Sorry I haven’t posted in so long, I’ve just been lazy. But I am going to make up for it with a totally awesome meal. The other day I couldn’t decide what I want to make for dinner, so I asked my boyfriend. He usually says “I don’t know”, but this time he actually had a request! He wanted this gravy peas and potato dish his mom used to make. After some research on the internet, I found what he was talking about. This recipe is based on the one from Manjula’s Kitchen called Aloo Mattar (Potatoes and Green Peas). And, he’s family eats roti, which I’d never heard of before. I am used to naan bread, but I thought I would try making it. And, since I had cilantro in the fridge, I decided to make a chutney too. I will post the other two recipes later, but here is the aloo mattar for now.
A few of the spices might take a bit of work to find, but if I can find them on the Big Island, I am sure you can too.
3 medium boiled potatoes
2 tablespoons oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup frozen green peas
1 minced green chili, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon asafetida
2 tablespoons coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoon garam masala
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Peal and cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces.
Add them to a pot of cold water and bring to boil on the stove. Cook until soft. Drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the onions and cook until translucent.
Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.
Add the frozen peas and cook until warmed.
Add the potatoes.
Add the minced green chili, cumin, asafetida, coriander, turmeric, paprika, turmeric, and gram masala. Mix together well and cook until for about 10 minutes, covered, and stirring occasionally.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they are soft.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with some cilantro.
It is good on it’s own, but it is amazing with the cilantro chutney, which I will post tomorrow. Michael’s only complaint was it is more like “white people Indian food”….my answer was “well, a white girl made it!” hahahaha. I really suggest this dish, it’s easy and so freaking good.