A little tidbit from my life. When I was younger, my mum had a gorgeous vegetable garden in our backyard. She still has it but I just don’t live at home anymore. Anyway, so along with onions, tomatoes and other veggies, she also used to grow peas. These were THE best peas ever! I used to be obsessed with them. So whenever they were ripe, I would creep into the backyard, open the pods without damaging them, eat all the peas, close them perfectly and sneak away. My parents could never tell I ate them until they tried to get some peas for whatever food they were making. I was such a ninja kid 🙂
I miss eating peas. So on our last shopping trip, I bought a GIANT family size bag of frozen peas. I don’t often buy peas whenever we go grocery shopping because the frozen ones are waay too sweet. They never seem to absorb the taste in whatever Indian dishes we try to make. Considering all this, it may seem strange that I bought peas and that too a family size bag. However, I decided to challenge fate and try once again to reunite with my friends, the peas.
Last weekend, we made Aloo Mattar which basically translates to Potatoes Peas. That’s all you need for this recipe too so the name suits it perfectly! I got the recipe for this dish from here. I made a few minor changes to the recipe and I must say, it turned out delicious!!
1 cup of peas
1 sliced tomato cut length-wise
2 chopped chilis
Spice Mix: Ginger powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder
1. In a bowl, add 1/2 cup water along with the chilis, 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder, 1 tsp of coriander powder, 1/2 tsp of ginger powder and 1 tsp of chili powder.
2. Heat some oil in a pan, adding some mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let it crackle for sometime.
3. Add the spice mix to the pan as well letting it all cook together until the raw smell of the spices leaves the mixture.
4. Add the green peas and about a cup of water to the pan. Let these cook until the peas start becoming tender while still retaining their shape.
5. Add the potatoes to this mixture, adding salt to taste. Mix the potatoes in and let it all cook together. Mashing the potatoes will help thicken the mixture.
6. As the potatoes start to absorb the taste, check to see if the taste of the dish it where you would like it to be. Add a teaspoon of garam masala to the mix.
7. Add a cup of water to the pan and cook on a lower heat. Add the tomatoes to the blend and let it all cook together until the tomatoes become soft and break down a bit.
And now you have Aloo Mattar!
We heated up some Chapati (frozen), ate it with our creation and it tasted AWESOME! I have definitely been won back by this and I foresee many pea dishes in my future 🙂
Hope you all have a great day! And I hope you all try this scrumptious, ridiculously easy dish.