Pattani Varuval

Green Peas stir fry – South Indian style

Fresh or frozen green peas tossed in simple spices, caramelized onion and an addition of a handful of the fried onions, what a delight this recipe was along with some warm and spicy quinoa sambar sadham! I had never heard of such a dry curry/ kari as we call it in Tamil until I saw a post on Instagram by Mullai of Spice India Online. It had been in the back of my mind ever since to try this one. I did not follow any particular recipe. This recipe is again a concoction of the various Google finds and made to suit our palate.

I used frozen green peas because an online grocery order left me with a big bag and this household is not necessarily fond of sweet peas. It is fresh peas in India now and the virtual food world is filled with recipes using them. Every regional cuisine uses green peas in its own way and the options are limitless.

This particular recipe works well because of the caramelized onions and the final addition of the fried onions. The Holiday season here means some good quality fried onions show up in the market, they are seasonal and we buy it in the Winter to top our soups, salads, biriyanis, pilaos, etc.,. It is one of our favorite time saver ready-to-use ingredient !

Pattani Varuval

Recipe : Pattani Varuval

Fresh/Frozen Green Peas Fry – Pattani Varuval – recipe :

Ingredients :


🔹️Frozen green peas 1 cup rinsed well and drained
🔹️Chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon
🔹️Salt to taste
🔹️Oil – 1 teaspoon
🔹️Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon optional
🔹️Thinly sliced red onion – 1/4 cup
🔹️Fried onions – 1/4 cup

For tempering:
🔹️Black mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
🔹️ Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
🔹️Curry leaves 4 or 5
🔹️Green chili – 2 slit in half or to taste
🔹️Ginger Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

How to :
Heat a skillet on medium high, add oil and get the tempering going – mustard seeds, cumin, green chilis, ginger garlic. Next add the sliced onions and let them fry until well done. Add the green peas, chili powder and salt to taste. Let it fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until well roasted. Sprinkle the fried onions and mix thoroughly. Let it sit uncovered for a minute. Check for seasoning and turn off heat. Serve warm for best taste. Makes a great accompaniment for sambar sadham, pulao, biryani, rotis or anything else you like to eat it with….even better as a bowl of snack !

The chewy, batter coated fried onions elevated the taste of this varuval!! You have to take my word for it and give it a try!

Variations :

  • Use fresh or frozen green peas.
  • Add any tempering of your choice, need not stick to the South Indian classic as given above.
  • Use fried onions or thool pakoda (yet another South Indian classic snack item).
  • Add lots of garlic for the extra oomph.
  • Adjust heat/spiciness based on your liking and the sweetness of the peas.
  • Add smoked paprika for a smoky flavor and the color.

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