Kovalam Mutter is super simple, robust & aromatic curry that will easily make it’s way on your regular dinner rotation. Serve with rice for a complete meal.
When I was in college, my aunt gifted me a hamper which contained 6 cookery books, all from Tarla Dalal. For those who don’t know about her, she was a celebrated Indian food writer, chef, cookbook author and host of cooking shows. I used to love watching her cooking shows on TV and would religious make her recipes. I recreated so many recipes of hers that everyone began calling me junior Tarla Dalal! I took a lot of pride in that name and would dream of becoming like her some day. I would imitate her while cooking her recipes in my kitchen. It was as if there was an imaginary camera recording me. It’s funny how life unfolds! She did play a large role in shaping my future.
I still have her books with me and go back to it whenever I need some inspiration. She also has a website which I keep visiting. It was there I saw the recipe for Kovalam Mutter. I had never heard of this dish before but since I love green peas, I just knew that I had to try this recipe. I assume, the recipe gets its name from Kovalam which is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram metropolitan area in Kerala, India. Their cuisine relies heavily on the use of coconut maybe because the shore is lined with coconut palm trees. This dish too has a South Indian traditional combo of coconut and veggies like green peas and onions.
I enjoy making and eating one-pot curries like these. They can be had with any Indian bread on weekdays and with rice on weekends. This creamy coconut curry sauce is loaded with flavor and is made using just few basic ingredients. There are many ways to make curry. But remember, every good curry has something in common: an authentic base layer of flavor that is created using rich and fragrant spices and seasonings. Since coconut milk is the base for this curry the dish is high in fat and low in carbs. You can call this curry healthy because the fats from coconut milk are the good ones that our body needs. It’s Keto, Whole30 friendly and down right delicious.
Let me share with you the recipe to make Kovalam Mutter. First prepare a paste of coconut, garlic and cashews. Keep it aside for now. Heat oil in a pan and temper cumin seeds. Once it splutters, add urad dal and fry till they turn light golden. Then add finely chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent. Next add the ginger paste along with the ground paste and water. Mix and cook this for 4-5 minutes on medium flame or until the raw smell goes away. Then add the frozen/cooked green peas to the pan along with the seasonings like turmeric powder, coriander cumin powder, paprika and salt. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve warm.
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Easy Kovalam Mutter | Vegan Green Peas Curry
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 2 tbsp cashews
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp urad dal
- 1 onion
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 cups green peas
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coriander cumin powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- salt as required
- cilantro for garnish
- First prepare a paste of coconut, garlic and cashews. Keep it aside for now.
- Heat oil in a pan and temper cumin seeds.
- Once it splutters, add urad dal and fry till they turn light golden.
- Then add finely chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent.
- Next add the ginger paste along with the ground paste and water. Mix and cook this for 4-5 minutes on medium flame or until the raw smell goes away.
- Then add the frozen/cooked green peas to the pan along with the seasonings like turmeric powder, coriander cumin powder, paprika and salt. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve warm.
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Here are some recipes that you can try with green peas – How To Make Papadum & Green Peas Curry | Papad Ki Sabzi, Green Peas Crepes/Dosa, Methi Matar Malai | Fenugreek Green Peas Gravy & A Vegan Version, Khoya Mutter | Green Peas Masala, Vegan Mutter Ka Nimona | Green Peas Curry Recipe, Restaurant Style Aloo Mutter Gravy | Potatoes & Green Peas Curry, Green Peas Pulav and Green Peas Shundal/Green Peas Munchies.