You will love aloo gajar matar and it’s simplicity
I love this mixed sabzi for it’s simplicity and flavor. Aloo gajar matar literally translates to potatoes, carrots and peas and is a delicious stir fry you need to try! It’s one of those recipes that is so simple, yet it always hits the spot when you take a bite. I make this often, but more so in the summer, when it’s too hot to have a heavy dinner. This just takes 30 minutes or so to make, so you won’t be standing in front of the stove for ages either. The trick is to chop the potatoes small so they don’t take along time to cook.
What you need to make this delicious vegan and gluten free meal
I say it all the time, but our cuisine is so wholesome and inclusive of all diets. This aloo gajar matar, like most Pakistani vegetable curries, is naturally gluten free and vegan. Five vegetables, all different is sizes and textures, cook together so harmoniously. To start off, you need thinly sliced onions. Let those get some color on them, then add sliced tomatoes and the usual spice suspects. Cook your potatoes and carrots next, keeping the frozen peas for last. If you’re using fresh peas then add them in earlier so they cook through. When I’m in a hurry, I cut the potatoes into a fine dice so they cook faster.
Keep the spices simple in this and let the aloo gajar matar shine
As with all simple meals, less is more. I use the classic salt, turmeric and Kashmiri laal mirch (chili powder) in this, but I add some ground cumin and coriander to give this some more flavor. But that’s all you need. Don’t go over board with the spices so the flavor of the vegetables comes through. I sometimes add methi (dried fenugreek leaves) to the masala before adding the vegetables. It adds a nice earthy flavor to the whole dish, but most of the time I make this as shown below, and it’s delicious.
How to serve this vegetable curry
I love eating this with some fresh roti. When I’m in Lahore I get some fresh tandoori roti from the local tandoor and the combination is Chef’s kiss! When I’m here in Chicago, I even settle for toasted bread. Have you tried simple toasted bread with dal or sabzi? Or is it just me? Here are some other ldelicious gluten free and vegan dinner options:
Aloo Gajar Matar
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- 2 tomatoes sliced
- 1 tsp ginger crushed
- 1 tsp garlic crushed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp Kashmiri laal mirch chili powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 4-5 red potatoes peeled+diced. Soak in water till reasy to cook
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 3-4 whole green chilies
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- fresh cilantro for garnish
- Heat the oil in a large pan or wok. Saute the onions till they start turning golden brown around the edges, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, ginger and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down.
- Add the salt, turmeric and laal mirch. Mix to combine, then add the potatoes, carrots and whole green chilies. Cover and cook over a medium low flame for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. After tne minutes the poatoes should be almost cooked thorugh. If they aren't cook for a few more minutes.
- Add the peas, cumin and coriander. Mix and cook covered for 5 minutes, then top with fresh cialntro and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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