Introduction: Low Sodium Aloo Mattar Recipe
When I saw the Copycat contest I knew it was time to try and make a dish from my new favorite spot in town called Taste of India. The dish I enjoy most is a vegetarian one called Aloo Mattar, which is a Punjabi dish from the Indian subcontinent made from potatoes (Aloo) and peas (Matter). I only had powdered Ginger and previously crushed Cumin on hand, but it's highly recommended to use fresh Ginger and whole Cumin seeds. Let's begin!
Onion Tomato Paste
- 1/2 cup Onion - chopped
- 1 cup Tomatoes - chopped
- ½ inch Ginger - chopped (or ¼ tsp of powder)
- 4 Garlic Cloves - whole
- Food Processor
- Wooden Spoon or Rubber Spatula
- Measuring Spoons & Cups
- Shallow Sauce Pot
- Small Bowl
- Chef Knife
- Cutting Board
Step 1: Making Onion/Tomato Paste
Add Onions, Tomatoes, and Garlic to a food processor and blend until smooth. About 15-30 seconds. Stop halfway to scrape down the sides. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Note: I couldn't get my hands on fresh Ginger, but if you're able to I suggest adding the 1/2 inch of peeled Ginger in with the Onions, Tomatoes, and Garlic.
Step 2: Peeling & Cutting Potatoes
Peel the Potatoes and cut them into small pieces no larger than one inch (1").
Step 3: Bloomin’ the Cumin
Turn the heat to medium and add the Olive Oil. Now add in the Cumin Seeds (preferably whole seeds) and cook for 30-60 seconds or until the seeds begin to brown.
Step 4: Add Onion/Tomato Paste & Almond
Stir in your Onion/Tomato paste followed by the Almond Powder. Bring to a light simmer and cover lightly to avoid splattering. Once the mixture stops splattering, remove the lid and simmer on low for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
Step 5: Spices, Potatoes (Aloo) & Peas (Matar)
Stir in Turmeric, Chili Powder, Ginger Powder and Hing, followed by the Potatoes (Aloo) and Peas (Matar). Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Note: I couldn't get my hands on fresh Ginger, so I added Powdered Ginger to this step as an alternative.
Step 6: Add Water & Salt
Add in the Water and some Salt to taste. Bring to a simmer and cover lightly. Simmer for 15-30 minutes or until desired thickness is reached.
Step 7: Garam Masala
Stir in the Garam Masala.
Step 8: Enjoy!
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