Aloo Matar

"This is a recipe for Aloo Matar that I got off the internet. I went for my first Indian food experience, and happened to order Aloo Matar even though I had no idea what it was. It was fantastic! So I went searching right away for a recipe that I could use at home. Who knew it was so easy and inexpensive!!"
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  • Heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add cumin seed and bay leaves.
  • When seeds begin to splutter, add onion, garlic, and ginger paste and saute until oil separates.
  • Add half the tomato sauce, tumeric, garam masala, red pepper, and corriander powder.
  • Stir fry until the oil separates.
  • Add peas, potatoes, and green chilis and the rest of the tomato sauce and heat through.
  • Take out the bay leaves.
  • I like to serve this over jasmine rice with pita bread or naan. You can also add plain yogurt to taste if you desire a creamier dish.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. I decided to make this because of a tickle I had for Aloo Matar a year ago, that blew my mind in an Indian restaurant. This recipe was very helpful and very easy.. Indian food is fun to make. I added a little extra corriander powder and Man what a hit. Im so happy about it.
  2. Not really what I had expected. Made it as stated and found it a bit bland. I am pleased I tried it though. Thanks for posting.
  3. Very tasty and easy to make. Added an extra potato as suggested by the last reviewer. DON'T FORGET TO ADD SALT TO TASTE. Thx for sharing!
  4. This was yummy. I made it per the recipe but then added another potato because the sauce could handle it. Definite addition to my keeper pile
  5. I decided to try my hand at it after having this dish at an indian restaurant recently. The only thing I changed was I did add a bit of yogurt at the end. It was very good, with a good deal of spice, which I like very much. Thank you


  1. I made a version of this which turned out fairly good. My modifications were I steamed ~1 cup of diced carrots with the cubed potatoes instead of boiling; omitted the chilies; doubled the quantity of garlic and ginger and simply used fresh minced and grated, respectively; used 4 bay leaves, 3/4 tsp. turmeric, and 1 tsp. garam masala; I also doubled the quantity of ground red pepper listed here to 1 tsp., but that found that to be a bit too kicky, and would recommend using 1/4 - 1/2 tsp.
  2. I served this last night and my grandson ate 3 servings! His dad finished the rest when he came to pick him up. Very tasty and easy. My only changes were I used regular veg. oil instead of olive oil -- and used considerably less too. I didn't add the bay leaves and I used a diced/seeded hot pepper instead of ground red pepper. I served this over Basmati rice.


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