A delicious and easy side dish using frozen peas and spices. Indian Spiced Peas take about 10 minutes that have so much flavor. They are healthy, vegan and taste like a delicious curry.

A bowl of peas and vegetables with dal, curry and naan bread

There’s no easier (or healthier) way to add a lot of flavor to dishes than the use of spices for a very flavorful side dish.

I actually make my own Indian spice blend to have on hand to add to vegetable for roasting like my Indian spiced acorn squash.

A plate with piles of different color spices with a plate of grilled chicken and peas in the background

Frozen peas are so versatile because you can prepare them all year round. I like to take them to the next level by adding healthy ingredients, spices and herbs.  This is a great way to change up your usual vegetable dish and stay on track with healthy eating.

You could also add any frozen vegetables you like to these peas like, carrots or corn. I like to add red pepper.

Chicken tikka masala, peas and vegetables, dal, naan bread and rice

These peas were part of a  full Indian meal of Chicken Tikka Masala, Indian Dal and Easy Homemade Naan Bread. See picture above.

The next time spring comes around, take advantage of the fresh, seasonal peas and make this dish.

If you’ve tried these Indian Spiced Peas or any other recipe on the blog then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how it turned out in  the comments below. I love to hear from my readers!

Yield: 4

Indian Spiced Peas

Green peas with red pepper strips and

Indian spiced peas are mixed with onions and red bell peppers and Indian spices.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup (100 grams) yellow onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (75 grams) red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 12 ounces (340 grams) frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint


  1. To a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and pepper and cook until softened, about 8 minutes.
  3. Turn down the heat to low. Add the cumin, turmeric, coriander and garam masala. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the water and stir well. Stir in the peas. Serve warm, garnished with mint.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 145Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 330mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 5gSugar 5gProtein 5g