Matar ka nimona recipe

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Matar ka nimona recipe with step by step photos – easy to prepare delicious UP style matar ka nimona recipe. A vegan recipe.

matar ka nimona garnished with coriander leaves and served in a ceramic bowl wit text layovers.

This is a gravy like dish prepared with fresh green peas, onions, tomatoes and spices. I have also added potatoes but they are optional.

Matar ka nimona is a popular recipe that is prepared in most households in Uttar Pradesh. Every year during winters I prepare various recipes with matar and this matar ka nimona is one of them. Yes now we are in hot summers and I am sharing this recipe which has been in the drafts for too long.

It is usually prepared in winters as that time fresh peas are harvested. Matar ka nimona tastes best with fresh green peas. Though you can use frozen green peas if you cannot get fresh green peas.

Some more delicious Matar recipes that you can make are:

Recipe is very easy and uses the regular Indian spices and herbs. This matar ka nimona recipe gives you one of the tastiest nimona and can be relished with chapatis, bread or rice or pooris.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make matar ka nimona

1. In a grinder or blender jar, take the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 green chilies (chopped)
onions ginger garlic in a blender jar

2. Blend to a semi fine or smooth paste without adding any water. Remove the onion paste and keep it aside.

prepared onion garlic paste

3. In the same grinder jar, add 1 cup matar (green peas).

green peas added to jar

4. Grind to a coarse paste. Do not add any water while grinding. Keep aside.

peas paste

5. Take 2 tablespoons of mustard oil in a pan and heat till it begins to smoke. Use a well seasoned pan or kadai.

mustard oil added to pan

6. Lower the heat and add ¾ cup of chopped potato cubes.

potato cubes added to pan

7. Begin to saute the potatoes on a low to medium heat. Stir at intervals.

sauteing potato cubes

8. Saute till the potatoes are golden. Remove them on kitchen paper towels. Keep aside.

sauteed potato cubes

9. In the same pan, add 1 tej patta (Indian bay leaf), 3 cloves and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. Let the spices crackle and splutter.

spices and tej patta added to pan

10. Now add the ground onion paste.

ground onion paste added to pan

11. Mix well and begin to saute stirring often.

onion paste mixed with spices

12. Saute till you see oil releasing from the sides and the paste becomes lumpy and starts gathering around itself.

sauteeing onion paste

13. Now add ⅓ cup of finely chopped tomatoes.

chopped tomatoes added to mixture in the pan

14. Mix well and begin to saute the tomatoes.

sauteing tomatoes

15. Saute till the tomatoes soften and become mushy.

sauteing tomatoes

16. Then add the following ground spices:

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
ground spices added

17. Stir and mix the spice powders very well with the onion-tomato mixture.

spices mixed with onion tomato mixture

18. Now add the coarsely ground fresh peas.

ground green peas added

19. Mix the green peas with the rest of the onion-tomato masala.

Mixing the green peas with the rest of the onion-tomato masala.

20. Stirring often saute for 2 minutes.

sauteing matar ka nimona mixture in pan

21. Then add 3 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves. Stir and mix again.

coriander leaves added

22. Add 1.5 to 2 cups water. You can add less or more water as required.

water added to matar ka nimona mixture

23. Season with salt as required.

salt added

24. Stir and mix very well.

salt mixed with curry

25. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer till the green peas are cooked. This takes about 10 to 11 minutes on a low to medium heat.

simmering matar ka nimona curry with lid kept on pan

26. In between do check and stir. If the water looks less, you can add some more water. If planning to serve matar ka nimona with chapatis, you can add less water. If planning to serve it with rice, you can add slightly more water.

checking matar ka nimona curry

27. Once the gravy is done, you will see oil floating on top and the peas will be cooked.

prepared matar ka nimona in the pan

28. Now add the fried potatoes and ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder.

fried potato cubes and garam masala powder added

29. Mix very well and cook for a minute.

mixing matar ka nimona curry again

30. Lastly add 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves.

coriander leaves added

31. Stir and mix well.

mixing matar ka nimona again

32. Serve matar ka nimona hot or warm with rotis, pooris or steamed rice or plain paratha. You can garnish with some coriander leaves while serving. Some lemon wedges can also be served with matar ka nimona.

matar ka nimona served in a bowl

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matar ka nimona recipe

Matar ka Nimona

An easy to prepare UP style matar ka nimona recipe. Its a popular recipe which is prepared in most households in Uttar Pradesh.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine North Indian, Uttar Pradesh
Course Main Course
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

to be ground

  • 1 medium onion – chopped, 75 grams or ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ teaspoon chopped ginger or ½ inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 green chilies – chopped
  • 1 cup green peas – 150 grams

other ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1 medium potato or 100 grams or ¾ cup chopped potato cubes
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 3 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped or 5 grams or ⅓ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water or add as required
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Instructions
 

preparing onion paste

  • In a grinder or blender jar, take ½ cup chopped onions, ½ teaspoon chopped ginger , 1 teaspoon chopped garlic and 2 green chilies (chopped).
  • Blend to a semi fine or smooth paste without adding any water. Remove the onion paste and keep aside.
  • In the same grinder jar, add 1 cup matar (green peas). Grind to a coarse paste. Do not add any water while grinding. Keep aside.

sautéing potatoes

  • Take 2 tablespoons mustard oil in a pan and heat till it begins to smoke. Lower the flame and add ¾ cup chopped potato cubes.
  • Begin to saute the potatoes on a low to medium flame. Saute till the potatoes are golden. Remove on kitchen paper towels. Keep aside.

making matar ka nimona

  • In the same pan, add 1 tej patta, 3 cloves and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. Let the spices crackle and splutter.
  • Now add the ground onion paste. Mix well and begin to saute stirring often.
  • Saute till you see oil releasing from the sides and the paste becomes lumpy and starts gathering around itself.
  • Now add ⅓ cup finely chopped tomatoes. Mix well and begin to saute the tomatoes.
  • Saute till the tomatoes soften and become mushy.
  • Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and a pinch of asafoetida (hing).
  • Mix the spice powders very well with the onion-tomato mixture.
  • Now add the coarsely ground fresh peas.
  • Mix the peas with the rest of the onion-tomato masala. Stirring often saute for 2 minutes.
  • Then add 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.
  • Add 1.5 to 2 cups water. You can add less or more water as required.
  • Season with salt. Mix very well.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and simmer till the green peas are cooked. This takes about 10 to 11 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  • In between do check and stir. If the water looks less, you can add some more water. 
  • If planning to serve matar ka nimona with chapatis, you can add less water. If planning to serve with rice, you can add slightly more water.
  • Once the gravy is done, you will see oil floating on top and the matar will be cooked.
  • Now add the fried potatoes and ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder. Mix very well and cook for a minute.
  • Lastly add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
  • Serve matar nimona hot with rotis, pooris or steamed rice. 
  • While serving you can garnish with some coriander leaves. Some lemon wedges can also be served with matar ka nimona. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Matar ka Nimona
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 405mg12%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 497IU10%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 13µg12%
Calcium 34mg3%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 40µg10%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 32mg8%
Phosphorus 85mg9%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Matar ka Nimona recipe post from the archives first published in March 2017 has been republished and updated on November 2022.

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13 Comments

  1. My first time hearing about this recipe, and tried it. Came out super. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

    1. Welcome and thanks for letting me know. Thanks for the rating too on the recipe.

  2. This turned out to be an awesome recipe at home. Thanks a bunch for the recipe.

    1. after a long time harsimrat. hope you are doing good.
      nimona is the name of the dish ????

  3. Superb recipe! I just love to eat all Matar recipes with add spicy masala. Thanks for sharing such spicy recipe 🙂5 stars

  4. Thanks for the awesome recipe’s….I literally wait for your post each day….please post some jackfruit recipes… thank you….take care..5 stars