Ganpati special – Green Peas or Vataanyachi bhaaji

I wrote about the Ganpati celebrations at my grandparents’ home and the festivities that followed. If you’ve read about it here, you will have noticed the rather unusual menu for that day.

There is a simple explanation to it. The Ganpati set up used to be an elaborate and laborious one. Since the idol was made at home by my granduncle it had to be perfect, as did the decorations. This meant that the idol would only be ready to be installed that evening, unlike most homes where the idol is installed and the puja done in the morning. This evening schedule meant that the first proper meal of the day could only be had after offering it to Ganpati. Lunch was therefore a bit of a compromise, and could not include grains of any sort. Salads being an alien concept back then, the next best thing was this dish of spicy peas washed down with some cool lemonade.

There was always something special in the air that day that made this rather frugal meal simply delicious.

It’s fabulous on its own but now I sometimes serve it with steamed rice and plain lentils as a quick weekday dinner.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and continue to do.

Ganpati chi bhaaji (Vataane)

Ganpati chi bhaaji (Vataane)

Ingredients:

400 grams green peas, shelled

2 tablespoons oil

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

1 teaspoon each turmeric, chilli powder and sambhar powder*

salt to taste

1 onion, finely chopped (optional)

a pinch of asafoetida

Green Peas

Green Peas

Method:

  1. In a large saute pan, heat the oil. Add asafoetida and cumin seeds.

  2. Once the cumin seeds splutter, add in the spices. Take the pan off the heat and swirl the oil so that the spices are well mixed. Add in the onions and put the pan back on the heat.

  3. Cook till the onion is transparent and add the peas. Add salt.

  4. Cover and cook on low-medium heat till the onions are mushy and the peas are done.

  5. Serve hot.

 

Notes:

  1. The onions are cooked till they are mushy and almost invisible to the eye.

  2. It’s the peas that are the stars of this dish so use the best of the season. If you are using petit pois you may not need to cook them for as long.

  3. This also makes a great filling for hand pies/samosas.

  4. The sambhar masala is a garam masala unique to the Pathare Prabhu community. You can omit it altogether or use a pinch of regular garam masala in its place.

 

About The Weekend Baker

Weekend baker, cook book collector, gatherer of family recipes.. I have inherited my love for baking, cooking and experimenting in the kitc
This entry was posted in A-Z 2016, Festive food, Seasonal food, Seasonal Veggies, Vegan and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Ganpati special – Green Peas or Vataanyachi bhaaji

  1. inquisitivegeet says:

    Peas are not my favorite but Ganpati ji surely is! He is one God that truly calls for faith from me!

    Cheers
    Geets

  2. We make something similar only without any masala – just the peas with ginger juliennes. It’s typical of winters and is absolutely delicious.

  3. Shilpa Garg says:

    I have never added sambhar powder in dry green peas veg,.. but I can imagine the flavour just because of that. I am so going to try your recipe next time, Monica. Thanks 🙂

  4. Indywrites says:

    I love this peas dish, I add tomatoes to it too, typical punjabi tarka to it and its super yummy 🙂

  5. kalaravi16 says:

    This is a lovely recipe Monica. I make the same with garam masala or dhania-zeera powder. Ganpati Bappa Moriya!
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

Leave a Reply