Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pattani kadalai Kuruma

It is also called kaanja pattani kuruma in Tamil (Dry peas kuruma).

It is one of the signature dishes of my mom.
Like many in India mom lived in a joint family system where we need to cook for everyone's need. But she was a happy little lady with great loving Inlaws:) who pampered her with lot of affection.
Those days reminds me of some beautiful picture portrayed in canvas.
Nevertheless to say She had to cope up with so many patch up works in the kitchen when she was not having the Fridge. One such thing is the back up plan with dry peas.
She used to do it often along with rice for lunch and the rest would be saved for the chapathi for the dinner.
Having a pack of dry peas in the pantry can save your day often:) A little soaking and some curry powder can be enough to cater a surprise guest.
We can buy the whole dry peas in any Indian Store. The peas can come in yellow and green color. Both do good but the yellow one tastes great.
Here is the recipe for the simple pattani kuruma.


Dry peas (whole with skin) - 3/4 cup
tomato - 1
Red onion - 2 (medium size)
green chillies - 4
coriander leaves - a handful.
mint leaves - few
curry leaves - few
shredded coconut - 1/2 cup
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
red chilli powder - 1 tsp
turmeric powder - a pinch
coriander powder - 3 tsp
garam masala powder - 1 tsp
salt - to taste
olive oil - 1 tbsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
bay leaf - 1

Soak the whole dry peas in cold water overnight or in hot water for 5 hours.
Put it in a pressure cooker vessel and add enough water to immerse it (not above the peas). If the water level is above then we our peas will become mushy.
If the peas is under-soaked, then add water enough to cover the peas and it should stand 1 inch above the peas level. 

Pressure cook till we get one whistle reduce flame and keep in minimum for 5 minutes. Then switch off flame and open the lid after 10 minutes .The peas have the tendency to get over cooked if gone beyond one whistle.

Grind ginger and garlic together. Keep aside.
Then grind shredded coconut , cumin seeds and 1 onion together. keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry some fennel seeds and bay leaf.
Add the chopped onion, green chillies ,curry leaves, cilantro and mint leaves. After the onion turns golden brown , add ginger garlic paste and saute well.
Now add chopped tomatoes and saute till oil separates.

Add 2 cups of water, chilli powder, turmeric powder , curry masal powder , salt and stir well. Boil till the raw smell vanishes.

Add the coconut masala and let it come to a boil.

Then add the cooked peas along with the water.
Mix well , check for salt and let it boil for two minutes.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Pattani kuruma is ready!

Serving suggestions:

serve hot with rice ,chapathi or naan .
Makes 4 cups of pattani kuruma .


Parita said...

peas curry looks good, must be grt with roti..

Padma said...

Love this curry/kurma ... perfect with rice and chapathis ....

Finla said...

I actually love curry with dry peas. Mom always bought a kilo for a month .........
This looks so so yummy delcious.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Lovely curry with peas always anything with pattani.. so sure i will love this too

Pavithra Elangovan said...

And adding coriander and mint would make the curry more aromatic hah.. so grab that bowl

ARUNA said...

kurma looks delicious yaa!!!

gtyuk said...

Kadalai kurma looks yumm, I'd love it with chapatis :)

Ann said...

My most fav kurma from my mom's cooking:) I love it hot rice.. Yummo! your pic is too tempting Viki!

Poornima Nair said...

Kurma looks yumm.

chef and her kitchen said...

Nice kurma,,,I love the taste of boiled green peas..

Pooja said...

my mom used to make this dish often ...simple and yummy !

Vrinda said...

Yummy kuruma Viki..i would lov to hav it with Puttu..

Gita Jaishankar said...

wow....delicious kurma dear...looks so spicy and yummy :) I cant wait to try out your mom's special :)

Yasmeen said...

Spicy n delicious,just the way I like it:)

kittymatti said...

wow! Vella pattani...looks sooo good!

chakhlere said...

Even i love this curry!!
I make it so often!!
Yours recipe is a nice variation !!
Will definitely try it!!

Vijitha said...

Lovely kurma! looks so good viki.

Manju said...

this is my easy go-to curry when i run out of veggies or just ideas as to what to make for dinner.

Varsha Vipins said...

aiyyoo,..ithu my favvvvv ..I love peas curry so much..sometimes add few paneer peices as well..:)

Unknown said...

This curry looks very yummy..goes perfect with rice / roti

sriharivatsan said...

Epdi iruka Viki..Nowadays work is occupying me more, could not post anything..Moreover am having a tough time with kutti..He is getting injured with something or other if unnoticed for a second..This peas kurma is my favo one, though i didn't know the exact way to do.. i think i can try this something, maybe tonight with chapathi..Take care dear..Have a nice time..

Nithya Praveen said...

Looks good Viki.....Perfect with hot rotis and rice.

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice healthy curry

Priya Suresh said...

Delicious kuruma, i love dry green peas as anything, am a die hard fan of this great green peas, delicious kuruma Viki!

Raks said...

Looks nice,will be nice with chapathis and dosas!

Sanghi said...

Nice kuruma for chapathi and parotas.. Yumy!

suvi said...

hmmm...this kurma looks delish!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Yellow peas curry is my fav'...Mommy makes it for idly too!!

Not everyone are lucky to have such Sweet Mom-in-law, right! Bless them!!