwhile, heat the ghee in a tadka pan and splutter the mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing. Then pour over the bhaji and close with a lid. Switch off the heat and let it rest 5 minutes before serving.
The garam masala used in this recipe is a Goan garam masala powder found locally in Goan markets. The outcome depends on the use of this masala.