Malvani Chana Masala

Fresh green peas are so abundantly available now, but I do not stock them much. Not because of the fear of shelling them, but my daughter refuses to eat any dish which had peas. God knows what kind of a block that is.But I thought may be disguise the peas and try my luck and it did work. I ground the peas in this dish and the flavours are so strong that she simply loved the peas subzi. This dish is from the cookbook Rotis and subzis by Tarla Dalal
Fresh Green Peas              1 cup
Garlic Paste                       1/2 tsp
Tamarind pulp                    3 tbsp
Fresh cream                        2tbsp
Coriander                            1 Tbsp
Oil                                        1 Tbsp
Sugar                                    a pinch
Salt                                       to taste
Red Chillies                         2
Coriander seeds                    1tsp
Cloves                                   2tsp
Cumin seeds                         1/2 tsp
Caraway seeds                      1/2 tsp
Green cardamom                  1
Black cardamom                   1
Poppy seeds                           1tsp
Cinnamon                              1″ piece
Star Anise                               1
Dry coconut                            1/2 tbsp

Dry roast all the ingredients under the masala paste till good aroma comes out. Let it cool
Grind it into a smooth paste with just enough water
Cook the peas in pressure cooker.
Keep aside 1/4 portion of the steamed peas
Grind the rest into a coarse paste
Heat the oil in a pan and add the garlic paste. Saute for 30 secs
Now add the masala paste, stir well and saute for 2 minutes to get that beautiful aroma
Now add the ground peas paste and cooked peas. Mix well and continue to cook in low flame for another minute
Now add the tamarind pulp, salt, sugar and the necessary amount of water to get the required consistency cook for 3 minutes
Add the fresh cream , stir well , cook for another 1 minute and switch off the fire
Serve warm with rotis!!
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