Increasingly I am eating more and more vegetarian dishes (and fish) throughout the week. Has anyone else found that their meat/veg ratio has changed quite a lot in the last couple of years? I do still eat meat, but certainly not every day. I find it immensely helpful to have a number of go-to vegetarian recipes up my sleeve, so thought I would share this one with you. It’s a good one for the whole family as it is spiced but not spicy. Invariably I always have potatoes, tomatoes and frozen peas in my house, so this recipes is an easy one to whip together at a moments notice. It’s very similar to a dish that I started cooking way back at university, and in many respects laid the foundation stones for my future Indian cooking exploits.
I know that potatoes seem not to be so in vogue as they once were, like bread, but I still love to eat both potatoes and bread – especially sourdough – in many different guises. Do you have a potato recipe they you always fall back on time and time again? Do let me and my readers know in the comments section below.
Also if you cook this dish please share it on instagram and tag me @chilliandmint so that I can see.
Aloo Matar (Potato and Pea curry)
3 tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ chilli powder
1 tsp salt
3 medium/large potatoes, chopped into 1.5inch pieces (approx)
½ tsp garam masala
2 tbsp kasoori methi (dried fenugreek)
1 tbsp fresh coriander
- Place the tomatoes and ginger in a hand blender and blend to a smooth puree. Place to one side.
- Heat some oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds, they will begin to sizzle almost immediately. After 15 seconds add the red onion.
- Gently saute for 5 minutes before adding the coriander, turmeric and chilli powders.
- After a minute, add the tomato and ginger puree followed by the potatoes and cover with the water.
- Place a lid on the pan and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato has softened.
- Add the peas after 8 minutes.
- Just before serving scatter the kasoori methi and garam masala and fold into the potatoes.
- Serve with a sprinkling of fresh coriander.