Matar Masala Is Ready

Matar Masala

Introduction

Matar Masala is a delicious curry made in onion tomato gravy with spices and green peas. Its also known as Green Peas Masala. This sabji is rich, creamy and goes with any Indian bread.

Matar Masala Is Ready

The bit of sweetness of peas goes very well with the creamy gravy and tastes amazing.

In India, “matar” means “green peas” and  spices along-with gravy is called “masala”. Hence, the name “Matar Masala”.

To make matar masala, you should be using fresh peas. However, I hardly get a chance to purchase fresh green peas here in USA. So I have opted for frozen green peas. In India, one can easily buy fresh green peas as its easily available in market.

Green peas are low in calories and very high in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Also, they are high in fiber and proteins.

I like matar a lot and so I opt for different recipes of matar like Matar Paneer sabji, Aloo Matar sabji  or Aloo matar paratha.

If you like matar masala sabji, then you may even like below recipes

Chole Masala

Recipe

-1/2 cup of green peas, boiled

-2 medium sized onions, chopped

-2 large sized tomato, chopped

-1 green chilly

-1 tbsp of garlic, chopped

-1/2 tbsp of ginger,crushed

-3 tbsp of oil

-1 tbsp of cumin seeds

-1/2 tbsp of turmeric powder

-1 tbsp of red chilly powder

-2 cups of water

-2 tbsp of yogurt

-1 tbsp of Kasoori Methi

-Salt as per taste

-1 tbsp of coriander, finely chopped

Step 1: Boil the green peas, add 1/2 tbsp of salt to the water.

Boil Green Peas

Step 2: On the other side, add onions,garlic, ginger,green chilly and tomatoes  into a mixer jar and grind it well.

Make Puree

Step 3:Once the green peas are boiled, drain water using strainer.

Drain water from peas

Step 4: Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds once the oil is heated.

Add cumin seeds to the pan

Step 5: Add puree of onion-tomato into the pan.

Add puree to pan for matar masala

Step 6: Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder to the pan and let it cook until all moisture evaporates and it becomes thick paste.

Let Puree Cook

Step 7: Add water to the pan, mix well and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add water to pan

Step 8: Add 2 tbsp of yogurt to the pan so that the sabji/curry gets creamy texture. Let it simmer.

Add yogurt to the pan

Step 9: Now add 1 tbsp of Kasoori Methi to the pan,mix it well.

Add kasoori Methi

Step 10: Add boiled green peas to the pan, adjust the salt and let the curry cook for 2 to 4 minutes.

Add boiled peas to the matar masala

Garnish it with finely chopped coriander.

Matar Masala is ready to be served.

Matar Masala

Key Points

1.Soak cashews in water for 4-5 hours and then use it while grinding gravy.This gives the sabji a more creamy texture.

2.Kasoori Methi adds a unique taste to the sabji and so I would recommend using it.

3.You may add bay leaf, cardamoms and cloves into the tadka and then add puree to it. Again that will uplift the taste of curry.

Health Benefits

1.Keeps you full

As green peas are full of fibers and proteins, it keeps you full for long time.

2.Helps in digestion

As green peas are rich in fibers, it benefits in digestion.

3.Support Blood Sugar Level

Green peas are low in glycemic index, high in fibers and proteins . These are important elements for keeping blood sugar level in control.

Give it a shot and let me know how it tasted.

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