Green Peas Upkari/Green Peas Stir Fry

Green Peas Upkari is a healthy comforting quick stir fry using fresh green peas or frozen peas in a simple south Indian tempering of mustard seeds and hing/asafetida. Stir fry cannot be easier than this! With a bowl of hot steaming rice and some dal, it completes a simple soothing and comforting home cooked meal.

On some days, all you need is something fresh, green and quick for a light lunch or dinner. Most lunches in our house is just plain hot steamed rice with dalithoy, any saaru upkari like alasande saaru upkari (black eyed peas in gravy) or typical Konkani coconut curries like Vaali Ambat , Pulikoddel ,etc.

Today, with temperatures soaring around us and the need to spend as little time as possible over a hot stove, I just picked up a frozen bag of fresh green peas from the freezer. With some chopped potatoes to complement the soft and sweet green peas, I proceeded to make a quick stir fry.

Cooking these in the pressure cooker made the whole process much faster. Once it was cooked, just added a tempering of mustard seeds and asafetida in coconut oil, a sprinkling of fresh grated coconut and the curry was ready.  With rice and dal cooking away simultaneously, my lunch was ready in less than 30 minutes!

So, the next time you need something fresh, sweet and quick, do try my version of quick green peas stir fry.

For more simple and easy stir fries, check out Cluster Beans Upkari , Pumpkin Stir Fry , Raw Banana Curry etc. 

Green Peas Upkari/Green Peas Stir Fry
Serves 3
Quick and healthy stir fry with fresh/frozen green peas and potatoes; perfect as a side dish with rice and dal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
161 calories
24 g
0 g
5 g
7 g
4 g
167 g
71 g
9 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
167g
Servings
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161
Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 4g
20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 71mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 9g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
22%
Vitamin C
157%
Calcium
3%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh/frozen green peas
  2. ½ cup peeled and diced potatoes
  3. ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  4. 2 to 3 dry red chillies
  5. ¼ teaspoon hing/asafetida
  6. 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  7. Salt to taste
  8. 2 tablespoons fresh grated coconut
Instructions
  1. Place the washed and drained fresh green peas and diced potatoes in a pressure pan. Add water to just above the vegetables and pressure cook for one whistle. Let the pressure come down on its own; remove the lid.
  2. In a deep saucepan, heat coconut oil and once hot, add mustard seeds.
  3. As soon as the seeds start to splutter, add the red chillies (cut up roughly) and hing and sauté for a few seconds.
  4. Immediately, add the cooked peas, potatoes and salt to taste and mix well.
  5. Add the water in which the vegetables were cooked too.
  6. Close the pan and cook again for a few minutes, till the vegetables are seasoned well with the salt and spices and they are fully cooked.
  7. Just before removing from heat, stir in grated coconut; give it a quick stir and serve hot and fresh green peas upkari with rice and dal or with any chapatti, paratha or as a sandwich filling too.
  8. If you do not have a pressure pan, add washed green peas and chopped potatoes to the tempering, add water and salt and cook till done. Then garnish with grated coconut and serve.
Notes
  1. If you do not have fresh green peas, you can use frozen too; they will cook faster.
  2. Frozen coconut can be used instead of fresh, but for an authentic fresh taste, try and use fresh grated coconut.
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calories
161
fat
5g
protein
7g
carbs
24g
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How to make Green Peas Upkari/Stir Fry:

  • Place the washed and drained fresh green peas and diced potatoes in a pressure pan.  Add water to just above the vegetables and pressure cook for one whistle.

  • Let the pressure come down on its own; remove the lid.

  • In a deep saucepan, heat coconut oil and once hot, add mustard seeds.
  • As soon as the seeds start to splutter, add the red chillies (cut up roughly) and hing and sauté for a few seconds.

  • Immediately, add the cooked peas, potatoes and salt to taste and mix well.
  • Add the water in which the vegetables were cooked too.

  • Close the pan and cook again for a few minutes, till the vegetables are seasoned well with the salt and spices.
  • Just before removing from heat, stir in grated coconut; give it a quick stir and serve hot and fresh green peas upkari with rice and dal or with any chapatti, paratha or as a sandwich filling too.

  • If you do not have a pressure pan, add washed green peas and chopped potatoes to the tempering, add water and salt and cook till done. Then garnish with grated coconut and serve.
  • Enjoy!!!

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4 comments

    • curryandvanilla says:

      Thank you Kriska 🙂 Stir fries with minimal spices bring out the natural flavors of vegetables! Happy to be part of Food Friday 🙂

    • curryandvanilla says:

      Thank you 🙂 Simple and quick stir fry enhances the flavor of any vegetable..minimum spices makes it more tasty! Proud to be part of Fiesta Friday 🙂

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