GREEN PEAS MIXED VEG MASALA ( Bachelor's recipe , no onion no garlic )

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Green peas with mixed vegetables to make a yummy masala side dish for phulkas or even basmati rice . I call it a bachelors recipe as it is all made in the pressure cooker which is probably the only main cooking appliance with a bachelor . The ease with which this dish can be made will tempt the busy housewife too. While this is a no onion no garlic dish you can easily add them to the dish to suit your preference .

Usually I start making phulkas along side while the pressure cooker does the job . 
The recipe is simple and yet retains a yummy flavor with not too many ingredients to make it a complicated dish . The same recipe is good for many veg dishes  . 

This is my basic recipe for many veg side dishes made in the same manner . Once in a while I choose from the add ons mentioned in the suggestions list below to give it a richer flavor .


Ingredients 

1 1/2 cup mix of vegetables like chopped cubed carrots , beans , potatoes and some green peas
3/4 cup tomato purée  made by grinding fresh tomatoes with 2 Kashmiri chilies for good colour .
1 tsp coriander powder 
Pinch of turmeric powder 
Salt as required 
2 tsp garam masala or kitchen King masala powder 
1/4 cup coconut milk made using  coconut milk powder 
Chopped coriander leaves 


For tempering 

2 tsp oil 
1 tsp cumin seeds 

Method 

Take a pressure cooker 
Heat it and add oil .
Add cumin seeds .let it brown a bit .
Add chopped vegetables , sautée well in the oil and then add tomato purée .
Now add all powders  except coconut milk , salt , some coriander leaves for flavor . Save some chopped coriander leaves for garnishing later . 

Add 3 cups water  or just enough to enable cooking .
Cover and pressure cook for 3 whistles . Depends what kind of cooker you have .

Open cooker when cooled naturally .

Take a ladle and mash lightly ( especially potatoes ) to blend vegetables with masala mixture .
Again Keep on low flame and add coconut milk .
Let it cook for 2 minutes till mixture starts thickening. The masala mixture becomes fragrant .
Add remaining coriander leaves .

Serve with phulkas or basmati rice .

Suggestions 

1. To add onions and garlic to recipe . Add 1 big onion finely chopped and sautée with cumin seeds and oil till translucent then  add other vegetables . 

2. Add 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste to veggies mixture and sautée well with little oil before adding water to mixture . 

3. To make recipe even richer add some fresh cream while serving .

4. Add 1 tbsp butter after opening cooker . Keep on low heat after adding coconut milk . 

5. 1/4 cup soaked cashew nut paste ( after grinding. ) can be added instead of coconut milk . 

6. Almond paste can be used instead of cashew paste .

7. After cooker is opened some roasted paneer cubes can be added to the the mixture and kept covered . The paneer will become soft in the hot mixture .

All add ons  will make the dish tasty and calories rich too ! 
Choice is yours.