Alu Matar-Potato and Peas Bhaji (Dry Curry)
Aloo Matar Ki Sookhi Sabji
Adding peas to potato bhaji gives it an extra dimension. It is easy and tasty, especially with parathas.
In northern India, it is made with a cumin 'tarka', but you can make it with black mustard seed and curry leaves tarka or even a Panch Pooran tarka. It can be made with or without onions. Garlic is usually not added here.
500 gm. new potatoes or large potatoes peeled and chopped into bite size pieces.
1 cup peas. I use frozen peas, but you can use fresh ones.
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 inch piece of ginger
1 onion peeled and sliced (optional)
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. of coriander powder
1/2 tsp. of chilli powder (according to taste)
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. amchoor or dry mango powder or 1 tsp. lemon juice
A bunch of coriander leaves (optional), chopped finely
Peel and chop potatoes into small, bite size pieces.
Peel and grate or finely chop ginger.
Heat oil in a karahi or wok.
Add cumin seeds, allow them seeds crackle/splutter.
Add ginger, and chopped onion, if used. Fry until onion is medium brown.
Add potatoes and peas, if using raw peas.
Add all ground spices. Give a quick stir to coat vegetables.
Cook covered on low heat, until potatoes are nearly cooked.
You may need to add a sprinkle of water, but if you keep the heat low, it is usually not required.
If using frozen peas, add now and stir them in. Let them cook on low hear for 5 minutes or so.
Adjust seasoning, add amchoor powder or lemon juice and coriander leaves.