Most of us love the well known North Indian entrée Aloo Matar. But it involves a lot of prep work, especially the restaurant style creamy one. This Marathi version of Aloo Matar, called as Matar Batatyacha Rassa is easy, even for newbies.
Green Peas/Matar - 1 1/2 cup
Boiled Potatoes - 2 big
Cumin/Jeera Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafetida/Hing - 1/8 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/8 tsp
Cayenne Pepper/Red Chili Powder - 2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp (optional) Lemon or Lime Juice - 1 tbsp Cilantro/Coriander Leaves/Kothimbir - few sprigs
Oil - 1 tbsp Salt
How to cook Marathi Aloo Matar:
Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a pan/skillet and add cumin seeds, asafetida. After few seconds, add green peas and turmeric. Sauté green peas for about 2 minutes.
Add about 1 cup water, salt, cayenne pepper and garam masala. Mix and cook till peas turn soft.
Add mashed (or diced) boiled potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes. Add water if required. Boiled potatoes tend to absorb water, cook till you get the desired consistency. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice.
Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with Puri or Roti/Chapati.