Peas and Brinjal Fry
About this Recipe
I really do love peas (unlike my better half and his family) when its the frozen ones I get even more excited. So it’s just great that my mom lives next door and I get to cook all my favourite foods with her without disturbing the balance in my home. Before you mock me, or while you mock me please give this recipe a go. For those brown friends of mine still abstaining from meat, I am proud of you but before you eat that soya on its own make the soya the side dish to this meal.
Its good to get your vegetables in, in proper portions! The peas provide for good carbs and the brinjal gives your potassium levels a boost. Win win if you ask me.
Because this meal is ‘dry’ we like to pre-cook the peas so they are nice and soft. Just pressure cook them for about 3-5 mins or boil until its as soft as you like. I really love this meal and I could just eat a bowl of it plain. But that’s just me. Remember this meal has zero protein so try to cook something with it like a bean or lentil or even just a good quinoa salad will do. We made some chori (black eyed beans) to go with it.
Peas and Brinjal
- 1 tsp Coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
- 1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeeru)
- 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1 large brinjal / eggplant
- 1 tsp dhana jeeru (dried crushed coriander and cumin)
- 1 tsp crushed ginger
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- green chilies to your taste
- 1/2 tsp tumeric
- salt to your taste
Pre-cook your frozen peas for 5 mins either in the microwave, pressure cooker or boil on the stove for 10 mins.
Chop your brinjal into cubes.
In a pan/wok add your coconut oil and vagaar ingredients – rai, jeeru and hing. Braise for a few seconds and add in your chopped brinjal.
On low heat add in your masalas – ginger, garlic, green chilies, salt and turmeric. Mix well. Let cook for about 5 mins
Add in your pre-cooked peas. and allow to cook until brinjal is cooked another 5-8 mins.
When the vegetables are cooked throw your dhana jeeru on top and serve warm with some rotli or rice and daar. YUM!