Peas with coconut

Photographer: Emma
Serves 8

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.


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

Coriander to garnish


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.