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5 from 18 votes

Turmeric Root Curry with Green Peas

A belly-warming Turmeric Root Curry with Green Peas from the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan, with fennel and coriander powders and garam masala.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Turmeric Curry
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories: 238kcal


  • 6 2-inch pieces turmeric root (peeled and grated coarsely. Turmeric stains the skin temporarily, so use gloves while prepping if you want to avoid yellow hands and fingernails for a day or two)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 small moderately hot green chili pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 large tomato (pureed, or use ½ cup canned tomato puree)
  • 10 oz canned coconut milk
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan or a dutch oven.
  • Add the turmeric root and saute, over medium-low heat, for 10 minutes or until the turmeric starts to slightly brown.
  • Add the grated ginger, chili pepper if using and coriander leaves and saute another minute.
  • Add the green peas and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the powdered spices, including the fennel seed powder, the coriander powder, and the garam masala.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir well to mix. Let the mixture cook about two to three minutes or until it boils.
  • Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  • Add ½ to 1 cup water, according to how thick or thin you want your curry to be. I add less because I like the curry thick.
  • Bring the curry to a boil, then cover with a tight lid and cook the curry for 15 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • Turn the heat off and let it stand for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves before serving.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg