February 17, 2009

Gobhi Matar

Do you get excited when you see the price of peas go down? You check one day and it is Rs. 20 a kilo, you check the next day and it is Rs. 10 a kilo. Has that put you in some sort of frenzy? I used to be like that. Today, I get excited when I see the prices come crashing down, but I also figure that I am too lazy to shell peas. An entire kilo of peas yields just about enough for one dish. And I must have mindless senseless TV running in order for me to process this stuff. So, given all this, isn’t frozen better? It appeals so nicely to lazy old me.

But the Safal guys in our complex seem to think otherwise. So, in order to give me the middle path, they sit all day and shell peas. By the time I get home, I can pick a nice bag of fresh green peas. No hassle, no mess, no wastage of time. Given that cauliflower is also a zero fuss vegetable (and that I love the combination of peas and cauliflower), I paired these two one morning in this dish. It tasted great with chapattis.

1 cup Cauliflower florets
1 cup Green Peas
1 Onion
1 Green Chilli
1” piece Ginger
2 pods Garlic
2-3 tbsp Tomato Puree
¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
½ tsp Chilli Powder
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 tsp Oil
Salt to taste

Steam the cauliflower and the peas. Grind the onion, chilli, ginger and garlic to a fine paste.

Heat oil in a kadhai. Add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the ground paste and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the salt, chilli and turmeric powders and fry for a minute. Add the tomato puree and fry until the oil separates from the mixture. Add ¾ cup of water along with the cauliflower and peas. Bring the mixture to a boil. Garnish with some chopped coriander if you like.

This goes to Mythreyee of Paajaka as she hosts this month's edition of JFI: Cauliflower and to Aparna as she hosts this month's FIC: Orange.


Finla said...

I love this dish, it was one of my favourite when i was at home.

Asha said...

Slurp!! How many Gobis did you buy? :D

Looks fabulous. I have to try this as soon as I get fresh Gobi, bookmarked!

Poonam said...

looks yum!!! Here we rarely get fresh peas...most of the time I use frozen. Will try this for sure!!!

Bong Mom said...

Isn't Safal the frozen brand ? they peel fresh for you too ? That must be nice

Cham said...

Did u get the fresh packed! Here we get all veggie like okra, beans, cut and packed not frozen. But the price is double evn triple, wonder the peas is little pricey too. Oh who says no to this ever winning combo! Yum.

Uj said...

Love the peas and cauliflower combo.. I am gong t try this soon with frozen green peas :)

sriharivatsan said...

Hey, i too prepared this gobi mattar last week, yet to post it in blog..the same way only i prepared...Urs looks yummy

Sanghi said...

Mmm... delicious gobi mattar! I do not get fresh peas here, will use the frozen one only, these are too sweet. I like the fresh ones than these.. :)

Rico said...

Truly home made food just so appetising and how I like to see. well done thx for sharing :)

Deepthi Shankar said...

i havent tasted gobi matar .. need to try this sometime

Namrata Kini said...

Gobi Matar is a wonderful combination Raaga. Curry looks great.

Aparna said...

My daughter will tell you how good this combination is.:)
I make these two veggies in a dry version, about every 10 days or so, because it is one of her favourites.
Thanks for sending it to FIC Orange.

skotian7 said...

I like Gobi-Mattar,but also like Gobi-Aaloo(with Mattar,sometimes)
ALthough Grinding things to a paste--may add to the flavour,Its an extra overhead time,I spend in grinding and then cleaning the blender parts..
Instead,I chopp onions and tamatoes,finely and it taste's just the same.
I also buy lots of Corrainder leaves,Specially when they're cheap(I clean and bag them in bunches,so when i am ready to use,its just take out and chop)
I like my Gobi-Alloo,Gobi-Mattar with some fresh Yogurt(Dahi)..MmmmmYUm!!

Andrea M. said...

Hey... great recipe...
how long does it normally take you for oil to separate from the mix? I see it all the time in recipes but my oil never seems to separate. Maybe because I don't use very much. Let me know if you can help! Thanks much, from another singing HR professional who would like to think she can cook :)