“Pattani poriyal”, ‘pattani’ meaning peas in tamil , was apparently mom’s favourite growing up. When she talks about it ,you start to get hungry despite the hour !!! So I always think of her when we make a pea dish at home !
Anamika always talks about how her mother always serves peas to guests ,for a meal because she wants to make them feel special or welcome. Why ,you may wonder ?!?!…simply because peas don’t come cheap and this is a country where a guest is equal to the divine. Such simplicity in thought and deed !!!
Shelling peas is such a relaxing task. We should get the kids to do that once in awhile. It’s so cute ,how the tiny green round fellas hang on with their little stalks to the pod…all cuddly and baby like !!! This is the season where yummy sweet peas are available at the grocers !
The thought behind posting this simple poriyal is because of a recent experience. Last week was amazing ,our home buzzed with close friends from Germany ! They ate mostly south Indian food all the days ,for 3 meals and loved it. They repeatedly mentioned how much they loved the poriyals at lunch time. A poriyal is a simple stir fry with few temperings added to a vegetable ,to be eaten as an accompaniment with rice . It’s one of the simplest and lightest way of cooking a vegetable while keeping the inherent flavours of the vegetable intact. The tempering slightly varies according to the vegetable. Here ,the peas are just fine with the onion ,mustard seeds and green chilli. However I love the flavour of mint with peas,so the final addition of fresh mint leaves gives that slight elevation in flavour and a bit of deviation from the usual.
I was happy that my family loved it….do try ,it really adds a nice surprise to regular peas poriyal. So,this recipe is for Christina ,who wants to cook healthy Indian food at home . This is also for Johanna ,who as a busy student ,is looking for easy healthy recipes to satisfy hunger pangs ! All you busy cousins and friends living abroad ,who try my recipes…no more whatsapp …I wanna hear from you lot here !!! Enjoy experimenting !!