Peas 'n' Potatoes

One of the first dishes I learned from my mother was Aaloo Mattar or Peas 'n' Potatoes. This delicious potato and pea gravy is a staple in South Asia. You will find this dish in most all Indian Restaurants and it can be eaten with Rice or bread. It is nutritious and easy to make.


1-2 tbsp canola or olive oil
1 large onions,finely chopped
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste(optional)
1 bay leaf
1 large potato, boiled, peeled and chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup tomato puree or 1 small tomato chopped(optional)
2 teaspoons garam masala or curry powder
1 teaspoons chilli powder or paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Heat the oil in a shallow pan or wok, over medium heat. Stir in the onions, ginger garlic paste, and bay leaf, and cook until the onions are tender. Mix in the potatoes and peas. Cover and cook until about 10 minutes till peas are tender (less if using tinned or frozen peas). Remove the bay leaf if you like. If using, now stir in tomato puree or chopped tomato, garam masala or curry powder, chilli powder or paprika, sugar, and salt into the vegetable mixture. Continue cooking, covered for about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

Authors note:
Try this dish with steamed white rice, roll it up in a wrap, or sandwich between two slices of toast. This vegan dish is really easy to make and very quick!

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