Aloo Matar

“Aloo” is the hindi word for potato.  So popular is aloo gobi (Indian spiced potatoes with cauliflower) and aloo saag (with spinach) in the UK that the word “aloo” has recently been entered into the official Scrabble dictionary.  That tickles me.

Aloo matar is my favourite of the aloo dishes and this is how I make it.  It’s a cracker of a recipe, I must say.  🙂

Aloo Matar

(serves 4 as a side or 2 as a main)

1 large onion, thickly sliced

1 tblspn vegetable oil

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 tspn coriander

1 tspn cumin

1/4 tspn turmeric

1/4 tspn chilli powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

500g potatoes, cut roughly into 3cm bits

250g peas (frozen ones work a treat)

1 tblspn garam masala

Handful of fresh coriander

  • Fry the onion gently in the oil until golden brown.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.  Stir in the coriander, cumin, turmeric and chilli.  Cook for another minute.
  • Add the potatoes, salt and pepper to the pan along with 50ml water. Stir to coat the potatoes thoroughly.  Once the liquid is very gently simmering put a lid on the pan and let the potatoes steam gently in the spices for 10 mins.  Stir occasionally.
  • Add the peas to the pan and continue to steam under a lid until potatoes are soft.
  • Stir through the garam masala and serve sprinkled generously with coriander.

(Chicken recipe to come.  It’s a cracker too.)


15 thoughts on “Aloo Matar

  1. I’ve been looking for an aloo saag recipe recently if you’re up for the challenge!

    Until I find one I like the look of, I may just try making my aloo with peas. Cheers!

  2. This looks easy and delicious. I am going to have to try this one. I have all the ingredients today except the fresh cilantro. Maybe I will wait for the chicken recipe to go with it! I am not very familiar with Indian cuisine and usually just buy frozen entrees from the supermarket or use ready made sauces. I think I have an Indian recipe book somewhere in the house. Maybe I should be a little more creative. It would be a nice change from my usual fare.

    Hope you have a very relaxing summer. It’s been miserably hot here in eastern NC already. I enjoy revisiting your snow pictures when it sweltering here!

  3. That sounds delicious and not too complicated for a mid-week treat !
    With a hearty helping of strawberries and yoghurt for “afters” , I could rapidly sink into my usual evening torpor very happily .

  4. yum! One of my favourite dish, too! 🙂 I didn’t know aloo is a common world over there? Here in down under I didn’t really hear about it much. We just use “potato curry”. How unexotic? lol

  5. the fresh coriander on that top photo is gorgeous – but a shame I still can stand the taste – am getting to enjoy it when stewed so maybe I could just add it earlier in the process

  6. Hey hey

    Wendy, that looks delicious, but I’m going to wait until the chicken recipe!
    I’ve finally managed to catch up as we have had a busy few weeks here too.



  7. Soooooooooooo Yummy. Wish I wouldn’ve taken a picture of my husband’s plate portion before he devoured it! Now on my weekly rotation of dinner recipes. Thanks

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