Aloo Matar - Indian Potato And Pea Curry

by | Aug 8, 2011 | 14 comments

Aloo Matar - Indian Potato & Pea Curry

Aloo Matar is my Indian version of a quick mac and cheese or stir fried noodles.  It is my go to dish when inspiration and time are both lacking. It is whipped up in a matter of minutes using pantry staples and virtually cooks itself while I do a few dishes and set the table. Aloo simply means potato and matar means pea. This very popular and much loved Indian classic Potato and Pea Curry has many variations.  It is hearty, warming, flavourful, fresh and thoroughly satisfying. If I have a few extra minutes to spare (which I usually do), I grate some cucumber and stir it in a bowl of sweetened yogurt with chopped mint leaves for a delicious raita and microwave some pappadums. A very tasty vegetarian Indian meal in less than an hour is hard to beat on a busy week night. 

Aloo Matar

Aloo Matar








Preparation Time - 15 minutes
Cooking Time - 40 minutes
Serves - 4
3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
3 tomatoes
1/2 inch piece of ginger
1 green chill
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
2-3 small pieces of cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 cup coriander stalk
1/4 cup coriander leaves
salt to taste
2 cups water


Purée tomatoes, green chill, ginger and coriander stalks in a blender.
In  a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil on medium. Lightly fry cumin seeds, bay leaves and cinnamon for a few seconds till they turn a shade darker. Add the tomato mixture, sugar, salt, turmeric and cumin. Simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add potatoes, peas, water and garam masala. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes until potatoes are cooked. Adjust seasoning to taste. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with naan, roti or steamed rice.

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  1. chopinandmysaucepan

    Although I'm a meat lover, this vegetarian curry looks really delicious! The flowers are a nice touch. Are they edible flowers?

  2. paula

    i love that i would usually have all those ingredients on hand, will keep this one in my to make file, mmmmm

  3. kankana

    My Aunty (Masi) used to make aalu matar with poori especially for me. It's been so many years since i ate it. Thanks for taking me back to my childhood days 🙂

  4. Anita Menon

    It has been a long time that I haven't made alu mattar. Paneer and mattar have taken precedence over Alu.

    This one looks great. It is really a comfort food of sorts for my hubby who hails from Delhi. Will make it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. chinmayie @ love food eat

    I make aloo matar so often for the same reasons you have mentioned! SO easy but so hearty!

  6. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    I love aloo matar!!! This looks so comforting and delicious.

  7. penny aka jeroxie

    I love this dish. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  8. yasmeen (wandering spice)

    Ooh, how fantastic. My favorite go-to dish is a quick Middle Eastern stew as well. Very similar elements!

    Thanks for adding something new to my repertoire.

  9. Sanjeeta kk

    One of my fav. curries with Makki ki roti! Lovely clicks, Sneh.

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love how you've prettied it up with the flowers! It looks even more appetising that way (and it already did look delicious!) 🙂

  11. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen

    Love aloo matat any day 🙂

  12. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    Its been ages I made aloo matar..mainly coz I like it more with fresh peas & too lazy to shell..a comforting dish for me too!

  13. rebecca

    love this bookmarking it for sure, always need easy Indian dishes

  14. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    That looks delicious and pretty photo!


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