Aloo mattar is my favorite Indian dish. It’s peas and potatoes in a tomato based curry sauce. I’ve tried for years to make it and have finally had success! This time I used potatoes and garbanzo beans (aloo chana), because I was out of peas.
3 large tomatoes
1 small onion
4 sundries tomatoes
Turmeric, fresh or powder
Cumin seeds or powder
Curry powder, I only use a small amount of curry and a lot of the other seasonings, just to give it a little extra flavor (I’m not a fan of spicy foods, if you are add more curry or cayenne)
Blend all sauce ingredients until smooth, it will be thick.
Boiled potatoes, chopped
1 cup Cooked garbanzo beans (or peas, okra, eggplant or other vegetable).
In a large sauce pan heat all the ingredients, add water if needed-if it gets too thick. Serve hot over Indian rice, salad, or with a pita – have yet to find a naan (Indian bread) that is oil free, but pita breads almost always are.
Brown or white rice
3 cardamom pods
Cool as you normally would your rice with these added ingredients.
Note: I normally do not provide measurements as I don’t measure ingredients. Each of us has our own taste and my recipes are meant to be a guideline to help you discover what works for you. For instance in this recipe I use a very small amount of curry and a lot of turmeric, that is how I like it. I prefer for my food to be full of flavor but not heat. You may love heat, and may not care for so much turmeric. I find when following a recipe I have to feel for myself what the amounts should be and use a recipe as a very loose guideline.
happy food discovery to you!