This recipe takes just a few minutes to make, as long as you’ve got my onion masala ready to go! You just stir-fry green peas in the masala along with some spices, then top the peas with hard boiled sliced eggs! Enjoy this dish as a snack or as a meal.
This is a simple recipe that my grandma (nani) used to make for my mom when she was a kid. My mom made it throughout my childhood and still continues to make it, so it’s very familiar to me. It’s called sukhi matar anda sabzi which basically translates to dry peas and egg cooked in gravy. You can just call this Indian green peas and eggs if you want. 😉
Indian green peas and eggs is a super simple dish – something that my mom would throw together when we needed a filling snack or when we needed to use up extra hard boiled eggs. In fact, we often make this stir-fry for Easter, when we have plenty of colored hard boiled eggs to use up.
You guys really seem to like my Indian Shakshuka recipe – probably because it’s so darn easy to make, so I wanted to share some more super simple recipes. I have several more recipes like the shakshuka and like this Indian green peas dish this that I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks!
If you haven’t been following along with my Indian Onion Masala Series where I share recipes that call for exact amounts of this magical masala, then make sure to visit my “Onion Masala Headquarters” where you can learn all about this masala sauce and find more tasty recipes that use it. Click on the image below to find out how to make onion masala, how to store it and to find other recipes that call for it.
This Indian stir-fry is what I like to call a “dry curry.” Dry curries are nice because they’re a little different. I feel like most Indian recipes – at least, most of the popular ones – call for a lot of gravy. While I do love gravy, sometimes it’s nice to change things up. This is the type of dish that you’ll find Indian parents making for their kids. It’s a quick dish made with humble ingredients: frozen peas and hard boiled eggs.
Making this dish couldn’t be easier. You stir-fry (frozen) green peas in onion masala and spices, then top it with sliced hard boiled egg. Garnish with paprika and cilantro and you’re done. Well, don’t forget to carefully layer the egg slices on top of green peas – according to my mom, presentation is key to this dish and I have to agree.
- 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced (see how to make hard boiled eggs below)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen peas
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried mango powder (amchur)
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup (frozen or fresh/thawed) onion masala
- Cilantro leaves, chopped
- Add oil to a sauté pan and place it over medium heat. Allow it a minute to heat up, then add the cumin seeds and once they turn brown, add the green peas, spices and onion masala.
- Stir-fry the green peas for 2-3 minutes, or until they are cooked through, coated with spices and look a bit fried (this will take an extra few minutes if you’re starting with frozen onion masala).
- Place the green peas on a platter and top with sliced hard boiled eggs.
- Sprinkle a pinch of paprika on top of the eggs and garnish with cilantro leaves.
How to make hard boiled eggs in an Instant Pot:
- Places 2 cups water into the steel pot then place a steamer or trivet inside. Place the eggs on top of the steamer.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
- Naturally release pressure for 5 minutes, then open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
- Place the eggs in a bowl of ice cold water for 5 minutes, then peel and slice.
- If you are vegan or do not eat eggs, you can top the green peas with sliced cooked potatoes. I suggest sprinkling a little salt and pepper on top of the potatoes along with the paprika and cilantro leaves.