Mattar Bhurji {Scrambled Sweet Peas}

by Kiran on May 4, 2016 · 20 comments

in Breakfast/Brunch, Indian, Stir Fry, Vegetarian

I‘ve said it before and I’m going to say it again — I don’t like peas. I simply don’t like peas and paneer. But I’ll still shop for sweet peas and paneer, come home, cook and devour it with the family. Because that’s what you should do. I’m not only cooking for me, I’m cooking for the family too. And they all love peas and paneer.

Change hate into acceptance. Gradual acceptance 🙂

Mattar Bhurji {Scrambled Sweet Peas} | @KiranTarun
This is a very easy vegetarian scramble that’s perfect with toasts, savory crepes (chila), dosas’ or as a side with rice and rotis. The versatility of scrambling ingredients isn’t only limited to eggs.

Oh no.

Throw in a couple of spices and vegetables, season well and voila! You’ve got yourself one very simple, flavorful and light spring side for any time of the week.

Mattar Bhurji {Scrambled Sweet Peas} | @KiranTarun
Make it more substantial by adding crumbled paneer (Indian cheese) or eggs! The resulting flavor will not be lost. And the star ingredient (sweet peas) would still shine very bright.

Hate or love, sweet peas does make for a beautiful ingredient!

Mattar Bhurji {Scrambled Sweet Peas} | @KiranTarun

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Serves 2, generously


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil / any cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch of hing/asafoetida
  • 1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 sprig of curry leaf
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of sweet peas (fresh/frozen)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp finely grated coconut


  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • lime wedges


  • 2 eggs or 4 oz of crumbled paneer


  1. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium. Once pan is hot, add oil. Wait for the oil to heat before sprinkling in mustard and cumin seeds. Wait for the seeds to sputter before adding chopped onions and a pinch of hing.
  2. Cook onions for a fews minutes or until soften and translucent before adding diced potatoes, chili, grated ginger, some curry leaves and turmeric powder. Give it all a nice mix.
  3. Put a lid on and cook until potatoes begins to soften. This should take about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in between.
  4. Once potatoes are lightly browned, add chopped tomatoes. Stir to coat everything and allow the tomatoes to cook down for a few minutes, before adding peas.
  5. Dump in the peas and dust with salt, pepper and garam masala. Stir fry for 2 minutes before adding finely grated coconut.
  6. Optional: the dish is ready, as is. But if you want to add eggs or paneer, you can do that now. Adjust seasonings accordingly.
  7. Just before serving, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and lime wedge.
  8. Serving options: savory indian crepes (chila) as pictured 🙂


Mattar Bhurji {Scrambled Sweet Peas} | @KiranTarun
Off to grab what is left of spring. Going out to literally smell the roses and you should too! In fact, stock up on those sweet peas, while you are at it 🙂

What’s your favorite scramble?


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1 Rosa May 5, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Delicious looking and so colorful. The kind of food I love to eat.

I’m sure that you’ll end up liking peas… Just persevere and be patient. 😉




2 Kiran May 12, 2016 at 10:43 PM

Thanks Rosa — I kind of starting to “like” peas, might not “love” it just as much 😀 Tiny steps!


3 Angie@Angie's Recipes May 6, 2016 at 3:15 AM

A wonderfully delicious dish…my kind of food. Love all the spices that you have added in there.
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4 Kiran May 12, 2016 at 10:47 PM

Thanks Angie — spice is literally my life 🙂


5 Denise Browning May 6, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Love how versatile this sweet pea-paneer recipe is. It works well as a side or as a filling for Indian crepes.


6 Kiran May 12, 2016 at 10:49 PM

Thanks Denise 🙂


7 Honey, What's Cooking May 7, 2016 at 11:44 PM

Looks so good, I love egg burji, never tried mattar bhurji.
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8 Kiran May 12, 2016 at 10:50 PM

Nisha — give it a try 😀


9 Anne@ASaladForAllSeasons May 8, 2016 at 11:53 PM

Kiran…it’s hard to believe that you don’t like peas since you’ve turned them into such a beautiful recipe! Actually, peas are my favorite vegetable. And I can’t wait to try this simple dish. And I have to tell you….I am in awe of your beautiful photography! : )
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10 Kiran May 12, 2016 at 10:56 PM

Thank you so much, Anne. I have begin to “like” peas a little. But i’d still pass on if given the option 😉

This savory dish is certainly the best way for me to begin liking peas. I’d eat this over and over again, with zero complains.


11 John/Kitchen Riffs May 10, 2016 at 9:00 PM

I do like peas. A lot. So I’d be happy to eat your portion! This really looks good — great take on a classic. Thanks.
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12 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:35 AM

I’m so glad other’s love peas more than I do. Don’t mind sharing it one bit 🙂


13 rebecca May 10, 2016 at 11:06 PM

this looks tasty 🙂
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14 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:36 AM

Thanks Rebecca. Hope you and the family are doing well. xoxo


15 mjskitchen May 15, 2016 at 10:08 PM

I love FRESH sweet peas and we have been getting some really excellent peas this year. This is a perfect dish for sweet peas. I love it! Thanks for sharing!
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16 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:40 AM

So true! Nothing beats seasonal, fresh peas. Thanks xo


17 Monica May 16, 2016 at 12:02 PM

Okay, I love peas so this is easy for me to love…but seriously, it looks so beautiful and delicious. I’m glad you make it and your family doesn’t miss out! : )
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18 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:44 AM

Monica — family is love and compromising. some days i make what others love, and other days, they eat what I love. It’s the perfect recipe 😉


19 karrie @ Tasty Ever After May 17, 2016 at 5:43 PM

My Hubby loves peas and he would be so excited if I made this dish for him! It’s a definite keeper 🙂 Also, I’m loving your photos. So gorgeous!!!
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20 Kiran June 7, 2016 at 3:46 AM

Thanks Karrie — Make it and let me know his reaction 😀


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