Potato & Peas Curry with Gravy
Aloo Matar, Rasedar
This is one of the most popular vegetarian dish in North India, specially during the winter months, when fresh peas are in season. Proportion of potatoes and peas are approximate guide only. Serves 4.
Edited January 2018
300 gm. potatoes (2 cups)
200 gm. shelled peas (1 cup frozen)
For the curry sauce/gravy:
3 tbsp. oil or ghee
1 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
A large pinch of asafoetida powder (optional)
2 bay leaves (optional)
2 large, brown cardamoms (optional)
1-2 small cinnamon sticks (optional)
250 gm. or 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped or grated
1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and grated/crushed (optional)
2 medium or 150 gm. tomatoes, chopped or use 1 cup tinned tomatoes
1 level tsp. turmeric powder
2 level tsp. coriander powder
1/4 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
Salt to taste
Water, as required
1/2 tsp. Garam Masala
A handful of chopped coriander leaves.
Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds, asafoetida powder, bay leaves, cinnamon and cardamoms. When cumin seeds begin to splutter/ceackle, add onion, ginger and garlic. Stir fry until fat separates and onions are lightly browned.
Add tomatoes, turmeric, coriander powder, chilli powder, salt. Stir-fry until fat separates or the mass begins to come off the pan.
Add the potatoes, and peas if using fresh peas. Stir fry for a minute or two, until vegetables look well coated and shiny.
Add 2 cups of water (adjust amount of water to how thick you like the curry gravy/sauce). Bring to boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are cooked. Alternatively cook under full pressure for 2-3 minutes.
Cool and open pressure cooker.
Add peas here, if using frozen peas. Simmer briskly for 3-4 minutes.
Adjust seasoning and gravy thickness (add more water, if too thick).
Add garam masala and coriander leaves.
If you don't have tomatoes or don't like them, this dish can be made without the. In fact, in India tomatoes are quite expensive during summer months and this dish is very often made without tomatoes. At step 2, add spices, give a quick stir and add potatoes. Then continue as above.