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Matar Malai (Creamy Green Peas)

creamy Malai matar or green peas
Green Peas in a creamy sauce.  Malai refers to milk cream, but I have used whole milk for lesser calories.
This recipe is for my dear friend Priya who loves green peas and had requested for a recipe.  Hope you like it Priya.  

Ingredients:
Green Peas/Matar - 2 1/2 cups
Bay Leaf/Tejpata/Tamal patra - 1
Cloves/Long/Lavang - 4
Cinnamon/Dalchini - an inch piece
Cashews or Almonds - about 15
Milk - 1/2 cup
Salt
Oil

Onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Green Chillies - 6
Garlic/Lahsun - 4 big cloves
Ginger/Adrak - 1/2 inch piece
Coriander Seeds/Dhane/Dhania - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds/Saunf/Badishep - 1 tsp

Method:
1. Soak cashews in milk for 15 - 20 minutes.  Roughly dice onions and tomatoes.
2. Grind onions, tomatoes, green chillies, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, fennel seeds to a fine paste with little water.  Keep this onion tomato paste aside.
3. Grind soaked cashews with milk to a fine paste and save cashew paste for later.
4. Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon.  After few seconds, add green peas.  Saute at low flame for about 2 minutes so that the raw smell goes off.
5. Add the ground onion tomato paste, salt and cook for about 5 minutes.
6. Lastly, add cashew paste.  Cook it covered till the gravy thickens, about 5 minutes at low flame.
7. Serve creamy green peas curry with roti or naan or rice.

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