Serve peas curry over hot steaming rice for a satisfying and healthy meals. This recipe includes lean cooked ham but you can substitute the ham with carrots or potatoes or both for a vegetarian version. This recipe also includes vegetable shortening, stock (you can use meat or vegetable stock to make this recipe; mushroom stock also works), flour, onions, sugar, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Peas curry makes a light and nutritious meal that can be incorporated in a healthy diet.
You can make healthy dinner recipe with fresh, frozen, or canned peas. The peas need to be cooked prior to adding to the other ingredients. For the best flavor, use fresh peas but if they are not in season, opt for frozen peas, which retain most of the flavor, color and nutrition of the vegetable. Fresh and frozen peas cook in about the same amount of time when boiled or steamed. Fresh peas are often sold in their pod so you need to shell them first before you can cook them.
Ingredients: 150gms precooked green peas, 200gms lean cooked ham cut into dice, 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, 2 tablespoons good stock, 1 teaspoon flour, ½ finely chopped onion, a pinch of sugar, dash of grated nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
In a frying pan over medium heat add vegetable shortening and fry the chopped onion until lightly browned. To this add flour and ham, stir over fire for a minute or two, and then put in peas, stock, sugar, and nutmeg. Allow it to cook on low flame for about 8-10 minutes while stirring often. Serve hot with rice.
To take the peas out oft their pod, remove the strings from the shell and run a finger along the opening to split the pod open and reveal the peas. Place the peas in a colander and rinse well but gently under cold water. Boil some water in a pot, just enough to cover the entire volume of the peas. Once the water starts to boil place the peas in the pot and cook the peas for two to three minutes. If you are using frozen peas, you can cook them straight out of the freezer or allow them to thaw for a few hours in the refrigerator. Once the peas are tender, remove them from the heat and drain out the water using a colander or sieve. Rinse the cooked peas in cold water to cut the cooking and to maintain the bright green color of the peas.