Peas with coconut
17th October 2012

Peas with coconut

By Emma Photography by Emma

There is nothing more satisfying than spending an afternoon in the kitchen over a hot stove, lost in a culinary haze, only to rejoin the rest of the world several hours later to the sound of the happy chatter of friends and family as they arrive to share in the feast.  I think that Indian food is particularly conducive to large gatherings, to tables packed, elbow-to-elbow with those who you love most, jostling for space amidst the food and drink, plates and cutlery.

The beauty of this dish is that it contains only four ingredients and is quick and easy to make.  Despite this, it is particularly tasty and is a great way of getting some greens onto the table too.

So gather those who make you smile, squeeze them round your dining room table and cook them an Indian feast to remember.


Serves 8
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  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely sliced
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut, soaked in boiling water then drained
  • 4 cups frozen peas, rinsed in hot water
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  • Coriander to garnish


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  • 1. In a large frying pan sauté the onion and garlic until translucent.
  • 2. Add the peas and coconut and cook for several minutes until peas are completely heated through. Serve immediately garnished with coriander.


    1. Nick

      Hi Emma,

      Do you use fresh coconut (painful process) or do you use dried shredded coconut available from supermarkets?


    2. Emma

      Hi Nick,
      Thanks for your message. Just use whatever coconut (thread, desiccated, chips) you might have on hand. Yes – it would be a painful process with fresh but beautifully delicious!
      Happy cooking!

    3. Tom

      I’m a recent fan of Coconut and love all recipes that incorporate this wonderful food! Thanks Emma.

    4. Emma

      Hi Tom,
      Thank you so much for your message. I am glad that you like our coconut-spiked recipes. I think this one in particular is great as it is quick, easy and deliciously tasty!
      Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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