Use green peas or mattar to make something healthy yet tasty in simple steps using these offbeat and easy recipes.

Pea Paradise Soup

soup green peas recipes

Ingredients

  • Green Peas- 2 Cups Fresh/Frozen
  • Olive Oil/ Oil/ Butter- 1 Tbsp
  • Bayleaf- 1
  • Chopped Garlic- 1 Tsp 
  • Chopped Onion- 1 Small
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • Herbs- Fresh Or Dried As Per Choice
  • Chili Flakes- 1 Tsp
  • Potato-1 Med Sized, Peeled and Cubed
  • Roasted Crushed Jeera-1/2 Tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder-1/4 Tsp
  • Water/Vegetable Stock-4- 5 Cups
  • Flax Seeds/ Melon Seeds/ Pumpkin Seeds- 2 Tsp For Garnish
  • Low Fat Cream/Fresh Cream/Almond Cream- 1 Tsp For Garnish

Method

  • Prepare all the ingredients for the soup.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add in the Bayleaf, onions, garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add in the green peas, potato, salt and all spices, flavourings, herbs etc, and mix well for 30 seconds.
  • Now add in the liquid and bring to a boil, simmer for 10-15 mins and cool, puree and strain the soup well.
  • Bring it back to a boil, check for seasonings, adjust the texture and serve hot.

Chefs Variations:

  • For Veg: to make it more nutritious try adding ginger, green chili, soy chunks/ tofu as an option. For added green color we can also add spinach leaves, fresh basil leaves, broccoli etc as well.
  • For Non-Veg: can use chicken stock as well to make the soup and later add boiled chopped chicken in the soup and bring to a boil.

Nutkhut Mattar Pesto Pasta

pasta green peas recipes

Ingredients

For the Mattar Pesto:

  • Boiled Green peas- 1 Cup 
  • Chopped Green chili- 1 tsp 
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves 1/2 Cup 
  • Fresh Mint Leaves ¼ Cup 
  • Fresh Basil Leaves 1/2 Cup 
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • Lime Juice 2 Tbsp 
  • Chopped Garlic- 1 Tsp
  • Oil/olive oil- 3-4 Tbsp
  • Chilled water- 2-3 Tbsp
  • Cashews/ Almonds/ Peanuts- 2-3 Tbsp

For the Pasta:

  • Use any choice of pasta as desired- penne/fusilli/macaroni etc to be boiled until just cooked and refreshed with cold water, a little sprinkle of olive oil and kept aside.

To Assemble the Dish:

Sliced saute mushrooms/ Babycorn/ blanched broccoli/ zucchini cubes/ roasted or grilled brinjal slices/ cooked sliced tandoori chicken/ saute masala prawns/ sliced grilled fish/scrambled eggs/ shredded double fried eggs/sun-dried tomatoes/canned tuna fish etc can all be a choice of additional ingredients which we can add to our pasta dish.

Elements of Garnish:

  • Parmesan cheese shavings- ¼ cup or any cheese of your choice can be used.
  • Cherry tomatoes- 4-5 cut 1 x2
  • Black olives/ green olives- 4-5 sliced
  • Fresh herbs like parsley/basil/coriander/mint etc.

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Method

  • Prepare the mattar pesto dressing and keep chilled in the fridge.
  • Work on the boiled pasta and keep it chilled as well.
  • In a mixing bowl combine together the sauce and pasta and choose from the add on list and incorporate that as well here and toss the salad well.
  • Arrange the dressed pasta on a salad/serving plate and choose from the garnishes and serve immediately.

Ever Green Healthy Dip 

dip green peas recipes

Ingredients

  • Boiled Green peas- 1 1/2 Cup
  • Blanched Spinach Leaves- 1 Cup
  • Fresh Coriander And Mint-1 Cup Mix
  • Chopped Green Chili-2 
  • Chopped Garlic-1 Tsp 
  • Celery- ¼ Cup
  • Olive oil/Oil- 3-4 Tbsp
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • Roasted Crushed Peanuts- 2-3 Tbsp
  • Chilled Water-3-4 Tbsp

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Method:

  • Prepare all the ingredients for the dip.
  • Using a grinder jar, we shall combine all these ingredients and blend it into a coarsely smooth texture, chilled water will help us to get the desired texture without discolouring it.
  • Add lime/rock salt/ chaat masala as per taste/add any seeds like sunflower/ roasted sesame seeds/pomegranate seeds etc for a crunch as well.
  • Chill the dip until being served, drizzle a little olive oil/sesame oil etc on top and serve with crackers/sticks of veggies/lavash/ toasted garlic bread/grilled or baked potatoes/chicken on skewers etc. I also tried adding tofu/cream cheese/grated cheese/grated paneer into the same dip as well for variety.

Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more Chef Kaviraj Khilani who is besides being a Celebrity Master Chef, is a Mumbai-based author, food designer, creative cuisine specialist, food writer and consultant. He is also the recipient of several National Awards.