Matar ke chilke ki sabzi – Pea shells stir fry

I promised, I will be creating some popular and off -the -beaten- track recipes, before the winter winds up. πŸ˜‰ Today it is the latter option.

Here I am with a uniquely rustic recipe of creating something lip -smacking with pea shell /skin. The best part of this recipe is the lack of any over -powering spices.

I wanted to make this dish before the fresh sweet green peas vanish from the market. The only tedious part of this recipe is – skinning and needs to be done at leisure with a bit of patience πŸ˜‰ I lack the leisure time πŸ˜› So I did it while watching a Bruce Willis movie (Psst…….I don’t like him).

For the recipe, one needs the fresh peas the season offers, because only the fresh pea shell will snap neatly into two or three parts. String the outer edges of the shell and skin out the inner membrane.

pea skin

Those are inner membranes of the shells

It is easy to do, just laborious πŸ˜‰ Hold the one end of the shell and gently peel away the membrane.

Here’s how it looks after skinning……

pea skin



Once it skinned, rest will take just a few minutes πŸ˜‰

matar ke chilke ki sabzi - Pea shells stir fry

Here’s what I did………..


Makes for 2 persons

1 cup – skinned pea shells

1 nos – small onion

1 nos – green chili

1/4 tsp – tumeric powder

1/4 tsp – coriander powder

1 tsp – oil

pinch of red chili powder

pinch of asafoetida

pinch of cumin seeds

salt to taste


Rinse the shells thoroughly. One may chop them at this juncture. I didn’t.

Roughly chop the onion and green chili.

Heat oil in a pan and temper with asafoetida and cumin seeds. Add the chopped onion and fry till translucent. Add the pea shells and the dry spices. Season with salt. Lower the flame, cover and cook for 3 -4 mins. The shells will be tender by then. If not, cover and cook another min. Increase the flame and toss for a min.

matar ke chilke ki sabzi - pea shells stir fry

Serve hot with rice and cooked lentil or chapatis.

matar ke chilke ki sabzi - pea shells stir fry

Happy cooking !! πŸ™‚

Cheers !! πŸ˜€



About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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23 Responses to Matar ke chilke ki sabzi – Pea shells stir fry

  1. What a labor of love Andy! My nani used to make it. Love it.

  2. Never tasted this, looks delicious Andy

  3. LifestyleswithLia says:

    Hooray, I have got pea pods in the fridge! This recipe is another easy and delicious one! You inspire me!

  4. LifestyleswithLia says:

    I seriously love all your recipes…

  5. What a fabulous idea, Anindita! And to think I just chuck loads of the peels out (into a compost pit, but still…. )

  6. Paula says:

    Now I will be hungry the whole day πŸ˜€ Have a good week, Andy!

  7. Sounds interesting and delicious. ..

  8. skd says:

    Matar ke Chilke ki sabzi??? Matar ke chilke of all. I mean they are so hard. I would never have even dreamt that they could be mellowed into something so deliciously edible. Andy!! You are a genius πŸ™‚

  9. Never thought of using peels in sabzi- sounds delicious Andy…:)

  10. This sounds quite interesting?

  11. I never knew this!! Totally going to try this πŸ˜€

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