Fresh English peas are low in calories, high in fiber and have one of the highest amounts of plant-based protein. The addition of tomato makes this dish even healthier as tomatoes contain Lycopene and Lutein which are great for your eyes! Pan-fried or scrambled paneer and tofu can be added to the dish to make it more filling.
2 cups fresh English Peas (Trader Joe’s generally have them in stock in the salad/veggie section)
2 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 medium onion, chopped fine or grated
1 teaspoon each, garlic paste and ginger paste
1/2 – 1 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 medium tomato chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro for garnish
Steam the peas for about 4- 5 minutes till just soft (do not cook completely)
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds- as the mustard seeds start popping, add the onion . Sauté for about 3 minutes till the onion start to brown.
Add the garlic and ginger paste and stir for 30 seconds. Add the remaining spices and continue to stir for a minute. Next add 2 tablespoons water and cook until the spices are well combined.
Stir in the chopped tomato and tomato paste and continue to stir till the tomato is soft and mushy. Add 1/2 cup water and continue to cook for another few minutes.
Add the peas and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice .
Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Variation: Add pan-fried Paneer (or even scrambled tofu) for a more filling dish.