More often than not, you are yet to encounter someone who doesn’t love food. More so, there are a lot of cuisines offered around the world that cater to all types of foodies. These include juicy steak recipes for meat-lovers, delectable desserts for the sweet-tooth, and tasty meals sans the meat for vegetarians and vegans.
Speaking of vegetarians and vegans, you may want to try this tasty dish called Pea and Potato Curry. Aloo Matar, as it also called in Punjabi, is a meatless comfort food that is also easy to make. It mainly comprises of two main ingredients – peas and potatoes – but when combined with savory curry, your taste buds will thank you.
You can be sure to enjoy this recipe even you’re not really a veggie-lover to begin with. Plus, this dish is packed with nutritional benefits for a better overall well-being. So, if you are ready to make this yummy dish? Then, let’s begin!
How to Make the Best Pea and Potato Curry
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Combine tomato, ginger, and garlic in a blender, blend until smooth, and then set aside.
Heat a large skillet in medium heat. Next, add cinnamon, clove and cardamom pods, and dry roast for a minute until fragrant.
Add canola oil and cumin into the skillet, and sauté until cumin seeds begin to sizzle. Next, add onions into the mixture and sauté until the onions are coated with the oil.
Adjust heat to medium-high and continue to sauté onions until it starts to brown. Make sure not to burn or toast the onion while stirring it.
Add potato cubes and stir into the mixture for about three minutes. Next, add the contents from the blender into the skillet and stir until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
Add salt, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and water, stir occasionally and let it simmer for about 12 minutes, or until potatoes become tender and oil starts to surface on the mixture. Make sure to lower heat to prevent mixture from boiling.
Once potatoes are already tender and oil has already appeared on the surface, pour additional 2 cups water and peas. Simmer again for around 10 minutes or when potatoes become cooked completely.
Once simmered enough, add cream and garam masala and simmer again for about 2 minutes. Add salt depending on taste.
Serve in a bowl and add cilantro for garnishing. You can eat it with roti or paratha bread, steamed rice, or as is!
Health Benefits of Peas
Peas are one of the most common vegetables around. Unfortunately, many people, especially kids, do not like eating this vegetable, or any vegetable for that matter. However, one should learn to eat and enjoy peas as they contain considerable amount of essential nutrients and other health benefits.
For one, green peas have only 62 calories per half-cup serving or around 170 grams, majority of which comes from carbohydrates. In addition, peas are also rich in fiber, protein, vitamins A, K, and C, folate, iron, and antioxidants, to name a few.
Peas are a great meat alternative.
For vegetarians/vegans, peas are a heaven-sent. Peas are one great alternative to meat due to its protein content. It combines with fiber to make you feel full even when consumed in small amounts. With that said, peas are also a great food to eat when you’re on a diet.
Peas aid in stabilizing blood sugar.
Peas have low glycemic index (GI) which helps in regulating blood sugar levels. Since peas are also rich in protein and fiber, it can further aid in controlling blood sugar levels as well. Hence, eating green peas can be beneficial for diabetics.
Peas can help protect against certain diseases.
Green peas are said to aid in the prevention of certain diseases such as heart problems, cancer, and diabetes. This is because green peas contain minerals good for the heart and antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of cancer.
Health Benefits of Potato
Whether fried, baked, mashed, or boiled, a lot of people cannot resist the goodness of potatoes. They are also easy to grow, packed with lots of nutrients, and can be made into delicious meals and snacks.
Among health benefits of the humble potato are as follows:
Potatoes Aid in Better Bone Health.
Potatoes contain numerous nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc that helps in maintaining good bone health. Plus, the iron and zinc content of potatoes results to the production of collagen that helps in improving skin health.
Potatoes Helps Lower Blood Pressure.
Potatoes also contain nutrients such as potassium which is revealed to help in the reduction of blood pressure. In addition, potassium also promotes vasodilation, or expanding of the blood vessels.
Potatoes Also Aids in Brain Development.
This tuber also contains choline that is essential for cognitive and muscle development. Plus, it also aids in maintaining overall brain health.
Potatoes are Good Weight Loss Foods.
For one, potatoes make you feel full and decrease appetite. Plus, it also contains dietary fibers that can help improve your digestive system.
Health Benefits of Curry
Garam masala, which is used in this featured dish, is common in Indian and South Asian cuisines. It is known for its distinct spicy aroma and taste. It can be cooked with meat or veggies.
While some may be turned off with the smell of curry or garam masala, a lot of people actually loved it. Nonetheless, eating curry provides several health benefits such as the following:
Helps increase immunity against common illnesses
Promote weight loss
Reduce blood sugar levels
With all the above-mentioned health benefits of this recipe, there’s no reason not to try Pea and Potato Curry. It’s also a great recipe for all, whether you’re a meat-lover or a vegetarian. Everyone can make this simple dish, whether you’re an amateur or a veteran in the kitchen.
You can also enjoy this dish with rice or bread. Likewise, you can also cook the recipe with more sauce or a little dried up. You can also mash some potatoes while cooking the dish to make the sauce with thicker consistency. Some even add yogurt on the dish, too!
There are countless possible ways to enjoy Pea and Potato Curry – it’s just a matter of personal preference. Nonetheless, there’s no way you’re going to resist this sumptuous dish, so try it now!
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