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June 5, 2009

Aloo Matar




Whenever I think of aloo matar, I remember the Vanaspati advertisement which went like this:



आज मेरी बिटिया रानी क्या खायेगी? (What will my daughter eat today?)


आलू मटर और बहुत सारे मटर। (Potato-peas with loads of peas)




I can't remember if it was for Dalda or Rath, but I remember the rest of the advertisement very well. I don't make aloo matar that often. In fact this is the only time I made it. But it features very regularly on our lunch table as at least two of my lunchmates bring this at least once a week.


1/2 cup Potatoes, diced

1/2 cup Peas
1 Onion, chopped finely
1 Tomato, chopped finely
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Oil
Salt to taste



Heat the oil in a pressure pan. Add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the onions and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the ginger paste along with the turmeric, coriander and chilli powders. Add the salt and the tomato and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add half a cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the potatoes and peas and cook for 3 whistles. Open the pressure pan when the pressure is released and add the garam masala. Mix well, cook for 1-2 minutes and serve immediately. You could, of course, garnish it with chopped coriander.


This is perfect with chapattis. If you're in the mood for some deep frying, make poories. This would have to be the ideal monsoon breakfast number.

20 comments:

aquadaze said...

I make it exactly the same way, except that I don't pressure cook it. This is what I fall back on when I am running low on veggies.

Kalai said...

Delicious! Looks really yummy, Raaga. :)

Prathibha said...

This is the life saver when i run out of regular veggies..

Priti said...

I make the same way except use boiled potato..this seems to be quicker way..gud one...and ya I remember the ad now too :)

Lavi said...

Yesterday I prepared this Raaga..Your Recipe sound's Great will try next time.

luckysanjana said...

Aloo matar rocks anytime......Its one of my comfort foods and i make it pretty much the same way.............

DEESHA said...

i love aloo matar .. Its one of my favorites

Parita said...

aloo matar is very common in my home and make it exactly in similar way by pressure cooking it :)

Divya Vikram said...

That sounds great with those rotis!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

yes,sure this is an easy way to pressure cook,will try once,i have not made this before!

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Hari Chandana said...

woww ..my favvv.. looks very tempting..amazing clicks :)

Miri said...

Wasn't it "Dher saara matar" ;)

I have stopped making this since I cam to Delhi because thats all people carry in their lunch boxes it seems!!

Lisa said...

Definitely a classic. Especially wonderful with plump peas!

Aparna said...

This dish has saved me many times because of how easy its to make. And one usually has potatoes (and frozen peas) at home.
I cook the veggies in the MW and its even quicker to make. :)

Sanghi said...

Yummy veggie..!

pRiyA said...

i love aloo mattar. i am going to try out your recipe.
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SriLekha said...

hi! join in the EFM-Breakfast and Variety Rice Series going in my blog!

MeetaK said...

simple, easy and brings back memories of mum and nai! love this!

PJ said...

HI Arundhathi,Prepared this and another 4 dishes from ur blog for tried and tasted and we enjoyed the dishes!!!Thanks a lot for sharing...