Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Aloo matar, aur bohot saare matar....

This is from an ad that used to screen when I was young (that was ages ago...)
I think it was an ad for some refined oil - the mother asks the little girl what she wants to eat and she says "Aloo matar, aur bohot saare matar, aur garam garam puriyan..."
I loved this line and everytime Ma made aloo matar I would say this line - I used to do silly things like that !!

A few years back, we were invited for lunch at one of S's colleague's place. They are Marwaris (who did not eat onions and garlic) and there was this huge spread with puris, aloo matar (I was so tempted to say that line, but had to stop myself), kadai paneer, gatte ki sabji, shrikhand, malpuas, rotis, dal, peas pulav, cant remember the rest.

I had never tasted aloo matar made this way. Mine was always the Punjabi Aloo Matar, dry one with onions and masalas. I took down the recipe from the lady there and have made it many times after that. Here's what it looks like...

What you need -

4 potatoes
2 cup shelled fresh / frozen green peas
1 tomato
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp kalonji
1 tsp oil
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

What you do with it -

Peel and chop the potatoes into bite size pieces
Chop the tomato into tiny pieces
Heat oil in a pressure pan (the flat version of a cooker) or a deep pan
Add the asafoetida and cumin seeds and kalonji when the oil is hot
Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt
Add potatoes and peas and stir in with the oil and masalas
If using a pressure pan, add 1 cup of water and the chopped tomato and cook for one whistle and turn off
If using a pan, add 1.5 cups of water, cover and allow it to cook till the potatoes and peas are cooked. Stir in between and add water if required
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot
Goes really well with puris / rotis / parathas


Asha said...

I add a bit of coriander seeds powder too, love it. Looks delicious Arch, simple and tasty to serve! :)

SJ said...

I never make this without onions! I am tempted to try these as I have everything on hand- garam garam pooriyan yummmm

Vani said...

that line does sound familiar, arch! Don't rememebr it well though. i made a garlic/onion less chhole once and was surprised that it still tasted so good. aloo matar looks good

Cham said...

Without onion, this one sounds good for rotis and rice!

A_and_N said...

No onion? :) That is awesome when one needs a change!

A_and_N said...

No onion? :) That is awesome when one needs a change!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

This sounds so easy. Have to try it... Thanks for sharing!

Suparna said...

Hi Arch,
ur blog looks cool :)hmmm..this recipe will be put to use when I deep dive into my pooja fast breaking days :) Thanks dear.

Varsha Vipins said...

Yumyyyyy n I loved the title..:P..this has my 2 fav things in one pot..peas n aloo..:)

anudivya said...

Looks clean and simple. I like to take a break from onions once in a while too... we used it in almost all Indian dishes, and gets boring sometimes.

Deepa said...

Aloo matar and bahut saare matar was my fav line tooo.. :))
This one I have to try right away... u know my love for aloo's na..


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