Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Curried Potatoes n Peas

Curried Peas n Potatoes

I love Indian inspired foods and this curried peas and potatoes recipe is very simple and can be eaten as a side dish but is hearty enough to eat as a main dish. I love eating it with plain white rice. The rice soaks up the flavors of the sauce and it is so good for you! You can adjust the amount of curry and spice to your liking....I like it really hot so I add a bit more when I'm making it just for myself.

Curried Peas n Potatoes
4 tablespoons Ghee (you can find this in nice grocery stores with an ethnic food aisle or in Middle Eastern grocery stores (or you can make your own clarified butter or use 3 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil so the butter doesn't burn)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 Bay leaves
1 tablespoon Curry Powder
2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (or you can use ground cumin)
2 teaspoon ground red hot pepper
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Coriander
pinch of cinnamon
3 Potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
Salt to taste
2-3 cups water

Heat ghee or clarified butter in a medium sauce pan and saute the onion and garlic over medium heat until golden.
Add cumin seeds, bay leaves and cinnamon. Stir fry for 2 minutes. Then add the tomato paste and saute for another minute before adding the red pepper, turmeric, coriander, and salt. Mix well and saute for another minute.

Add potatoes and peas and stir. Pour in water and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover the pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the sauce has thickened.

You can use fresh potatoes and peas or canned potatoes and frozen peas if that's what you have on hand for this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time if your potatoes are canned because they will not need to cook as long or they'll get super mushy.

The peas are packed full of nutrients, including Vitamin K, folic acid and Vitamin B....all very good for bone and heart health!

So maybe you can get your family to eat peas by adding more flavor to them. Doesn't this look much better than a bowl of plain peas?


Helene said...

I would enjoy this meal. Looks good. I may not comment for a while because I'm going on vacation.

Mila said...

I just recently tasted Indian food and this was one of my faves! I will definitley try making it.

Olga said...

This looks so good! I made something similar before using cauliflower instead of potatoes. And this makes for great leftovers.

avesta said...

Thanks everyone! I hope you try this recipe and Olga...I love Cauliflower with curry!!! seem to be traveling all the time! I am jealous! Have fun and Mila...keep eating more Indian will crave it and think about it in your dreams! :)

Kevin said...

Simple and good!

My Taste Heaven said...

This curry potatoes n peas is something new to me. I think it's good to have it when I want to be a 'one-day vegetarian'. Can't stand without meat for my life :)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try this tonight. You mention onion in the instructions, but I think you left out the amount of onion in the ingredient list. I'll just improvise for tonight. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Cinnamon? That's not in the ingredient list.

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Anonymous said...

How much onion do you use here? thanks!