Saturday, 25 February 2012

Matar Daal (Nimona)

A tasty and very healthy daal made of fresh peas which is known as Nimona localy  and is a speciality of Eastern UP. It's a delicacy of UP enjoyed hot with rice or chapatis in chilled winters as peas are abundunt in this season.

Ingredients - 
Matar ( peas) - 1/2 kg
Onion chopped - 1 medium
Spring onions chopped - 2
Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Ginger paste - 1 tsp

Green chilli paste - 1 tsp
Tomato - 2
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp

Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Coriander leaves - a bunch

For tadka - 
Clarified butter ( pure ghee) - 2 tbsp
Red whole chilli - 2
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Method -

1. Shell the peas and  divide it into two parts. Dry grind coarsely half of it.
2. Heat a pressure cooker and put oil in it.
3. Fry the onion and spring onions until brown.
4. Add garlic, ginger, chilli paste and all the dry masala and fry it for a while.
5. Chop the tomatoes and add in the masala and fry until oil separates.
6. Add the ground matar and the remaining half and fry it for few minutes stirring it continuously.
7. Pour two cups of warm water and mix it nicely.
8. Pressure cook until 2 whistels on a medium heat. Take it off the heat and let it cool down.
9. Transfer it in a serving dish.
10. In a frying pan heat ghee and put chilli, cumin seeds and when splutterd put it in the serving dish over matar daal. Garnish with chopped coriander.
11. Serve it hot with rice, paratha or chappatis and enjoy this tasty daal.


  1. first time on this blog loved all ur recipes ...i also belong to lko .....hopefully will get to see more UP receipes .....good luck to you

  2. Thank you Ritu for your nice comment n for liking my blog, hope u keep visiting the blog for new recipes....if you have some personal favourite dish of UP then let me know.



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