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Aloo Matar

55 min

Meal

Aloo Matar, or Aloo Muttur, is a dish originating from northern India, which consists of potatoes (aloo) and peas (matar) in a spiced creamy tomato sauce. It's a very filling and budget-friendly meal, and very enjoyable throughout the whole year. We often order the dish from our favourite Indian restaurants, but wonderfully speedy to make it yourself at home too!

Servings

Total

55 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

45 min

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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    whole coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp
    whole cumin seeds
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 4
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp (4 g)
    freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
    salt
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
  • ½ tsp
    ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp
    cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 3
    medium potatoes, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 1½ cups (360 g)
    canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    boiling water
  • ½
    vegetable bouillon cube, crushed (optional)
  • 1 cup (134 g)
    frozen green peas
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    coconut cream

Directions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds. Toast the spices, stirring throughout, for 1 - 2 minutes.
  2. Then add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Then add the salt, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne, and pepper. Toast for 30 - 60 seconds, stirring throughout.
  4. Add the potatoes to the pot. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Pour in the tomatoes, water, and bouillon. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cooking for 15 minutes. Then remove the lid and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  6. Add the peas and coconut cream and let heat through.
  7. Serve with rice or naan, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Coconut cream is the thick layer found on the top of a can of coconut milk. Placing the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight can help the fat layer separate more easily, and yields more cream.

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Grains & Starches 69%

medium potato

vegan naan

Proteins 9%

frozen green peas

Fruits & Veggies 22%

large onion

clove garlic

freshly grated ginger

canned diced tomatoes

Calcium
No significant sources of calcium
Fat

vegetable oil

coconut cream

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Heidi - Nov. 30, 2022, 7:28 p.m.

Just made this for my lunch and it was quick and delicious! I had all the ingredients and spices so it was easy to throw together after peeling the potatoes.

PUL Team - Dec. 1, 2022, 4:15 p.m.

Oh so lovely to hear, Heidi, thank you 😃


Rajat - Nov. 29, 2022, 9:33 p.m.

As a student first time in a foreign country, I absolutely had no idea what I am going to cook today. Then I remembered that you had a PUL website that you always mention.
It is an amazing website! I wanted to know what I could cook with Tomatoes and Potatoes (but didnt want any beans, had been eating them for the past two days xD), this recipe is what came up.
Turned out to be amazing! Will be enjoying this for the next two days.. Thank you for putting up this website and structuring it the way it is, will be referencing it a lot in the coming couple of years of my studies!

PUL Team - Nov. 29, 2022, 10:21 p.m.

Aw it means so much, Rajat, we're so happy the recipe and website are being enjoyed! All the best in your studies 🤗


Chiara - Nov. 17, 2022, 6:07 p.m.

This is so delicious, there is no meal more cozy and warming than this, and it’s impressed everyone I’ve made it for!

PUL Team - Nov. 19, 2022, 6:39 p.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Chiara!


Angie Garcia - July 6, 2022, 8:22 p.m.

I love this dish, my sister is truly the definition of a picky eater, so when she eats something and likes it, it is because it's delicious. She loves it and my whole family also.

PUL Team - July 7, 2022, 12:26 a.m.

A huge compliment, Angie, thanks a bunch!


Eva - June 22, 2022, 11:21 a.m.

So far, one of the most delicious and comforting vegan dishes I know. We eat this every 2-3 weeks. Tip: if you add puy lentils, the taste does not change, but you have extra protein.

PUL Team - June 22, 2022, 4:21 p.m.

Hey there, Eva, thanks for the glowing feedback and tip! It's so appreciated 😊


Erica - June 9, 2022, 7:28 p.m.

Such a comforting dish! Thank you for being mindful to make recipes that are affordable for people using ingredients most people already have (without compromising on flavor or nutritional value). I love that about PUL!

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 10:54 p.m.

Oh, Erica, it means so much! Thank you for helping make our PUL community so special 🤗


Kavitha - June 1, 2022, 1:59 a.m.

STAPLE BUDGET MEAL!

This is now a staple recipe because it is so easy to swap out the vegetables with whatever I have on hand.

I live in a very dry climate so I found that I had to continue to add water several times because it started to stick to the pan and I didnt want to add oil. I also went heavier on the spices than what is listed because I like strong flavors but it is still yum if you follow the recipe.

PUL Team - June 1, 2022, 4:44 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with it, Kavitha, it means so much ☺️


Katharyn - March 21, 2022, 1:05 a.m.

This curry is so good! It’s also very budget friendly.

I’m not vegan and neither is my family, but we’ll absolutely be making this again!

PUL Team - March 21, 2022, 2:45 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Katharyn, thank you!


Laura - March 2, 2022, 1:31 p.m.

Really great recipe! I've made it a few times (and currently simmering another batch) with a different tweak here and there after the first trial.
My husband was not a fan of the whole spices the first time (he has had a hard food item crack a tooth before so now anything like that puts him off) so I just use the ground versions in a higher quantity. I tend to double the spices in any Indian dish I make at home so I'm heavy handed on them in this recipe as well.. except the cayenne! (Several of us can't handle the heat so I barely add any)
I serve it with basmati or jasmine rice and homemade naan. Thanks for a great recipe that is now part of our regular rotation!

PUL Team - March 2, 2022, 5:23 p.m.

Hey Laura, thanks for taking time the time to share your experience with this one! Ground spices sound like a lovely modification if whole spices aren't desired. Do let us know if you have any other feedback 😃


Nora - Feb. 25, 2022, 5:18 a.m.

So, so yummy 😋


Annelie - Feb. 15, 2022, 8:20 p.m.

I swopped the potatoes for butternut pumpkin and it was delicious! It goes well with a good quality brown rice. I will definitely make it again.

PUL Team - Feb. 16, 2022, 5:12 p.m.

Mmm that sounds incredible, Annelie!


Katherine - Feb. 2, 2022, 3:32 a.m.

I thought this was delicious but I do have one critique.
The automatic serving scale for this recipe is a little off in terms of ratios.
I halved the recipe, which I usually do with all of them on here, never have had a problem except this recipe.
In my opinion, it didnt provide enough liquid in the pot.
I added more liquid, tomato juice from the can and water but that took away from the flavors.
Overall it was a success but I don't necessarily agree with the conversions.
Will be making this again!

PUL Team - Feb. 3, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Hey Katherine, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share the feedback with us! It's so appreciated to help us improve. The only thing that comes to mind at the moment is that the potatoes you used may have been larger than the ones we used. If that was perhaps the case, they would soak up more of the liquid when cooking, which is perhaps why you found there wasn't enough liquid in the pot. In any case, we're happy to hear you'll be trying it again, and I hope this helps for now 😊


Lani - Jan. 31, 2022, 10:21 p.m.

I made this tonight and it was such a hit. My wife said it is the best curry I have ever made, and I make curry way too much, so that is saying a lot. Incredible! It’s a new family favourite.

PUL Team - Feb. 1, 2022, 4:06 a.m.

That's a massive compliment, Lani, thank you!


Laura - Jan. 31, 2022, 12:35 p.m.

Heerlijk! Wij maken dit recept wekelijks. Bedankt!


Clari - Jan. 31, 2022, 12:23 p.m.

I love this recipe. I've never tried this dish in any indian restaurant so I didn't know what to expect (but of course I knew it was going to be delicious because is a PUL recipe), and I loved it. My potatoes took more time to cook, maybe I cut them too big? But the result was super duper yummy!

PUL Team - Jan. 31, 2022, 7:57 p.m.

Hey there, Clari, it means so much that the curry was enjoyed! The potatoes indeed may take a bit longer to cook if cut larger, if there's more, or the heat is a tad lower. Our medium potatoes are around 170 grams if it helps 😊


Aasiya - Dec. 2, 2021, 4:12 p.m.

I'm from India, so this dish is familiar to me.
My family and I usually have it with parotta (flatbread)

PUL Team - Dec. 2, 2021, 5:35 p.m.

Mmm thanks for sharing, Aasiya! Hugs to India 🤗


sophie de Pril - Nov. 26, 2021, 2:10 p.m.

I made it last night, and everybody loved it! It has so much flavour and is just simply delicious.
This will absolutely become a regular dish in our house.
Thank you for sharing this recipe!

PUL Team - Nov. 27, 2021, 8:32 p.m.

Oh this means so much, Sophie de Pril, thank you for taking the time to share ✨


Roya - Nov. 18, 2021, 12:31 a.m.

This was so AMAZING! There is so much flavor and warmth and goodness in this dish. Quickly becoming a weekly dinner in our house, along with many other PUL dishes of course :)

PUL Team - Nov. 18, 2021, 1:42 a.m.

We appreciate the kind words so much, Roya, thank you for taking the time to share!


Michelle - Oct. 28, 2021, 6:31 p.m.

This is such a delicious recipe, my boyfriend and I loved it!

I am curious why the nutrition information lists 7 mg of cholesterol since cholesterol is only found in animal products? Thanks!

Michelle - Nov. 2, 2021, 3:23 p.m.

It looks like it's fixed now! Thanks!


Sofie - Oct. 15, 2021, 8:47 p.m.

This has become a family favourite! I’m always cooking for my mum and I with Pick Up Limes recipes and we keep returning to this one :)

PUL Team - Oct. 16, 2021, 4:15 a.m.

Aw so kind of you to cook for your mum, Sofie! We're so glad the Aloo Matar is being enjoyed 🤗


Carla - Oct. 15, 2021, 2:22 p.m.

I love this dish! Thank you Pick Up Limes Team for all the wonderful recipes and tips you give. I've learned a lot about nutrition and cooking with you.
I tried a variation of this dish adding Broccoli (my fav) and tofu because I didn't have peas, and also went super delicious!

PUL Team - Oct. 16, 2021, 3:26 a.m.

Mm sounds like a delicious variation, Carla, thank you for sharing!


Efrat - Oct. 13, 2021, 7:14 p.m.

Can i put something instead the coriander seeds?

PUL Team - Oct. 14, 2021, 3:23 a.m.

Hi Efrat! Thanks for the question. The coriander seeds help give the recipe an earthy spice although they could be omitted if desired. Alternatively, another seed (such as cumin, caraway, or mustard seeds) or more dried spices (such as coriander, cumin or curry powder) could be used in its place to taste. We hope you enjoy this one if you're able to give it a try 🤗


Annamária Gálik - Oct. 9, 2021, 7:19 p.m.

Autumn is here, the weather is chilly, this spicy and hot meal has made my day more beautiful. Thank you so much for this recipe, it was so incredibly tasty, the whole family loved it!

PUL Team - Oct. 10, 2021, 12:18 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Annamária, thank YOU 😊


Cassandra - Oct. 7, 2021, 6:17 p.m.

My family loved this dish. It's so wholesome yet easy to prepare. Sending lots of gratitudes from Malaysia <3

PUL Team - Oct. 8, 2021, 7:22 p.m.

So happy to hear, Cassandra! Lots of love back to Malaysia 💚


Liza Salter - Sept. 28, 2021, 1:12 p.m.

Such a fantastic and easy to make dish! Definitely one I'll make again!


Katie - Sept. 17, 2021, 11:59 a.m.

This dish is absolutely PACKED with flavour and sooo incredibly delicious! I served with brown rice and added a wee bit of butter & some ground cumin to the rice before serving. Topped off with some coriander and ready to eat!

Literally next level good! A must try.

PUL Team - Sept. 18, 2021, 3:23 a.m.

So glad the aloo matar was enjoyed, Katie :)


Clara - Sept. 1, 2021, 11:57 a.m.

Very comforting and delicious meal ! I love the combination of the potatoes and peas !! The spices add a very interesting taste, too !


Susy - Aug. 30, 2021, 9:19 p.m.

WOW wow! My mouth is on fire 🔥 Wish I read the earlier comments about the heat that this delicious curry brought. It was super simple to make, filling, and pact with delicious seasoning. Mine came out a little watery and I’m wondering if I cut the potatoes too small. Also, I love how that there’s left overs for the week.

Thank you!!

PUL Team - Aug. 31, 2021, 2:30 a.m.

Hi Susy! We're glad you enjoyed the curry despite the spice 🤗 For the wateriness, did you cook the curry uncovered in step 6? This helps extra water evaporate in case the pot was accidentally covered 😊


Christina - Aug. 12, 2021, 8:51 p.m.

This is your best curry recipe. The coriander seeds give it such a delicious twist


Leanne - Aug. 8, 2021, 12:49 p.m.

About to meal prep this once again to enjoy throughout the week! We sprinkle some crispy tofu on top and it is divine. One of our (many) favourite recipes on this beautiful new website.

Thank you so much Sadia and the team for making plant-based eating an absolute joy. We make several of your recipes every week and we would be lost without you! Sending so much love and gratitude from the UK 💞

PUL Team - Aug. 8, 2021, 10:45 p.m.

Oh, Leanne, you are too kind! Thank YOU for being here and sharing the glowing feedback with us. Sending an abundance of love and gratitude to the UK 💚


Savvik - Aug. 7, 2021, 1:21 p.m.

just finished eating this super tasty meal, indeed it was easy to make and I would definitely have it again. For me, it's a winter recipe, keep in mind that it' s quite spicy and the recommended amount of coconut cream seems barely enough to counter balance the heat. Still, a simple and fulfilling dish!

PUL Team - Aug. 8, 2021, 9:53 p.m.

Hi, Savvik 🌻 Thanks so much for the honest review and feedback. It's super valuable to help us improve! This one has some kick due to the spiced creamy tomato sauce, although we're glad you enjoyed the recipe regardless. If you give it another try, feel free to add more coconut cream or reduce the spices if desired to help lessen the spice ☺️


Meg - Aug. 1, 2021, 2:23 p.m.

Simple, flavourful, and so filling. This dish is an absolute winner!

I'm so thankful to have stumbled across the PUL website four years ago. Sadia develops recipes that are delicious, healthy, and so easy to follow. We enjoy Sadia's recipes so much that my husband and I pretty much exclusively cook PUL meals for lunch and dinner every week. Sadia, thank you for creating an array of scrumptious vegan food. Sending you love and gratitude from Australia :)

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 5:46 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for being here, Meg! We're so glad you found the PUL family and have stuck around! Hugs to Australia 🥰


Elsemieke - July 31, 2021, 7:45 p.m.

I love this recipe! The taste is amazing and the descriptions and servings are perfect. Thank you PUL!


Amy - July 28, 2021, 4:39 a.m.

Oh wow! Lovely flavours; and I enjoyed the fragrance at each stage while cooking.


Kayla - July 27, 2021, 6:57 a.m.

My family and I are obsessed with anything Indian so I'm always searching for new recipes to try out. This recipe is so good I've made it countless times!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 3:09 a.m.

So glad you and your family are enjoying the aloo matar, Kayla! It means so much 🤩


Luise - July 26, 2021, 12:43 p.m.

This was so yummy! Honestly, didn't know I can cook this good ;)

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 3:28 a.m.

Hehe practice makes perfect! Happy cooking, Luise 😜


Hannah - July 25, 2021, 10:36 a.m.

Wow! This is super tasty. My dads favourite curry now. Xx


Anna - July 25, 2021, 8:50 a.m.

My partner for some reason loves potatoes. I made him this curry once and since then he asks for it every weekend. I must say, that I like it too. :-)


Amber Fox - July 24, 2021, 10:47 p.m.

This is my favourite recipe EVER! I make this dish at least once per week and everyone in my household eats it up. I've always wanted to make curry as good as my local Indian place and I was never able to do it until I mastered this dish. Sadia, please, I'm begging you, I need more curry recipes like this one!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 8:28 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Amber, thank you for sharing the glowing review! Perhaps soon we can share more curry recipes 🌻


Renate - July 24, 2021, 7:26 p.m.

That looks incredible! I'll try it on the weekend 💞


lucy - July 11, 2021, 5:34 p.m.

this was so satisfying, warming, and delicious. a family favorite; will make again when the cold comes back around 🤍


Abi - July 10, 2021, 9:43 a.m.

Such a delicious recipe, PUL recipes never disappoint us :)


Joyce - July 9, 2021, 6:51 p.m.

A lovely, creamy curry. We really enjoy scooping it up with naan :) thank you for another delicious recipe!


Adriana - July 9, 2021, 3:14 p.m.

Thank you so much for this recipe! It is a life-saver for me now, when I cannot eat many things due to my semi-chemo MS treatment <3

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 8:04 a.m.

We're so grateful to hear this, Adriana! Wishing you an abundance of health and continued strength 💖


Lana - July 9, 2021, 2:44 a.m.

This has been my #1 go-to curry recipe for months, I think I've made it like 20 times already! It's so so tasty and quick to whip up (not too much chopping involved). A few times I only had light coconut milk and it came out just as yummy, only a bit less thick. Thank you so much for your recipes, they're always perfect :) !

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 2:52 a.m.

So lovely to hear, Lana! Thank you for the support 😍


Caitlen - July 8, 2021, 9:39 p.m.

Upon my partner's request, I made this for dinner two nights ago and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. Something that looks relatively simple (potatoes? peas?) but with the perfect combination of spices just makes it taste incredible. Especially convenient since these are ingredients we always have around the house anyway! Already bookmarked and can't wait to make it (...eat it) again :)

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 8:22 a.m.

We're so grateful to hear this, Caitlen, thank you for the glowing review! So glad you're enjoying this one ✨


Jamie Ngo - July 3, 2021, 9:14 p.m.

So dang good. This would’ve been perfect on a chilly winter day. Definitely going to make it again then!


Constanze - July 1, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

What a delicious and nourishing meal! I only realized during the cooking process that I didn't have any frozen peas, so I used edamame instead. And I might leave out the cayenne pepper the next time because I personally found it a bit hot. Thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes!

PUL Team - July 1, 2021, 7:28 p.m.

Thank you for the review, Constanze! Edamame is a lovely substitute 😃


annie - April 20, 2021, 6:40 a.m.

This was so yummy! I loved it so much, thank you for your beautiful recipes!

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 1:16 a.m.

Glad you enjoyed the aloo matar, Annie! Thank you 🤗


Dhivya - April 19, 2021, 11:35 p.m.

Excellent receipies. Could please share some healthy RICE brand that I can purchase in Canada? Can you also share some brand for Fortified rice? red rice brand?

PUL Team - April 20, 2021, 6:23 a.m.

Hey Dhivya! The brands may vary depending on where in Canada home is for you. Brown rice, red rice, and wild rice are delicious sources of fibre. White rice is another option you may enjoy.

To see if a food product is fortified and help compare brands, looking at the nutrition facts table is a good strategy. For more information on how to read a nutrition facts table here’s a resource: fda.gov/food/new-nutrition-fa… 🙂


Margaret - April 19, 2021, 4:04 a.m.

This is my new favorite recipe I've made thus far. It is so flavorful!!

PUL Team - April 20, 2021, 1:37 a.m.

We're so happy you're enjoying it, Margaret :D


Stephanie - April 15, 2021, 1:04 p.m.

Hi there !
I would like to mention that I am actually living on Aloo Matar ! Seriously, it's delicious and filing.
The flavors are superb. I have tried to freeze portions, the exeperience turned out pretty good.

PUL Team - April 16, 2021, 11:01 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Stephanie! Thank you for sharing :D


Ida - April 11, 2021, 8:09 p.m.

I made it today and it was soo delicious! Thanks for all the amazing recipes :)

PUL Team - April 12, 2021, 6:18 a.m.

Thank you, Ida! So happy you enjoyed the aloo matar 🤩


Jiya - March 30, 2021, 2:20 p.m.

I've tried numerous aloo matar recipes but this has to be my favourite! beautiful presentation, easy to follow layout and helpful nutrition tips! really appreciate the hard work gone into producing this, thank you to Sadia and the PUL team!

PUL Team - April 3, 2021, 12:34 a.m.

Aw you're too sweet, Jiya! Thanks for the awesome feedback and support 🥰


Adrian - March 29, 2021, 10:11 a.m.

So delicious, will be making again very soon!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 11:09 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed it, Adrian :)