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Easy Indian Recipe: Cauliflower and Peas- Gobi Mattar

July 22, 2018

Gobi Mattar

1 cauliflower head- florets cut into ½ inch pieces

1 cup frozen peas

3 tablespoons extra light olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 inch ginger, chopped

2 serrano chilies, deseeded and chopped

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 cup cilantro, chopped and divided in half

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon turmeric

2 teaspoons coriander powder

1 teaspoon garam masala

In a large wide saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, ginger and green chilies. Saute on high heat for a minute and add the cumin seeds. Saute for 4-5 minutes on medium high heat. Add the cauliflower florets and half cup cilantro. Add the salt, turmeric and coriander powder. Saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and cover for about 10 minutes or till the cauliflower is cooked. Take the lid off and add the peas. Mix well and cook for a few minutes till the peas are warmed through. Add the remaining cilantro and garam masala. Check for seasonings.

Roasted Eggplant with Peas

April 2, 2017
  • 1 medium sized eggplant

Place the eggplant on to a grill or under a broiler. Char the skin from all sides, making sure the eggplant is nice is tender once done- about 10 to 15 minutes. Keep aside and let cool, take skin off and mash with a fork.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons stems of fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons stems of fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup peas
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped

Heat a heavy saucepan with the oil. Add the dill, cilantro, onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the coriander powder, turmeric, salt and cayenne pepper. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and sauté for an addition 3 to 4 minutes. Add the eggplant and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes. Add the peas, cilantro and dill. Mix well and let cook for 5 to 6 minutes or till the peas are heated through. Check for seasonings and serve warm.

Mattar Paneer (Peas with Paneer) in Cilantro Sauce

December 14, 2016

A classic made a little different… I love, love cilantro- so I used it as a base for this dish… so, so good!!

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves, skin off
  • 6 to 7 scallions, ends cut off and halved
  • ½ cup full fat yogurt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 12 ounces paneer, cut into 1 inch squares and soaked in warm water (for an hour)
  • 1½ cups frozen peas
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Transfer the cilantro, cumin, garlic, scallions, yogurt, water, salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper and ground coriander to a blender. Blend till a smooth sauce is formed. Keep aside.

Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil. Add the cilantro sauce and sauté on medium heat, stirring every couple of minutes, for about 20 minutes. Drain the paneer and add to the sauce. Mix well and bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the frozen peas, bring to a boil and simmer for another 5 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro.

Gobi Mattar: Cauliflower and Peas

January 25, 2016

Shredded Cauliflower and Peas

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, florets separated and shredded
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro for garnish

In a large wok-like pan heat the olive oil on medium high heat. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Saute for a minute, or till the seeds begin to sizzle. Add the grated ginger and shredded cauliflower. Saute for at least 20 minutes on medium high heat, stirring constantly, or till the cauliflower begins to turn golden brown. Add coriander powder, turmeric, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix well and sauté for another 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the peas and sauté for another 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and cilantro. Mix well and check for seasonings before serving.

Ma Po Tofu with Peas

February 24, 2013

Ma Po Tofu with Peas This is my husband’s favorite thing to order in Chinese restaurants. It is a Szechuan dish and so not really available in a lot of the restaurants. The dish is also on the greasy side- like any other that we tend to order in the restaurant. As usual I try to make it at home. It doesn’t taste exactly the same but it tastes good and I know it is healthy.

Usually the dish is made with ground pork and soft tofu with a delicious sauce. I used my usual ground turkey, which is my ‘go to’ ground meat. It is much healthier- I use dark turkey meat so the taste is really good.

I marinated the meat with some tamari and corn starch. The corn starch was to thicken the sauce while cooking the dish.  I then prepared a sauce consisting of black bean sauce, chili garlic sauce, ketchup and vinegar. I made a delicious sauce and got the tofu ready. I decided to make the dish a one pot meal and added some peas to it. I thought it was a good addition to the dish and I didn’t have to worry about serving a vegetable on the side.

Try this dish- it is easy, quick and super delicious….

  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • 3 teaspoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Mix the tamari with the cornstarch. Marinate the turkey meat with the cornstarch mixture for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 teaspoons black bean sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Mix the tamari, bean sauce chili paste, ketchup, vinegar and honey in a small bowl. Keep aside.

  • 1 pound silken or firm tofu, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons water

Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and keep aside.

Heat a wok-like saucepan with the oil. Add the ground turkey and sauté on high heat and separating the meat with the back of the spatula. Cook on high for 4 to 5 minutes till golden brown. Add the tamari sauce and mix well. Add the tofu and frozen peas. Mix well and bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch mixture and bring to another boil. Check for seasonings and serve with brown rice.

Cilantro and Dill Rice with Green Peas

September 19, 2010

Cilantro and Dill Rice with Green Peas This green rice has amazing flavor with cilantro and dill. The great thing is that the rice is cooked in the green sauce.

I blended a mixture of cilantro, dill, green onions and garlic. I then sauteed the sauce in oil and cumin seeds. This mixture smells amazing and can be used as a basic sauce for cooking all sorts of things- including shrimp, chicken or any kind of vegetables.

I then added some basmati rice, water or chicken broth and cooked the rice as I normally would. Right before the rice is done, I add a cup of frozen peas. I let the rice sit with the lid on and the peas cook in the steam.

This rice is delicious as a side dish with anything or even as light meal.

I love making it with some lentils on the side and I have a perfectly balanced dinner.

Try this rice next time you are looking for a side dish or a snack…
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Indian Style Sauteed Mushrooms and Peas

August 10, 2010

Mushrooms and Peas Indian Style I love mushrooms- I can eat them three times a day, seven days a week. My daughter is the same way- she especially loves mushrooms on her pizza. She is very particular about the kind of mushroom on the pizza, though- they can be canned ones. She wants the fresh ones- I don’t blame her.

Anyway, this is a great side dish to make with any entree with chicken, fish or pork.

It is very easy to make. I sauteed the mushrooms with onions, garlic and cumin seeds. Once the mushrooms are cooked down and all the water is evaporated, I added the peas. They add great color and a yummy sweetness to the dish.

We had it with some sauteed chicken sausages but this concoction will be delicious on top of pizza as well. Try this mushrooms and peas dish- you will love it…
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