With the mangetout season upon us – here is a lovely simple dish to enjoy the abundance of mangetout in markets. Perfect as a side or lunch recipe, the mangetout and potato stir fry is quick and easy to put together. Mangetout is excellent for stir-fries as they stay crispy and fresh and don’t lose colour. As you can see, our latest batch was huge! And if they are not too expensive, pair them with new-season potatoes.
As with many of my recipes – you can adapt this with different flavours to fit your menu. Featured is my version using olive oil, but you could also use sesame oil and toss in toasted sesame seeds. In this case, you may want to add spring onions. Equally delicious is coconut oil, perhaps with coconut flakes and a few golden raisins. One of my favourite adaptations is toasted cashew nuts. If you want more sauce, add freshly chopped tomatoes to your stir-fry before cooking the potatoes. The spice balance is quite aromatic; optional added garlic and chilli for a spicier stir fry.
Mangetout or sugar snap pea, snow pea or sugar pea 😱, must be fresh, crisp and not stringy. They are a type of garden pea picked young, whereby the peas are not fully developed; hence they are sweet—top and tail by pinching both ends, removing any stringy side bits.
Especially good with seafood; try it as a side dish with Kerala Coconut Prawns.
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Mangetout and Potato Stir Fry
- 250 g mangetout (snow peas)
- 2 onions roughly chopped
- 2 potatoes, peeled, cut into cubes or new season potatoes halved
- 2 cm fresh ginger roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic optional
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- 2 tsp dry fenugreek leaves or ½ tsp dried fenugreek powder
- 1 banana chilli or 2 small green chillis use chilli flakes or grind dried chillis with the onion paste (optional)
- scant ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- pinch each of ground cardamom and cloves
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 50-75 ml cooking oil; coconut or olive oil See notes
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- fresh parsley or coriander and squeeze of lemon to serve
- In a mini-mill, make a paste with the onion, garlic and chilli (optional) and ginger.
- Pour some oil into a wok or large heavy-based pan. If you are using olive oil – you can add a couple of drops of sesame oil to give it flavour.
- Add mustard seeds and cook until they start to pop; add the cumin seeds and fry until lightly browned. Mix in the onion paste with the cinnamon, cardamom, fenugreek, coriander, turmeric and clove. Saute over moderate heat until the onions are soft. Add the potatoes, coating them in the paste and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle with water.
- As soon as the water evaporates, check if the potatoes are soft and then toss in the mangetout, a generous pinch of salt and a good grinding of black pepper. Cook until the mangetout is crisp but cooked.
- Delicious on its own or with a chicken or fish dish. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and some freshly chopped parsley or coriander.