Hawaitharak Uti / Manipuri Green Peas Curry

Ending the month of January with an Indian Regional Recipe. The recipe in discussion today is the Hawaitharak Uti, a spicy Green peas curry from the State of Manipur, situated in the North Eastern part of India.

Green Peas Uti from Manipur

About Manipur

The State of Manipur is bordered by Nagaland to the North, Mizoram to South and Assam to West. It also shares an international border with Myanmar to its east.

The region is covered with forests of teak, pine, oak, uningthou, leihao, bamboo and cane. Rubber, tea, coffee, orange and cardamom are grown in the hilly areas.

Rice is the staple food for Manipuris. (Source)

While researching for this particular cuisine, I found a number of healthy dishes that particularly use only red or green chillies as the spice element and no other heavy masalas or gravy. I am keen to try some of the recipes that I have bookmarked and hopefully, you will see some of it on the blog soon.

Let us now discuss about this Uti Recipe or the Green Peas Curry in detail. The recipe uses fresh green peas and Garlic chives which are both easily available during winter season and consumed widely. It is gluten free and vegan too. Pair this curry with a steaming bowl of rice and you have yourselves a light and comfort bowl of food with seasonal goodness.

Green Peas Uti Recipe, Manipur Cuisine, North East Recipes

If you are looking for some Green peas related recipes, please check the below links

  1. Aloo Green Peas Paratha
  2. Green Peas Pulao
  3. Gajar, Methi and Green Peas Veg

For Green Garlic Recipes, you can check the below links

  1. Palak Hara Lahsun Paratha (Spinach Green Garlic Parathas)
  2. Garlic Chives and Flaxseed Thepla
  3. Mixed Dal with Garlic Chives

This Hawaitharak Uti, a spicy Green peas curry from the State of Manipur is my contribution this month towards the Shhhh Cooking Secretly Theme where we are all cooking from the North Eastern State of Manipur.

I am paired this month with a wonderfully talented blogger and an avid reader, Sujata Shukla. She blogs at Pepper On Pizza and has a whole range of healthy recipes from around the world, especially Salads! Sujata gave me two secret ingredients, Garlic Chives and Hing and was particularly patient with me since I took some time to research and find certain ingredients that I planned to cook initially but could not. Do check out her contribution for the theme, Aloo Badi Manipuri or Bori Thongba.

Let’s head over to the recipe now and make the most of winters and fresh green peas by cooking this delicious, spicy curry from Manipur.

Recipe for Hawaitharak Uti / Manipuri Green Peas Curry

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 10 to 15 mins

Serves 1

1 cup is 200 ml measurement

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Green Peas
  • 1 cup water to cook peas
  • 1 medium size onion finely chopped
  • 8 strands of green garlic chives
  • 3-4 small cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3 nos. Green chillies roughly chopped
  • A pinch of asafoedita
  • Oil 1 tblsp
  • salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish as required

Method

(1) Heat water in a pan and cook Green peas along with salt and green chillies until tender.

How to make Manipuri Hawaitharak Uti

(2) Chop the Green Garlic chives in 1 inch length and keep aside.

How to make Manipuri Hawaitharak Uti

(3) When the peas have almost cooked, heat another small pan and prepare for tempering.

How to make Manipuri Hawaitharak Uti

(4) Heat the pan, add oil and a pinch of asafoetida or hing.

How to make Manipuri Hawaitharak Uti

(5) Add chopped garlic and saute for few minutes followed by chopped onions.

(6) Saute until the onions turn translucent and pink.

(7) Now, add the garlic chives and quickly saute for a few seconds before adding the tempering to the cooked peas.

How to make Manipuri Hawaitharak Uti

(8) Add the tempering to the cooked peas followed by some chopped coriander leaves.

How to make Manipuri Hawaitharak Uti

(9) Switch off the flame and serve hot with a steaming bowl of rice.

Recipe Source – Here

Recipe Notes

  1. I have used fresh green peas for cooking here instead of dried ones.
  2. I have excluded the baking soda component as provided in the original recipe.
  3. Add green chillies according to your spice tolerance.
  4. Chives are very important ingredient, do not skip it.

If you try this at home, please give me a shout out / Tag Me on any of my social media handles.

Vidya Narayan

18 thoughts on “Hawaitharak Uti / Manipuri Green Peas Curry

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  1. Delicious and Looks so spicy with those little chilies but then well Manipuri cuisine is known for that! 🙂 This month’s theme was fun to discover so many veg dishes in a State where the predominant cuisine is fish based! I’ve learned so many dishes this month!

    1. I agree Ashima. The vegetarian recipes have minimal spices and like you mentioned, have the spice kick of chillies. Glad you liked it. Thanks.

  2. I so agree with you that this is a cuisine replete with mildly-spiced, healthy recipes. More importantly, the dishes are very easy to make, which is a big bonus on a busy weekday. Your green peas curry is a classic example of this cooking style and that I love garlic chives is just a bonus.

    1. Aruna, the meal was so filling even though there is no gravy here (the usual thick one) so much so that I wasn’t hungry until dinner. Satisfying.

  3. I amde a green peas curry too and this curry looks so good . This theme has brought out so many vegetarian options from manipur. Lovely share vidya

  4. I don’t know whether the Hawaitharak Uti is so easy to make, or its just that your clear instructions make it sound easy! Either way, the post makes me think of the fresh matar being slow cooked till tender, filling the house with its aroma. My littles granddaughter loves peas, and I think I will make this when Im next at Mumbai. Without the chillies, of course, for her!

    1. Thank you so much, I enjoyed cooking and eating this since the husband was touring and I could enjoy all the extra green chillies by myself.

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