Indian Spiced Peas(Chuki Matar)& Masala Chai





Spiced Peas/Chuki Matar


  • 2 cups fresh/frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup sliced onions
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger julians
  • 2 green chillies. thinly cut (adjust to taste)
  • 1.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3/4 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 3-4tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice [adjust to taste ]

How I did it:

  • In a pan, heat up the oil on medium heat.
  • Once heated, temper the oil with cumin seeds and wait for them to crackle.
  • Add the sliced onions to the pan and let the onions saute till transculent.Dont brown them.
  • Next, add the chopped green chilies and ginger julians and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the peas, red chilli powder, cover the lid and let the peas steam till they are cooked but not mushy.
  • Once tender, open the lid,add salt and garam masala and stir fry on high heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the fresh lime juice and serve warm with masala chai

Masala Chai


  • 1 tea bag per cup (or 1 tsp of black tea leaves/cup)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1-2 fresh tulsi leaves [holy basil leaves if available] NOTE:Holy basil is totally different from Thai or Italian basil.
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of warm milk
  • ¼ tsp chai masala powder
  • sugar to taste

Masala/Spice Mix  [Makes 1 cup masala]

  • 1/4 cup cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp cloves
  • 1/4 cups whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cups green cardamom
  • 4 twig mace, broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 piece nutmeg, grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds

How I did it

  • Fine grind all the ingredients under the head “Masala/Spice Mix”.Store this spice mix in an air tight container in a dry place.This lasts for 2-3 years.
  • To make the masala chai:In a saucepan, add the water along with ginger and tulsi leaves[if using] and let come to a boil.After 2-3 minutes, add tea bag or tea leaves. Let  brew for 2-3 minutes.Next, add “masala” and milk and let it again come to a boil.Reduce the heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.Strain and serve with sugar (or sweetener).



62 thoughts on “Indian Spiced Peas(Chuki Matar)& Masala Chai

  1. dreamy isn’t it….having hot steamy masala tea on the chilly winter days on the street. I think its a priceless feeling. With something like chuki matar or poha on the side, oh God I’m already dreaming it! Last season I used to grow my own Tulsi and then when I saw it might be going down hill, we went ahead and planted it below our building! I was planning a masala tea post too but u knw I plan to many things LOL

    Love the spices u used except well badi elachi, I really don’t like it 😀 By the way love the glasses. I want them! Lol I’m such a “mangtu” I want everything beautiful I see on friends blog 🙂

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  3. All of our prayers are with u honey.. dont worry.. she will get better…
    And ur peas look exquisite 🙂 and the chai glass looks so adorable 🙂

  4. I’m sorry to about your grandma and hope she gets well soon.

    I just recently discovered Little India over here and this looks easy enough to attempt for someone who’s never cooked anything Indian.

    I didn’t know Masala chai called for holy basil. I tried growing a pot but the birds kept on picking the leaves!

    Btw, I have a bowl exactly like yours. 🙂


  5. It’s so sad to hear that your grandma is suffering so much. Lets pray and wish for her early recovery.
    I love your tea holders dear. And your masala peas are very very tempting. 🙂 I also prepare in the same manner. Beautiful photos…

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Prayers for your grandma dear, she will recover very soon! Amen! spicy peas looks way too good with Chai 🙂 the pic of jsut chai glass is top!

  7. Tanvi , i know how delicious this is coz i make something very similiar , mom loves it , with boiled potatoes.

    And gosh i have a craving now…

    I loveee ur Masala chai cups too :-)))

    Preety pretty and sweet , jus like u!

  8. Both look extremely enticing! But I must say, I’m a complete sucker for a GOOD cup of chai!

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  10. Faith (An Edible Mosaic) – I’m Faith and I blog at where I share my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Come check out my mosaic of recipes.
    Faith on said:

    I’ve never had this dish although I eat tons of Indian food. This really looks wonderful. I know how much hubby loves spicy food and this would put him in heaven.

    Have a great week ahead.

  11. I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother. It is a hard thing indeed to see the ones we love going through pain and sadness.

    You have the best recipes! I love your chai! I have always wanted to make it at home. Problem is I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find all of these ingredients.
    *Kisses* HH

  12. Hey,

    I am so sorry to hear about your grand ma and hope she recovers soon. It’s hard to see your loved ones suffering and specially when you are in this far far land.
    Love the peas masala. I don’t drink chai but that masala chai looks tempting. Love those tea glasses.

  13. Tanvi, hope your grandma feel well soon…as for the peas…they sure look very tasty with all the spices in it 🙂 The chai looks very tasty as well…I never made chai…time to try this one 😉

  14. Tanvi, my prayers are with ur guys,hope ur grandmas get well soon dear…btw spiced peas and masala chai both together looks sooo yummy..

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    PreeOccupied on said:

    A little prayer goes out for your Grandmother. I am sure she will be very proud to see your efforts in conveying the details about her and the way you replicate your family recipes.

  16. I will certainly keep her in my prayers and wish her recovery. Spiced peas and masala chai both are perfect for cold weather 🙂

  17. I hope your grandmother does recover. Truly… all prayers and positive energy is being sent your way and her way right now. I hope you both feel it!!!
    What a beautiful tribute to her. What a lovely and vibrant dish for this time of year. I have shelled many a peas and never found a moth. That was news to me.
    Big hug, and again, warmest wishes for grandma’s recovery.

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    Anna Johnston on said:

    Sorry to hear about your grandmother Tanvi, I do hope she feels better soon. I’ve never had this dish either, but it looks wonderful, so bright & cheery & the cuppa tea doesn’t sound too bad either 🙂

  19. I am sorry about your grandma, I hope her organism will prove strong enough to recover. This spiced peas look so good.

  20. Yum! It sounds delicious and comforting. And I love the childhood memory. I have a similar one, of a grandmother who used to shell them for me, and I ate them raw…and used to call them ”dots”. 🙂

  21. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen – Los Angeles, CA – Gourmande in the Kitchen is about food, photography, and pursuing life with a camera in one hand and a fork in the other!
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen on said:

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother’s health troubles. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. How touching of you to make these spiced peas to honor your childhood memories of your grandmother.

  22. Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen – Indiana, USA – Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food.
    Heather @girlichef on said:

    I think your peas sound wonderful…but what I wouldn’t give to have a glass of your chai. Yum 😛 Sending best wishes for your grandmum. Thanks so much for sharing these w/ the hearth and soul hop this week.

  23. I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you! â¥
    The dish looks great! very yummy combination.

  24. Its sad to hear abt your grandmother.Lets pray for her speedy recovery.
    Peas masala and chai is perfect combo snack.

  25. I’ve been seeing chai everywhere I turn lately. I need some. Now.

  26. Sorry to hear about your grandmother, I do hope she recovers. I hated shelling peas as a child but your recipe for them sure looks lovely.

  27. Oh tanvi, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother! My very best wishes for her health!

    These peas sound delicious and I am so happy that frozen peas DO exist so that I can make them!

  28. I can really feel how it feels when a loved one is sick back home.. My Prayers for her to get well soon..
    Your evening snack is perfect!

  29. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. My prayers are with her for a quick and full recovery. I know how hard that is, my grandfather is struggling right now as well and it’s really hard to be so far away from him when I know he’s having such a difficult go of it. Your dish is a beautiful reminder of her and of what’s most important in our lives; our family.

  30. First of all I hope your dear grand mom has recovered, if not I wish her a speedy recovery. I do not know why I never liked the taste of green peas my mum would have been only too happy if like you I popped some peas in my mouth but no way therefore she had to grind the peas and make some snack to get me to eat it. This spiced peas I think is something I might like.

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  44. Hi Tanvi. I want to try the tea recipe but it says a quarter cup green cardamoms and two green cardamoms. Are the last two supposed to be black? Thanks!

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