SOOKHE MATAR – stir fried fresh green peas

In my endeavor to make something healthy more often than just once in a while, I remembered this very old dish that I have seen my mom in law make sometimes when I visited Kanpur.  I totally fell in love with this dish because of its simplicity and also because I love fresh green peas so very much.

In Delhi the onset of winters brought forth in the vegetable market tender sweet green peas, which my mom used to buy by the kilos (mind you not one kilo but maybe about 5 kgs) and everybody in the household got a portion to shell while watching evening television.  Most of them went into our mouths and some to Silky too as they were so irresistible.  She used to collect them in a huge wicker basket wash them and then store in the freezer.

A very simple aloo matar subzi made of those fresh green peas is one of life’s simplest pleasures even to this day.  I cannot tell you how much I relish the sweetness the peas brought into the dish, so much that sometimes dad would ask her if she put sugar in the subzi?

I will give you the recipe of that aloo matar tari wale (potato and pea in a thin gravy) some other day, but today its the turn of this beauty.  I don’t know the recipe that my mom in law used, but this is my own version of it.

sookhe matar


250 grms of fresh green peas

2 big onions

4 garlic cloves

a big pinch strong hing

1 tspn red chilli powder

1/2 tspn garam masala

1 tspn amchoor (dried raw mango powder)

a big pinch sugar

1/4 tspn jeera


In a wok put a tspn of oil

Add the finely chopped onions and minced garlic and cook till golden pink

Add hing and stir

Add the peas and salt to taste and cover and cook till the peas are tender

You can add a tbspn of water if the peas don’t cook

Once the peas are tender add the garam masala, amchoor, red chilli powder and sugar

Stir well and switch off the flame

We usually have this as a snack to tea or you know just like that…  but look at me I spooned these over a egg white omelette with lots of pili pili.

It was a new recipe to me and am sure will be to quite a few of you as well.  Do try it


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