Pattai Pirattal /Pachai Pattani Pirattal /Green Peas Semi Dry Curry

Pirattal is a semi dry dish popular in Chettinad cusine and can be made in various ways.Vegetables like eggplant,drumstick and legumes,even chicken ,mutton also used to make pirattal.
Each tastes unique on its own way.I have shared vegetable pirattal here using baby eggplant and drumstick.

Pirattal is a versatile dish which can be served as an accompaniment or can be mixed with rice and eaten.

Coming to the recipe,it can be made with both fresh and dried soaked peas.Today's version is with the soaked peas and cooked the peas in the open pot.Most of the times, soaked green peas get overcooked in the pressure cooker,so I prefer the open pot method.It takes only 15-20 minutes to cook,meanwhile rest of the preparation for the curry can be done.

                                                                         Pattani Pirattal /Green Peas Semi dry Curry

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 6 hours or overnight
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 3 (generously)


Green peas/pachai pattani
1 cup (dried)
Onion( finely chopped)
1 medium size
Curry leaves/karivepillai
few leaves
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
3/4 -1 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
1.5 tsp
Garam Masala powder
1/4 tsp
Fennel seeds
1/4 tsp
1 tsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
1 tbs
1-1.5 tbs


 Grind to fine paste

2 tbs
1(medium size)
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp
1/2 inch piece
2-3 cloves
  • Soak the green peas overnight and cook it in a pressure cooker or open pot along with a generous pinch of salt.Cook until the peas is tender and it should hold the shape.Set it aside.
  • Grind the given ingredients for grinding to a fine paste and keep it aside.
  • Now heat a pan with oil and once it becomes hot,crackle the fennel seeds.Saute it with pinch of salt till onion turns transparent.Add in the ground paste. 
  • Cook it until the raw smell disappears.Add in all the spice powders,salt and give it a mix.Now rinse the blender jar with water and add it.Mix it well.Let it boil for couple of minutes.
  • Now add in the cooked green peas and cook it covered for 3-4 minutes or until the moisture gets evaporated.Add in the chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice, mix it well.
  • Serve it with rice or roti.

  • A tsp of ghee can also be added along with oil for extra rich taste.
  • Use ripe tomatoes to get a nice taste.
  • If fresh peas is used,then add it along with the onion and saute it.Then follow the rest of the method.



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The recipe sounds quite like the way we make ragda , the white peas .the coconut is a different ingredient here . I am trying to visualise the taste of the dish ... must be so delicious .
Bookmarking !

Even I don't cook peas in pressure cooker as it always turns mushy. This pirattal looks so tempting. Best served with a cup of rice..

That is such a beautiful looking pirratal. Love the dish and your pics are fantastic. Am a total fan!

Pirattal looks awesome.. I like this kind of chettinadu dishes ti go with my roti or Puri.. Going to make this soon..

As Vaishali mentioned it does looks like Radha. There are endless ways of making curries,right? Love your version.

Reminds me of green peas fry served in some hotels here but wetter... If you get my meaning. Bookmarking.

Never tried this way. Want to try it out soon. Bookmarked. I bet this would be a perfect combo for roti.

Such a flavorful recipe. I have never made this kind of curry. The pics are awesome Nalini!

Lipsmacking here, pattani pirattal tempts me a lot, feel like finishing that whole plate rite now. A real torture for me.

A delicious looking dish Nalini, I'v never tried a pirattal. Dried peas one looks yummy. Book marking this recipe.

Wow that peas curry sounds so interesting Nalini, never made it this way..what a feast your picture looks!

Pattani Pirattal with rasam and steamed rice makes a hearty meal for me

oh I love the kartikkai pirattal too :) and this is a great dish to bookmark :-)
would love it with rasam - rice

Recipe looks tasty and beautiful.

recipe looks very rich. would be lovely side dish for chapathis

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