February 13, 2013

Aloo Matar | Spiced Potatoes & Green Peas Curry

Aloo Matar is one of my favorite 'Under 30 Mins' recipe. I always have potatoes in the pantry, they are so handy, aren't they? And,  I make sure that my freezer is stocked with frozen peas so that I can quickly turn it into a soup, add it to salads or other Indian Curries.

Now that Fresh Peas are in season, I buy them by kilos, shell them & freeze them in ziplock covers & use it whenever needed. It works out much cheaper that store bought Frozen Peas.

Aloo Matar

You Will Need:

  • 3 large potatoes - scrubbed clean, peeled ,cut into medium sized chunks & immersed in cold water until used
  • 3/4th cup green peas - fresh/frozen
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 150 ml Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies - chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Fresh coriander for garnish

How To:

In a large pot, bring salted water to boil. Add potatoes, cover & cook for about 6 mins until the potatoes are about 90% done. Drain & set aside
 
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil. Add onions, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste & saute until the onions turn pink. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder & turmeric powder. Saute for another couple of mins.
Add tomato puree, half a cup of water & some salt. Add potato cubes & fresh green peas. Simmer for about 8 mins. The potatoes should be completely cooked yet firm.
 
Now add Garam Masala & simmer for a couple of minutes.If the gravy is too dry, add some more water or even milk. Check for salt & Turn off the stove. Garnish with fresh coriander & serve warm with Phulkas or Jeera Rice
 
NOTE:
 
If using frozen peas. You can add them after the potatoes are done & cook for a couple of minutes. Frozen peas tend to cook faster.
 
You can also add a tbsp of cream right at the end. This is what most restaurants do, to give it that rich taste. I mostly avoid this, unless Iam having guests over for a meal