Matar/ Peas ka Nimona from Uttar Pradesh

May 15, 2020

Contributed by Swati Mishra Tiwari

This widely prepared traditional Uttar Pradesh style Matar Ka Nimona is made using peas and just a few spices. This is a soupy curry that goes well with rice or paratha. Best made with fresh peas available during the winter.


  1. Peas/ green chana 2 cups
  2. Potato 1
  3. Large Onion 1
  4. Ginger 1 inch
  5. Cloves of Garlic 6-8
  6. Tomatoes 3
  7. Chilli Powder I tsp
  8. Coriander Powder 2 tbsp
  9. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  10. Garam masala 1 tsp
  11. Jeera 1/2 spoon
  12. Hing a pinch
  13. Salt to taste


  1. Make a coarse paste of the green peas/ green channa
  2. Cut the potato in 1 inch sized cubes and bake for 15-20 mins with a sprinkle of salt (traditionally potatoes are deep fried in mustard oil).
  3. Make a paste of the large Onion, ginger and garlic.
  4. Now, fry the pea paste in three tbsp mustard oil till it leaves sides and emits a wonderful aroma and keep aside.
  5. Add 2 tbsp oil in the cooker. Add jeera and let it turn brown.
  6. Add ginger garlic onion paste till pink and leaves sides. Add tomatoes. Add all masalas. Fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the pea paste and potatoes. Add 3 cups of water and cook for 5-7 minutes.

The Matar ka Nimona is now ready to be served with Rice or Roti.