Mataar Chi Usal as said in Marathi language, means Green Peas Vegetable. Green peas,one of my most favourite vegetables, were previously available only during the winters. I remember my mom making all the different varieties of green peas dishes during their period. Mataar usal, Mataar paatal bhaaji, Mataar pattice, etc.
Then, there wasn’t even this concept of frozen peas! Today besides frozen peas, we get fresh green peas in the market all year long! Though the quality and the price do differ enormously! But now we have the privilege of relishing this healthy vegetable as and when we want.
Although considered a vegetable, green peas are a fruit since they contain seeds developed from a flower! Green peas are the immature seeds of dried peas often called field peas. Green peas are really powerhouses of nutrition that are a boon for our health. These peas are low in calories as compared to beans, another legume. Being high in nutrition, these sweet green peas have a large number of health benefits! Green peas being a very delicious and healthy vegetable, makes for great dishes too!
- 2 cups Fresh Green Peas
- 2 Small Potatoes
- 2 Large Onions
- 1 Large Tomato
- 4 Garlic cloves
- 1/2 inch Ginger
- 2 tbs Oil
- 1 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
- 1 sprig Curry leaves
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Red chilli powder …….to be adjusted
- 1 tsp Kashmiri Red chilli powder
- 2 tsp Garam Masala
- 1/4 cup Fresh Corriander leaves
- Salt to taste
- To make the Mataar chi usal, first chop finely the onions, tomatoes and corriander leaves and keep aside. Cube the potatoes and keep immersed in fresh water till use. Grind the ginger and garlic to a fine paste.
- In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil and add to it the mustard seeds. As soon as they splutter, add the asafoetida.
- Now add the onions and saute. Add about two pinches of salt to speed up the cooking of the onions and prevent it from burning. Cover and cook for a while.
- When the onions turn translucent, add the ginger garlic paste and mix well. Cook covered for a while.
- When the onions are well cooked add the turmeric and red chilli powders and saute. Now add the cubed potatoes and mix. Add water to cover the potatoes and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for a while.
- As green peas cook faster, add them some time after the potatoes are added.
- Add the green peas and mix well. Add more water if required and cover and cook.
- When the potatoes are half cooked, add the chopped tomatoes and mix. Add the garam masala and salt to taste. Cover and cook till done. Add more water if required, to get a thick consistency.
- Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with chapatis or Bhaakari or Ghaavan. Serve some daal rice by the side accompanied by some NKGSB Style Lasun Chutney or Ambade Kaarle Lonche or a healthy Gaajar Flower Taaja Loncha and fresh salad by the side.
- Do try the Kokum Kadhi as an appetising drink with this delicious meal!
This is a very simple and easy to cook vegetable which tastes best if the green peas used are fresh tiny ones and of the best quality which aren’t actually available all year round.