Thursday, May 26, 2011

Masala Potatoes and Peas- Vegan

Potatoes and Peas make a wonderful combination in Indian cooking.  This dish is full of aromatic spices and  leading the way is one of my favorites- Gram Masala.  This dish will be delicious with any rice and curry meal or naan, chapathis, roti etc.... 

To start you will need:
1 medium onion chopped
2 green chilies or jalapenos finely diced
10-15 curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seed

Heat a large skillet with 1Tbs of canola on medium-high heat.  Add the cumin seed first and allow them to become fragrant (about 30-45 seconds).  Then add the chopped onion and green chilies.  Saute until soft.

Now add:
2-3 cloves of garlic grated
1 Tbs of grated ginger

Saute a minute until fragrant.

Add some diced boiled potato (2-3 large potatoes).  Also add some salt and pepper for seasoning and saute for a few minutes.

* Note you will have to boil the potatoes before making this dish.  You want the potatoes fork tender, but not mushy.

Now Add:
1 tsp of garam masala
1 tsp of red chili flakes (or to taste)
1/4 tsp of ground turmeric

Optional: I also added some diced green bell peppers.  You can use fresh or frozen.

Add about a cup of frozen peas to the dish.  Saute for a few minutes.
Once the peas are heated through, taste for seasoning.  If you are satisfied with the flavor your dish is done.

Serves 4-6 people.  Enjoy

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