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matar ka nimona
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Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry

Matar Ka Nimona is a flavorful Uttar Pradesh style Green Peas Curry that is simple and quick to make. A must make recipe during the winter months to enjoy the goodness of the fresh green peas.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Uttar pradesh
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 184kcal


  • 16 oz Green peas fresh or frozen, about 2 cups
  • 1 large Potato peeled and chopped into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 large Onion finely chopped
  • 3 Tomatoes pureed
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 8 Peppercorns
  • 4 Cloves
  • teaspoon Asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Dhania jeera powder / Cumin Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • to taste Salt
  • 4 tablespoon Cilantro to garnish


  • Using mortar and pestle or a small mixer, make a paste out of green chili, ginger and garlic.
  • In a pan, add the peas and enough water to cover the peas. Boil the peas until they are tender and then drain it in a colander.
  • Transfer the drained peas to a wide bowl and using a masher, mash it well. Some use the blender to coarsely grind the peas, but I like the mashed texture better.
  • In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and fry the peeled and cubed potatoes until it is soft and golden brown.
  • Remove the potatoes in a bowl and in the pan, add the remaining oil.
  • Add the whole spices; cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf and peppercorns. Fry them for about 30 seconds and then add the asafetida.
  • Now add the ground ginger, garlic, green chili paste and fry for 30 more seconds.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute until it is translucent.
  • Now add the Pureed tomatoes and mix well. Add the spice powders; red chili powder, dhania jeera powder and garam masala along with salt and mix well.
  • Let the masala mixture cook in medium heat until aromatic and oil floats on top.
  • Add the mashed green peas and the fried potatoes. Mix well and then add enough water to adjust the consistency.
  • Let the curry simmer for 5 to 7 minutes and then garnish with fresh cilantro.
  • Serve with roti or rice.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1207IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg