Hawaitharak Uti / Manipuri Green Peas Curry

A Traditional Green Peas Uti Recipe from the Manipur Cuisine, Hawaitharak Uti. Vegan, Gluten Free and simply delicious to be savoured with steamed rice.

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


  • 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


(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

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 28 Comments

  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. The curry looks very interesting and quite flavourful! 🙂 I’m sure it tasted every bit as delicious. Great share for the theme!

    1. Thank you

  3. Perfect seasonal recipe.. Looks so inviting and feel like having with a bowl of rice.

    1. Thanks Priya.

  4. I’m really amazed to see how simple the dish is..I bet it would have tasted fabulous..the simplicity at best

    1. Agree Lathi, thank you so much

  5. Green peas curry sounds simple yet delicious and flavourful. Loved your detailed well written recipe. I would love to have it with hot steamed rice. I will try it in this peas season.

    1. Thank you so much. Rice is the best option.

  6. 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.

  7. The green peas curry looks so inviting and beautiful clicks Vidya.

    1. Thank you

  8. 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

    1. I agree about the veg options from the cuisine. Thank you.

  9. 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.

  10. Replacing the dried peas with fresh ones for this recipe is a wonderful idea and what I like is that one does not necessarily have to use the baking soda as many NE states call for. A healthy looking dish that can be enjoyed with either rice or rotis.

    1. The baking soda quantity in the original recipe gave me the jitters so had to skip it but other than that part, the cuisine is super healthy and concentrates only on subtle flavours plus chillies which is something I love for everyday eating. Thanks Mayuri.

  11. I believe this peas curry would have tasted so good with all that garlicky flavour and burst of spiciness from green chillies. Such a simply and healthy dish. Would definitely give it a try.

    1. Anu, thanks so much. As you said, simple and healthy absolutely.

  12. Curry from green peas is one of my favorite but I never made this version where fresh garlic chives are added. It must be adding so much flaovor to the curry. Healthy share

    1. The chives and garlic pods both add a lot of flavour. Thanks Renu.

  13. The garlic chives and those spicy green chilis in the ingredient pic makes me salivate Vidya ! Loved the simplicity of the dish , no typical gravy yet so filling !

    1. Absolutely Poonam. The chives made it so good.

  14. The curry looks very interesting and quite flavorful as well ! chives, garlic surely add an awesome flavor here. Simple yet lovely share

    1. Absolutely, thanks

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