Monday, March 27, 2006

Aloo Mattar - Green





Here is the vegetarian verison of the previous Recipe.
Quick and easy to cook.
And you will want to cook it again and again..

This is aloo mattar with green peas, I will cook you the white pea version in a few days.
The white pea and the green though the same grams have very different taste, I won't say which is better. They are just differently good.

There was a small stall in Imphal, Manipur who sold a version of White peas masala. The chana was known as Kelly Chana. Perhaps the stall owner's name was Kelly.

A masala was used to garnish the Pea dish, which was a trade secret and many hotels and stall have tried to mimick kelly chana but to no avail. The kelly Chana remained, till today, a mystery . It is served in Lotus Leaves, (and by the way Young lotus leaves can be eaten), and adds an aroma to the kelly Chana which was more like a cry chaat.
It was garnished with Garlic Chives, and some garam masala was used.
I will cook you the closest I can to Kelly chana some day. Anyther pea dish

But Today is green Peas day, so try this Aloo Hari Mattar for today.

Ingredients:

3 large potatoes, peeled
2 tomatoes cut into 4 qtrs
1 cup green peas.

1 medium Onion cut into Slivers.
1 tsp Pre- Soaked Meethi Jeera seeds
Garlic Chives chopped 1 inch long, about 10 leaves( Optional)
4-5 cloves of garlic, and half an inch Ginger, crushed well.
2 green chilies.
Red chilies and Turmeric


So I boiled Potatoes, peas and tomatoes.

When potatoes are done (3 whistles in a Pressure cooker),
Remove and mash the whole mixture using the bottom of a steel tumbler..

Heat about 2 TBS oil in a pan,
Add soaked jeera meethi seeds.
Add the onions (and the garlic chives if you have bought it. )
When Onions are golden brown,
Add the green Chilli,
and add the ginger garlic and saute till the paste change color,

Now add 1/3 tsp Turmeric and Red Chili powder each,
stir quickly.and add the mashed mixture.
Add water to your measurement.
It shouldn't be too thick or watery as sambhar.
The water you used for boiling should do if you used 2 cups for 3 potatoes.

12 Comments:

Blogger Kay said...

I will try this recipe soon. I like dried green peas and make dal out of it, with tomatoes and onions and it's yummy. This one looks delicious with potatoes.

3/27/2006 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger ViolentGandhi said...

Awesome blog. I check this everyday since I discovered it and great job on updating so frequently with amazing recipes.

3/28/2006 01:45:00 AM  
Blogger Santhi said...

I missed the curry mela..:((((((((

3/28/2006 07:03:00 AM  
Anonymous mehak said...

i make something similar pretty often....easy n tasty..!!

3/28/2006 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous tony said...

@ Kay: Oh I love that too... I love all pea based daal green or yellow lol.. Try a watery version of peas dal.. The juice is amazing

@ Violent Gandhi: thanks a lot pal... I am glad you do like my recipes

@ Santhi: Ohh!! i actually did it at the last moment, coz I couldn't resist lol

@ Mehak: Oh.. This is a indeed a lovely dish..easy to cook.. Use the soaked methi jeera for a diff flavor

3/28/2006 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Tony: You have been cooking up a storm...all peas..looks delicious. I tried soaked jeera+Methi, mmm it is different and i like it. Thanks for the tip buddy:)
BTW: I have my entry ready for this weekend's curry mela :)
http://kitchenmate.blogspot.com/2006/03/chettinad-fish-curry-cooked-in.html#links

3/28/2006 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger RP said...

Looks delicious. Will try out sometime soon. Thanks for sharing.

3/28/2006 09:03:00 PM  
Anonymous tony said...

KM: I am Glad you liked the tip... And thnx for the entry...

RP: Thnks pal.. Its great... actually

3/28/2006 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Shalini said...

looks yummy, especially the colour! must try it out, will let u know how it turns...

3/29/2006 01:27:00 PM  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

Hi Tony,
This is my entry for this week's curry mela.
http://myrasoi.blogspot.com/2006/03/vankaya-munagakaaya-kura-usually-i.html

3/30/2006 07:32:00 AM  
Blogger winds of change said...

Sorry to say it folks but keli chana is not made with green peas but with the dried variety albeit soaked overnite. neither is there potatoes and tomatoes in it.All the same your version of Keli will still taste great.Legend:Keli was not named after a person but a bramhin family who came from some place related to the name Keli, they discovered the recipe and the name still sticks.Carry on with good work..

5/16/2006 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger winds of change said...

here,s my recipe for apple pork slices thet i stumbled into one boring day at home.
ingredients:
pork chunk(ribs or thigh) 1 kg
onions 250gm
garlic 100 gm
ginger 100gms
Red chillies(whole) according to taste
honey 2 tsf
Oil(any 2tbsp
soy sauce 1 tbsp
Apples 250gm

Method:boil the pork or pressure cook it for about 6 whistles, after then cool it down and cut it into 5x5 slices and about 0.5cm thick.Fry half the onions until golden brown along with the ginger-garlic paste in oil.add the pork slices and cook for 5 mins add the whole chillies after it is soaked in boiling water and mashed with a pestle along with the remaining onions cut into huge chunks(halved or quatered.add the honey and soy sauce.and cook for another 5 mins after that, add the apples cut into quaters,cook for another 3 mins.your dish is then done, decorate with coriander leaves and serve hot as snacks for a heavy drinking session or as a side dish.The sweet and sour taste along with the subtle flavor and aroma is great.Guranteed 100% original recipe of mine which i discovered by mistake as oneday when i was about to cook to cook i was wondering aboutwhat to do with the few apples lying in my fridge that nobody wanted to eat.try this, sorry i dont have any photo of it, have to buy one of those digital things as i have only an outdated SLR camera of the romantic era of films

5/16/2006 06:24:00 PM  

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