In a large stockpot, cook dried peas until fully cooked. Let cool and blend in a blender until it forms a puree like texture. Strain puree and set aside. Form a paste with garlic, chives, scallion, parsley and thyme by using either a mortar and pestle or a food processor with a little bit of oil. Heat oil and add spices paste. Cook for half a minute while turning and do not burn. Add frozen peas and onion or shallots if using. Stir mixture to combine and add peas puree. Add cloves, salt and sugar and cook uncovered for about 30 minutes on low heat until the puree has thickens. Add butter at the end before serving with white rice.