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. 

Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry

Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry, is a flavorful curry made with fresh green peas and simple spices. Growing up in the state of Uttar Pradesh, green peas is a winter favorite vegetable that was found in abundance. I have memories of peeling kilograms and kilograms of fresh green peas in winter while basking in the gentle sun to warm us up. 

Growing up, I hated green peas and as far as I can remember, green peas is the only vegetable I disliked. I still have no clue as to why I don’t like green peas. I still don’t love green peas, but don’t dislike it as much. Thankfully my husband loves green peas and my boys like it as well. This gives me an opportunity to cook with green peas quite often. 

Matar Ka Nimona

Recipe Swap Challenge – 

Indian cuisine is an ocean full of treasured recipes and it gets more and more exciting as we get to explore deeper into each state. I am part of a Facebook Group called ‘Recipe Swap Challenge’. Each participating member is paired with another member and we have to cook from our pair’s blog. This month, I am paired with Swati, who blogs at Food Trails. She has a beautiful collection of recipes in her blog and I chose to make this delightful Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry from her space. 

 UP Style Green Peas Curry

What kind of peas to use?

I am so happy that I tried this recipe as my family loved it and the curry disappeared within no time. I was not able to find fresh green peas, but saw frozen petite green peas. The peas was very tender and sweet and it worked great for Matar Ka Nimona.

I also opened my new mortar and pestle that I brought from India last time when I went. It has been sitting unopened for over an year and I opened it to make fresh ginger, garlic and green chili paste. It just smells so amazing when freshly ground and I love the heavy stone mortar. I did not buy it in any fancy store paying big money, but bought it from local stone artisans from Mahabalipuram. I have lived in Chennai almost all my life, but last time was the first time, I spent a whole day in Mahabalipuram enjoying the coast and th sculptures. 

Green Peas Nimona

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 30 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy
Recipe adapted from – Food Trails

Ingredients to make Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry – Serves 4-6

  • Green peas – 16 oz (frozen, about 2 cups)
  • Potato – 1 medium (peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes)
  • Onion – 1 large (finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes – 3 (pureed)
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Garlic – 2 to 3 pods
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Oil – 1 TBSP + 1 TBSP
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Peppercorns – 6 to 8
  • Cloves – 4
  • Asafetida – 1/8th tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Dhania jeera powder / Cumin Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cilantro – to garnish

Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry

Procedure to make Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry – 

  • Using mortar and pestle or a small mixer, make a paste out of green chili, ginger and garlic. 

Matar Ka Nimona

  • 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 TBSP of oil and fry the peeled and cubed potatoes until it is soft and golden brown. 

UP Style Green Peas Curry

  • 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. 

Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry

  • Let the curry simmer for 5 to 7 minutes and then garnish with fresh cilantro. 
  • Serve with roti or rice.

Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry

Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry
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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. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Uttar pradesh
Keyword Curry, dinner, green peas, lunch, matar, nimona, Side dish, subzi, UP style subzi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Green peas - 16 oz frozen, about 2 cups
  • Potato - 1 medium peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Onion - 1 large finely chopped
  • Tomatoes - 3 pureed
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic - 2 to 3 pods
  • Green chilies - 2
  • Oil - 1 TBSP + 1 TBSP
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Peppercorns - 6 to 8
  • Cloves - 4
  • Asafetida - 1/8th tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania jeera powder / Cumin Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cilantro - to garnish

Instructions

  1. Using mortar and pestle or a small mixer, make a paste out of green chili, ginger and garlic.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In the same pan, heat 1 TBSP of oil and fry the peeled and cubed potatoes until it is soft and golden brown.
  5. Remove the potatoes in a bowl and in the pan, add the remaining oil.
  6. Add the whole spices; cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf and peppercorns. Fry them for about 30 seconds and then add the asafetida.
  7. Now add the ground ginger, garlic, green chili paste and fry for 30 more seconds.
  8. Add the chopped onions and saute until it is translucent.
  9. 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.
  10. Let the masala mixture cook in medium heat until aromatic and oil floats on top.
  11. Add the mashed green peas and the fried potatoes. Mix well and then add enough water to adjust the consistency.
  12. Let the curry simmer for 5 to 7 minutes and then garnish with fresh cilantro.
  13. Serve with roti or rice.

10 thoughts on “Matar Ka Nimona | UP Style Green Peas Curry


  1. My mom makes a similar version of this and like you I was too not a big fan of green peas. The dish actually looks quite tempting and I think I should give it a try.

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