Aloo Matar - No Onion Garlic

If your taste buds are craving for an Indian curry, try this Instant Pot Aloo Matar Recipe without Onion-Garlic that is ready in 1 minute! It will be a definite addition to your recipe file. This alluring and simple curry is prepared with aloo (potato), matar (green peas) and basic Indian spices.

Aloo Matar served in a rustic bowl

This classic, delightful and effortless Indian dish is too good to be missed.

In this finger-licking curry, potatoes and green peas are cooked in a tomato gravy with basic spices. Although in this recipe no onion and garlic have been used, the curry is still full of flavour.

Aloo Matar is pretty easy to rustle up whether you use onion garlic or not. A crowd-pleaser curry which can be prepared when you are restricted to not use onion and garlic on religious occasions.

Aloo Matar-No Onion Garlic curry is a healthy, quick and simple to make. This delicious curry prepared with humble vegetables such as potato, green peas and tomato. Easy healthy side dish which is perfect with roti or puri.

Aloo Matar

Sometimes we overlook simple recipes. Aloo Matar is cooked often at home but we've never thought about putting the recipe on the blog.

Recently, I had some friends come around whilst I was at uni. I had promised them I'd cook for them - so obviously, I just unpacked the food from home that my Mum had cooked and sent over to me! Spoilt, I know.

I took out Paneer Jalfrezi and this Aloo Matar alongside some rice and Gujarati chapatis. It was all finished and wiped up pretty quick! When I told them the recipe of the aloo matar, they couldn't believe how easy it was to make!

In a bid to tackle the notion that curry is hard to make, here is our easy and quick Aloo Matar without onion and garlic.

It's great for students as it is budget-friendly, doesn't require a lot of ingredients and most are non-perishable. As it has no onion and garlic, no need to worry about lingering curry smells!

Easy Instant Pot Aloo Matar

Will you believe me if I tell you that I made this Aloo Matar in the Instant Pot in ONLY 1 MINUTE?! Yep, you read that right - 1 minute on Low Pressure is all that is needed for this recipe.

You will have perfectly cooked potatoes that are soft yet not falling apart. Bonus that you don't have to stand around and stir!

You can also use a normal pressure cooker to make the curry.

If you do not own a pressure cooker, then the stovetop method is also included.

Aloo Matar-No Onion Garlic curry is a healthy, quick and simple to make. This delicious curry prepared with humble vegetables such as potato, green peas and tomato. Easy healthy side dish which is perfect with roti or puri.

Ingredients for Aloo Matar

Potatoes - normal white potatoes work fine. Try not to choose floury potatoes as they will be more mushy

Peas - frozen or fresh peas

Tomato - use crushed tomatoes or passata

Green chilli and ginger - crushed. Use fresh/frozen/bottled

Spices - red chilli powder, turmeric, ground cumin and coriander and garam masala

Mustard and Cumin Seeds - for tempering

Kasoori Methi - adds unique flaour and you won't miss any onion-garlic flavours in this dish.


Peel the potatoes (pic 1)

Cut the potatoes (pic 2)

Select saute mode for 5 minutes and heat oil in the inner pot (pic 3)

Add mustard, cumin seeds and hing/asafoetida (pic 4)

Once they splutter add tomato puree (pic 5)

Add crushed ginger-chillies (pic 6)

Now tip in all the spices and cook well. (pic 7)

Add kasoori methi (pic 8)

Add frozen green pea (pic 9).

Chopped potatoes (pic 10)

Mix well (pic 11)

Add salt (pic 12)

And add little water first (pic 13)

Check if needed water add some more (pic 14)

Cancel the saute mode and close the lid (pic 15)

Select LOW-PRESSURE COOKER mode and choose +1 minute. (pic 16)

After 5 minutes NPR open the lid, check the potatoes by cutting it with the spoon. Add freshly chopped coriander and serve hot (pic 17)


Peel the potatoes using vegetable peeler or knife. (pic 1)

Cut it into small chunks and wash it under the running water (pic 2)

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, add mustard and cumin seeds plus hing (pic 3)

Add tomato puree once seeds crackle (pic 4)

Let it cook puree for a couple of minutes then add green chillies and ginger (pic 5)

You'll see oil leaving the pan (pic 6)

Add all the spices and cook further. (pic 7)

Add kasoori methi (pic 8)

Add green pea (pic 9)

Now add potatoes (pic 10)

Mix well and add water (pic 11)

Cover  the pan with the lid and cook the curry on medium heat for 12-15 minutes, you may check halfway through cooking, if needed add more water (pic 12)

Check the potatoes (pic 13)

Once done, turn off the heat and add freshly chopped coriander and serve (pic 14)

You may want to check out our  No Onion Garlic Curry/Daal Recipes

1. Cauliflower and Potato Curry (no onion garlic)

2. Veg Paneer Makkhanwala (no onion garlic)

3. Rasadar Kala Chana Nu Saak (Black Chickpea Curry-no onion garlic)

4. Farali Bhinda (okra no onion garlic)

Aloo Matar, Aloo matar without onion garlic, Easy aloo matar
Yield: 4-6 servings



Aloo Matar, this classic, delightful and effortless Indian dish is too good to be missed. In this finger-licking curry, potatoes and green peas are cooked in a tomato gravy with basic spices.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M


  • 4 big potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 250g green peas frozen or fresh
  • 175 g passata or tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Minced fresh ginger and green chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp. Oil
  • 1 Tsp. mustard and cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. red Chilli Powder
  • 3/4 tbsp. turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp. ground cumin and coriander
  • 1/2 Tsp. garam Masala
  • 1 Tsp. kasoori methi ( dry fenugreek leaves) optional
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh coriander leaves to garnish



  1. Mix tomato puree and fresh green chillies and ginger.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, kadai or pressure cooker.
  3. Add mustard and cumin seeds, once they crackle add tomato mix.
  4. Lower the heat and cook the tomato mixture till oil separates the pan.
  5. Add kasoori methi and all the spices masala and salt. 
  6. Cook the masala for a minute then add peas and potatoes.
  7. Mix well and about 300ml water. If you are using pressure cooker use less water.
  8. Cover the lid of the pan, kadai or pressure cooker and let the curry cook.
  9. If you are using pressure cooker turn off the heat after 2 whistles and let the cooker cool itself.
  10. If using pan or kadai, keep checking the water level, if needed add little more water.
  11. The consistency of the gravy should be like tomato soup and potatoes should not be mushy but well done.
  12. Once done turn off the heat.
  13. Serve in a serving bowl and garnish it with fresh coriander.
  14. Serve with hot piping roti, naan or puri.
  15. Enjoy!


I have used frozen peas.
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  1. I find aloo matar and puri as a best comfort. The spicy aloo matar with soft puffed up puri is match made in heaven.

  2. Perfectly done. Love to have it with Puri or chapati

  3. Sometimes those recipies which we make often will never get place in our blog😉...this aloo matar is droolworthy..

  4. Simple comfort food at it's best! All your pictures bring the food alive! Keep it up!

  5. Such a classic and all time favourite dish. You are right Jagruti - we somehow forget that these simple dishes are the ones that make a hearty meal. you know the one we say - ghar ka khana. Pics are stunning

  6. Aloo Matar and Poori is one of the best combos ever. Simple yet most loved. I simply love ur pics.each and every click brilliantly composed..awesome

  7. Love aloo matar. All pics are excellent..

  8. This is one of my fav combo.. Aloo and Matar i go crazy over them.. Delicious curry and super tempting clicks

  9. Aloo matar is a favorite in winters but here we make it whenever we want thanks o frozen peas. Loved this no onion garlic version of yours.

  10. I love a potato curry on a cold night. I also use frozen peas throughout the year too.

  11. This is our all time favorite curry, I make it at least once a week. We like using fresh peas.

  12. Lovely one, these are such handy ones. I do buy green peas in the season and stack them.

  13. This is such a classic dish and the pics are literally tempting me to grab the bowl off the screen!!!

  14. This looks yum. I love how easy the preperation is. I often make this


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