Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pea and Carrot Matar; Indian food, the salvation of vegetarians

Indian food is delicious. There happen to be very many Indian vegetarian dishes in the cultural repertoire. Why? Because a lot of the country is vegetarian. Therefore, the Indian people had to make damn sure they knew how to whip up a mean veggie dish.

Today I made pea and carrot matar, which is peas and carrots simmered in a yummy spiced tomato sauce. everything is made from scratch, but it is very simple to make.

1 pinch mustard seeds
favorite kind of cooking oil
2 curry leaves
1/2 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, halved
2 green chillies
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 cup of frozed peas and carrots
1/3 can of coconut milk
1/2 cup of water

1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp each of:
curry powder
cumin powder
coriander powder
favorite chillie powder

Add oil to pot and heat. Add curry leaves, mustard seeds and 1/2 the onion (chopped). In a blender, combine chopped tomatoes, chillies, ginger, garlic, and half a chopped onion. Blend until smooth. Once the ingredients in the oil start getting fragrant, add tomato mixture. Add all spice powders, stir, and simmer for a while till flavors combine (4 mins approx). Add peas and carrots, coconut milk and water, stir to combine. Cover and simmer till sauce boils down and thickens (not too thick!). Add salt to taste.

Serve with white basmati rice.

The matar:

I added some cucumber salad to the dish, which is just chopped cukes, salt, pepper, vinegar and lemon/lime juice all to taste:

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