aloo matar recipe, how to make sookha aloo matar | dry aloo matar

by dassana amit updated January 25, 2014

aloo matar, dry aloo matar recipe

dry aloo matar recipe - aloo and matar. their combo is always good – whether you make a dry curry or gravied aloo matar 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… :-)

aloo matar sabzi

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.

dry aloo matar: dry aloo matar recipe

lets begin step by step sookha or dry aloo matar recipe:

1: heat oil in a pan. splutter cumin seeds. now add chopped baby potatoes and peas (matar).

dry aloo matar

2: mix well.

dry aloo matar recipe

3: saute for some 7-8 minutes. add chopped green chilies and ginger.

saute aloo matar

4: stir for a minute.

stir the aloo matar recipe

5: now add red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder….. stir for a minute.

add spices to dry aloo matar recipe

6: add about 1/2 cup of water.

adding water to aloo matar

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.

let the aloo matar simmer

6: stir and lastly add some chaat masala.

add masala to dry aloo matar

7:  garnish aloo matar recipe with coriander leaves and serve aloo matar hot or warm with phulkas, pooris or even bread.

dry aloo matar or sookha aloo matar

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check potato peas curryaloo gobi, aloo baingan, aloo moongre ki sabzi. aloo gobi matar and gajar matar.

dry aloo matar curry recipe below:

dry aloo matar recipe
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dry aloo matar – tangy, mildly spiced dry sabzi of baby potatoes with green peas
Recipe type: side, main
Cuisine: north indian
  • 10-12 baby potatoes or 3 regular medium sized potatoes (aloo)
  • 1.5 cup fresh or frozen peas (matar)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • ½ or 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania
  • 1 tsp cumin powder/jeera powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/amchur
  • 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
  1. wash the baby potatoes thoroughly. keep their skin intact. chop them into two. rinse the peas as well.
  2. heat oil in a pan. fry the cumin seeds first. then add the potatoes and peas and stir. saute for 7-8 minutes.
  3. add chopped green chili & ginger and stir for a minute.
  4. now add red chili powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. stir again for a minute. now add ½ to ¾ cup water.
  5. cover tightly and simmer the veggies for 20-25 minutes or till done.
  6. in between do check. the water may dry depending on the size of your pan.
  7. if the water dries up, then add some more water… about ¼ or ½ cup.
  8. once the potatoes and peas are cooked and the mixture is totally dry,
  9. then finally add salt, dry mango powder and garam masala powder.
  10. mix well and the add chaat masala powder.
  11. garnish aloo matar with chopped coriander leaves.
  12. while serving aloo matar serve with lime wedges if you prefer.
tips for aloo matar recipe:
1. 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.
2. the proportion of the spice powders can be adjusted to suit your preferences.
3. if making this aloo matar sabzi for religious fasting or vrat than use rock salt/sendha namak and avoid adding any ingredient which you don’t use for fasting days in your family.
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Serving size: 3-4

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seema April 1, 2014 1

Mouth watering pics and recipes. will try them . Thanks


dassana amit April 1, 2014 2

welcome seema


Ann December 17, 2013 3

Thank you so much for your recipes. For someone learning to cook from scratch your website is a gift handed down from heaven!


dassana amit December 18, 2013 4

thanks a lot anu for your beautiful comment.


anita May 25, 2013 5

nice recipes


dassana May 25, 2013 6



Smita Verma December 23, 2012 7

Hello Dassana,

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I am not a very good cook, but i think after seeing your website i can be one :)

Thank you so much for creating this website.



dassana December 24, 2012 8

thanks smita for your genuine comments. of course you can be a good cook. cooking is easy and not difficult. do try the recipes as most of them are easy and not difficult.


ayesha September 22, 2012 9

any reason behind adding salt at the very end? wudnt it be be better to add it in the very beginning so that the potatoes absorb the salt and dont remail bland from inside?


dassana September 24, 2012 10

in this recipe there is no reason for adding salt at the end. you can add it in the beginning too :-)


Maria September 5, 2012 11

So simple yet flavorful my mouth is watering Dasaana :)


Sanjeeta KK September 4, 2012 12

One of my favorite…only regret is I don’t get to cook it quite often…the quality of peas is not good here. Miss my city.


swati September 3, 2012 13 the pictorial tutorial, great clicks! the recipe is so easy and looks like a sure success in taste… bookmarking this page!


Asmita September 3, 2012 14

This aloo ka sabzi looks amazing. Would love to eat it with some hot dal-chawal. Simple ingredients but packed with flavor!


Jay September 2, 2012 15

looks divine..excellent presentation..
Tasty Appetite


chinmayie @ love food eat September 2, 2012 16

My mouth is watering…


Kalyan September 2, 2012 17

looks so healthy & delicious…mouthwatering!


Laura September 2, 2012 18

Aloo Mattar (which in American restaurants is always a north Indian dish with a creamy tomato sauce) is the dish that caused me to fall in love with Indian food. Since then I have made every combination of aloo and mattar possible. I LOVE potatoes and peas with Indian spices. I’m pinning this one!


dassana September 2, 2012 19

thanks laura.


shama nags September 2, 2012 20

delicious…super tempting


Natalie September 2, 2012 21

Mmmm such a gorgeously simple recipe! Sometimes simple is best and I love peas & potatoes together, can’t wait to give this a go!


Sia | Monsoon Spice September 1, 2012 22

One of my fav! I like the way u have kept the skin on as i really love the rustic n earthy taste of potatoes with its skin :)


suhani September 1, 2012 23

aloo matar is ma favorite combo..and the name of samosas has made me drool right away..


Ansh September 1, 2012 24

Love the baby potatoes with peel on. Looks very delicious :)


familycook September 1, 2012 25

This is simply Yummy! I leave the skin of the potatoes on too.


Anamika @ madcookingfusions September 1, 2012 26

my fav too, I cook this dish almost the same way but I peel off the skin from the potatoes and dont add ginger and chillies just the masalas and lots of chopped coriander. Your dish looks simply delicious :)!


Shri September 1, 2012 27

Dassana, my favourite! I love the light in these pictures.


Moumita Sinha mukherjee September 3, 2012 28

wow! definitely i’ll try this..


Renuka September 4, 2012 29

wonderfully put receipe Dassana and the picture is so gorgeous and tempting…..
sometimes even i try this receipe but the only flaw remains is matar remains slight uncooked exactly if i explain cheeda is the right word in hindi….i will try it by ur method this time….one question…why u have added salt in end normally we add it in beginning as it is assumed that salt helps in fast cooking of veggies……i add garam masala sometimes in end and sometimes in between…..
i made matar kulcha this weekend….turned out good…but will wait for ur version………..


dassana September 4, 2012 30

thanks renuka. there is no particular reason for adding salt in this recipe later. you can even add it in between.

when i make veggies which are only cooked in oil and no water is added like veggie stir fries etc, then i add salt in the end. it keeps the veggies crisp and they don’t become soft. for veggie dishes where we add water or steam them, i add salt in between or in the end. it does not make much difference.

even i add garam masala sometimes in between and sometimes in the end. but for most of the punjabi food i make at home, i add garam masala powder at the end.