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ALOO MATAR

Ingredients

4 medium potatoes (aloo), peeled
¼ cup green peas (matar)
2½ tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1-2 cloves
1 green cardamom
½ inch cinnamon
3-4 black peppercorns
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 large tomato, chopped
Fresh cream for drizzling

Method

1. Cut potatoes into ½ inch pieces.
2. Heat 1½ tablespoons oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and when it changes colour, add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and sauté.
3. Add potato pieces and salt and mix. Add 1½ cups water, cover and cook till potatoes are done.
4. Heat remaining oil in another non-stick pan. Add cloves, green cardamoms, cinnamon, remaining cumin seeds and black peppercorns and onion and sauté till onion turns light golden brown.
5. Add ginger-garlic paste, remaining turmeric powder and chilli powder to sautéed onion and sauté for 1 minute.
6. Add tomato and salt, sauté till soft and pulpy. Add ¼ cup water, mix, cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Switch off heat and cool.
7. Grind the cooked onion-tomato mixture into a smooth paste.
8. Heat the cooked potatoes again. Add the onion-tomato paste and ¼ cup water and mix. Add green peas and salt, mix and cook for 2-3 minutes or till the mixture boils.
9. Put the potato mixture in a serving bowl, drizzle some cream on top and serve hot.

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