hmm… aloo and matar. their combo is always good – whether you make a dry curry or gravied one or even when stuffing them in parathas, samosas or kulchas or kachori.
i make this dry potato peas curry – known as sukha aloo matar often. this recipe is a much loved and liked recipe of mine. best is to make this with baby potatoes and fresh peas….
by the way for my readers who do not know – in hindi, aloo is potatoes and matar is peas…
to make this tasty dry aloo matar curry, the spice powders are easily available in the indian kitchen.
this north indian no onion no garlic recipe is mildly spiced, a bit tangy and flavorful. dry aloo matar goes well with bread, phulkas or even pooris. also can be had as a side dish with dal tadka & jeera rice.
lets begin step by step recipe of dry aloo matar sabzi:
1: heat oil in a pan. splutter cumin seeds. now add chopped baby potatoes and peas (matar).
2: mix well.
3: saute for some 7-8 minutes. add chopped green chilies and ginger.
4: stir for a minute.
5: now add red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder….. stir for a minute.
6: add about 1/2 cup of water.
5: cover the pan tightly and let the aloos and matar simmer for about 20-25 minutes. in between do check and if the water dries up, then add some more water. once the veggies are cooked & the mixture is totally dry, then add salt, garam masala powder and dry mango powder.
6: stir and lastly add some chaat masala.
aloo matar recipe details below:
- 10-12 baby potatoes or 3 regular medium sized potatoes (aloos)
- 1.5 cup fresh or frozen peas (matar)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- ½ or 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp dry mango powder
- 1 tsp chaat masala powder
- ½ tsp garam masala powder
- 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped
- 1 inch ginger, chopped
- 2 to 3 tbsp oil
- rock salt or black salt or salt as required
- wash the baby potatoes thoroughly. keep their skin intact.
- chop them into two.
- rinse the peas as well.
- heat oil in a pan.
- fry the cumin seeds first.
- then add the potatoes and peas and stir.
- saute for 7-8 minutes.
- add chopped green chili & ginger and stir for a minute.
- now add red chili powder, cumin powder and coriander powder.
- stir again for a minute.
- now add ½ to ¾ cup water.
- cover tightly and simmer the veggies for 20-25 minutes or till done.
- in between do check. the water may dry depending on the size of your pan.
- if the water dries up, then add some more water… about ¼ or ½ cup.
- once the potatoes and peas are cooked and the mixture is totally dry,
- then finally add salt, dry mango powder and garam masala powder.
- mix well and the add chaat masala powder.
- garnish aloo matar with chopped coriander leaves.
- while serving aloo matar serve with lime wedges if you prefer.
you can also make this aloo matar sabzi in a pressure cooker. after adding water, cover the cooker with a lid and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles till done.
the proportion of the spice powders can be adjusted to suit your preferences.
if making for fasting than use rock salt/sendha namak.