Alu Matar (Potatoes and Peas in Onion-Tomato Sauce)

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Title: Alu Matar (Potatoes and Peas in Onion-Tomato Sauce)
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Indian, Potatoes


1 1/2 lb Small Potatoes
2 md Onions
3 Garlic cloves
1 Ginger, fresh 1/2" piece
3 tb Vegetable oil
1 pn Asafoetida, crushed, opt
1/2 ts Cumin seeds
Salt, to taste
1/4 ts Cayenne pepper
1/2 ts Tumeric, ground
2 lg Tomatoes, chopped coarsely
1 c Peas
1/4 c Water
1/2 ts Garam masala

"One of the better known dishes of Uttar Pradesh cuisine, this is a
favorite at occasions ranging from a wedding buffet to a family picnic. It
goes exceptionally well with Deep Fried Wheat Bread, a raita and Pumpkin
with Onions and Fenugreek."

Cook the potatoes until tender. Peel and set aside. In the container of a
blender or food processor, mince together the onions, garlic and ginger. In
a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the
asafoetida (if used) and cumin. When spices darken (1 to 2 seconds) add the
minced onion mixture and saute until browned (about 12 minutes). Add the
salt, cayenne, tumeric and tomatoes and cook until they soften (about 5
minutes). add the peas and water; reduce the heat to low, cover and cook
for 5 minutes. Halve the cooked potatoes if they seem too large. Add them
to the pan and cook covered for another 5 minutes. Mix in the garam masala
just before serving. SERVES: 4 with other dishes

Source: _From Bengal to Punjab: The Cuisines of India_ by Smita Chandra
posted by Anne MacLellan