Aloo Matar Masala

Aloo matar masala

This is from one of my friends Parul Singhal, who posted this recipe at my request.

Here is a link to the original post on her blog:

Below is my adaption of Parul’s recipe, to accommodate more readily available local ingredients.

Thank you Parul!  I hope that I did your recipe justice!


1 small onions, diced

3 – 4 potatoes, cubes

1 cup green peas

1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger

1 can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon cumin, turmeric

1 tablespoon salt, coriander

1/2 teaspoon garam masala

red pepper flakes, to taste

1 -2 clove fresh garlic, crushed

The original recipe called for:

a pinch of asafetida/hing.

1 teaspoon chopped green chili

1/2 red chili powder

Chopped coriander leaves for garnish.

Instead, I added a small onion, crushed fresh garlic, and canned diced tomatoes.  Fresh cilantro would have also made a nicer touch, but I didn’t have any handy.


Sauté onion, garlic, cumin, turmeric, coriander, salt, and  ginger, until fragrant. Add potatoes, tomatoes and water. Bring to pressure for 5-7 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes) and release the pressure using the quick release method. I cooked it for 5 minutes, and then simmered it on the stove top to thicken and finish cooking. After the potatoes are cooked, add the peas. Adjust seasoning, and then add hot pepper flakes to taste, crushed garlic.  Complete by adding the garam masala at the end.  Ideally, fresh chopped cilantro before serving is a wonderful addition.

Here are the pictures:

Outcome: Everyone liked it! Although not completely authentic, I am happy to say that it was finished within a day. So, that to me is an unqualified success!

My husband is now suggesting we acquire more authentic Indian spices. Some of them were omitted, and I think that it would have been better with them.

Thank you Parul! I so appreciate you sharing this wonderful recipe!

It has occurred to me that blogging is a great way to learn traditional, authentic recipes.  Before blogging, I never could have made something like this. My husband was amazed.

So, thank you everyone!  I am so grateful to all of you.

(Off topic, but, I would love to receive recipes for Brazilian beans, if anyone is familiar with this cuisine.)


Curried Red Kidney Beans

I am trying to expand my repertoire of fast and easy vegan dishes. This is something that I tried for the first time.


3 cups kidney beans

1 onion, chopped 

1 can diced tomatoes 

1 tablespoon salt

Garam Masala spices:

2 teaspoons coriander 

2 teaspoons cumin 

1 teaspoons pepper

1 teaspoon paprika 

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon turmeric 

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon cardamom 

2 bay leaves

2 cloves garlic, crushed at the end

8 cups water, or to cover, depending on cooking method.


Sauté onions with spices and beans, until fragrant. Add tomatoes, with juice and water.

Stove top: bring to boil and let simmer until done.  Add crushed garlic and adjust seasoning. I might have added 1 1/2 of the amount of the spices listed.

In pressure cooker: 24 minutes to pressure and then I released the pressure quickly by running cold water over the lid when done.

This can also be made in the crockpot. Cook on low until done. In the crockpot, I think it would need less water.

Here are the pictures:

I sautéed the spices, beans and onion:

Here is the final product:


This is fast and easy, all natural and healthy. My husband said, “this is good!”

It smells great too.