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Potato and Green Pea Curry (Aloo Matar)

4 Servings

1 hour

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This classic curry balances the sweetness of tomatoes and green peas with pungent aromatics and warm spices, all tempered by the mild flavor and starchiness of potatoes. The peas in aloo matar usually are drab army green from the acidity of the tomatoes; we add them at the end so they retain their bright color. Serve with cooling plain whole-milk yogurt, if desired.




Don't forget to thaw the peas before use. They are added off heat, when cooking is complete, so if they are still frozen, they will cool the curry. Also, don't be shy about stirring the potatoes as they cook uncovered; stirring helps release potato starch that thickens the curry.

1 hour


  • ¼

    cup coconut oil

  • 1

    tablespoon cumin seeds


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Alexandra S.
May 21, 2023
Sounds delicious, but let's talk cooking odors
Christopher, I love Indian food and Indian inspired food. Please remember to warn people that if they do not have a stove hood exhaust fan their entire house will end up smelling like spices. I don't have a stove hood fan so alas, I cannot make this dish, but if I did have a stove hood exhaust fan, I would be making Indian bloomed spice dishes all day long!
char t.
December 16, 2023
super easy-I added cauliflower, baby kale and a can of chick peas...also used aleppo pepper for heat...a complete meal!
Anu P.

Kashmiri Chili powder is easily available in any Indian grocery or I notice that most American cooks have a heavy hand with turmeric. For this recipe, half a teaspoon should suffice. Yes, your aloo mattar won't be a bright yellow but you will notice a difference in taste. Turmeric leaves a slight bitterness and after taste when used with a heavy hand. Turmeric is also a blood thinner/anticoagulant and moderation with the spice is key. Try a 1/4 teaspoon of amchur (dry mango powder) when you add the dry spices and lower the quantities of tomatoes - a different kind of tanginess.

R S R.

Thank you Anu P! Thoughtful suggestions that I will keep in mind.

David E.

I live near a lot of Indian/Pakistani markets, at which Kashmiri Chili powder is common (and quite cheap compared to good Hungarian paprika). This was delicious. At the end, I felt it needed just a splash of white vinegar (1 tsp) and I sprinkled the potatoes with black onion seeds. A keeper!

Rachel B.

I've made this with Ro-tel tomatoes instead of plain canned tomatoes - Ro-tel are a staple in my pantry and they add another touch of spice. Also, while russets are ideal, you can make this with whatever potatoes you have on hand; I've made it with smaller and waxier CSA potatoes and they work too!

Kari W.

Thanks for this. I have waxy but no russets and was hoping it wouldn’t be a big deal. Looking forward to it.