Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Aloo Matar (Potato And Pea Curry)

Whoever said its easy to care for your elderly sick parents? I am not at all with those who profess on social media that they have bundles of patience, and they give all the best to their not well parents. Well and good to those who give their undivided love, lets not even mention those who preach something, but behind close doors abuse their parents. I on the other hand am falling apart with caring for mum. Maybe she is sick, sometimes I wonder if she wants attention more than anything else? We all want attention by the way, but with the elderly, unbelievable. No doubt, I can understand when life narrow down for parents, mothers especially, I feel, maybe I am wrong, mothers fuss hell of a lot when they are not well or even when they are well. The best part is that some family members will wash their hands in the name of busyness, and because I work from home, how easy to put mum to my care? Mum and I have never been best of friends, blame it on the generation gap, so, can you imagine how colorful it is right now in my house?

We end up arguing, I break down and cry, she then sulks saying that I am complaining because I have to care for her. God have mercy please. Actually, the fact is that I myself am learning to cope with caring for her, not easy. Enough going on, so cooking is narrowed down (Moor Kolumbu/Yogurt Curry, Fish Ball Cabbage Fried Rice, Nasi Goreng Belacan, Indian Yogurt Soup, Tomato Vegetable Soup, Kerabu Taugeh & Fish Sodhi). Because she fuss about my cooking too, sometimes I pack food from outside (Maggi Goreng Mamak), other times, I try to please her. I try my best to put her favourites on the tables, this Aloo Matar I believe is one of the it. With rice, with bread, or with tosai. Potatoes (Urulaikilangu Poriyal, Chilli Stir Fried Potatoes & Tapioca Poriyal) and Green Peas (Asian Green Peas Soup) are the sung heroes, Aloo Matar  its a creamy, tad-bit spicy and an aromatic thick curry. Oh, this dish ended up not to her liking, I then had to crack my head on what should I do? 

3 medium size potatoes - remove skin and cut into chunks. 
1 tsp turmeric powder
5 shallots - remove skin
5 garlic - remove skin
1 tsp plain chilli powder
1 cup frozen green peas
1 1/2 tbsp yoghurt - lightly beaten
Salt for taste

For tempering
2 tbsp oil
4 to 5 dried red chillies - cut/snip into pieces
3 sprigs curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds

Simmer potatoes with shallots, garlic, turmeric powder, chilli powder and enough water. 
When potatoes are soft and mushy, add green peas and season with salt. 
Stir and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and gently combine in yoghurt.
In another pan/wok, quickly fry the tempering ingredients.
Tip into curry and stir. 
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  1. Aloo and matar always a great combination in curries... Love it to the core...

  2. I'm so sorry to learn about your mom, but life still has to go on. Stay strong & I pray that things will turn for the better, Nava. xoxo

  3. Wow what a tasty and delicious Recipe yum yum <3

  4. one of my fav
    keep in touch

  5. one of my fav
    keep in touch

  6. It is a common habit of aged ones!they will be like babies...dont b depressed! she needs your caring....God bless you girl!!!!!

    Aloo mutter looks yummy

  7. Dear....We will pray for her speedy recovery.......and this aloo mattar looks stunning.... :)

  8. Sorry to hear about your mom. I wish her a speedy recovery. Stay strong my friend. All are begs wishes are with you. :)

    This aloo matar looks scrumptious. Simple, quick and yummy. Very nice. :)

  9. Don't be upset with your current situation, such times are to be faced strongly as eventually they will make your character even stronger. Sufferings are the lessons to be learnt, just be happy for they have come to liberate you and keep posting yummy recipes!!.....oh God that was too philosophical for a food!
    Love ur matar paneer!!

  10. sorry about your mom. Do stay strong Nava. This will be over sooner or later. Once she is better then you will have back what you had

  11. Hi Nava, first of all, my sincere apologies for MIA as have been quite occupied recently. Love this potato and pea curry of yours. The color of the curry itself is already seeing me drooling.... Thumbs up to you and Happy Valentine's Day to you :)

  12. such a creamy looking aaloo mattar... dont' worry dear, all will be fine...

  13. Its always better to work somewhere outside than home coz the work is never ending.. in ur case i know its so diff to tk cr of ur mom n concentrate on everything else as well.. hope she feels better soon xoxo

  14. Dont loose hope...and I like the creamy texture of the gravy

  15. Potato and peas is a wonderful combo....Curry looks absolutely smashing!! Wonderful color...

  16. This is a favourite of mine too. Great combo! I'm sorry to learn that that your mom's condition is taking time to improve. Take care, Nava. Hoping that things will be better soon.

  17. hope aunty recovers soon..your aloo matar curry looks simply delicious...loved all the flavours used.

  18. Aloo Matar is a favourite, my mum makes it all the time :D

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  19. Interesting and delicious combo...well made and presented...looks so spicy and yummy!

  20. hope your mom will be normal soon....
    this curry looks delicious,we cook cashew and peas together,now this is a combination for me to try.
    Have a Great weekend!

  21. Aloo mattar looks delicious with your unique touch...I pray for your mom's speedy recovery...

  22. Hope mama recovers soon. Please don't give p hope.
    Aloo matar is my favorite but I never get a chance to make as my daughter doesnot like matar and makes a big fuss and then I loose my enthu of having it.:)

  23. Let God shower good health and a speedy recovery for your mom !!! Classic combo and one of the best side course for any indian flatbread!!!

  24. This is universally loved all over India...

  25. Hope your mom get better its difficult to juggle to much the food look delicious.


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