Peas and Potato Curry

Recipe by fatma of Dar-es-salaam, TZ

It is a very simple recipe for beginners.........

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 2 cup shelled peas.
    • 1 big potato.(cubed)
    • 2 tomatoes(peeled and chopped finely).
    • 1 tsp turmeric powder.
    • 2 tsps tomato paste(optional).
    • salt.
    • 2 tbsps oil.
    • 2 tsps ginger chilly paste.
    • 2 tsps green or red  chilly paste.
    • coriander leaves for garnishing. 
    • 1 tsp rye and 2 tsps jeera.


    1. Heat oil in a pan, add rye and jeera,when they splutter add fresh tomatoes,ginger chilly paste,and turmeric.
    2. Lower heat and saute for 3 mins.
    3. Wash peas and potatoes,add them to tomatoes, add salt,mix it.
    4. Cover and cook on low heat till vegetables done.
    5. Add chilly paste and tomato puree.mix.
    6. Increase heat and cook for 1min.Add little water if very dry.
    7. Garnish with corriander leaves.
    8. Serve with rotis.




    Hi Eddie. This is not ZANZIBAR MIX...This is Peas curry.Zanzibar mix is yellow in colour ,with small potato pieces, fried cassava strings, and small dal dumplings( bhajias). It tastes better with coconut chutney ,and red chilly chutney..Some add roasted peanuts in it while serving..It is slightly thick .No doubt Zanzibar mix is yummy anytime!!


    I had a soup in Dar a few years back that I've been craving....and this MIGHT be it! The soup I had was thick and green....maybe had potato strings on top and was a little salty....that's really all I remember. It was a street vendor in the area near the main post office and the ferry. Any ideas what I ate? The man said it was 'Zanzibar Mix' and peas were all I remember him saying were in it.......which is strange, because I'm not a huge fan of peas....but that bowl of soup was delicious! Any help would be appreciated.