Winters for us are incomplete if we don’t make Nimona… Rustic flavours and hints of spice make this a family favourite! 👌😊
The onset of winters brings really soft and sweet green peas….and this one of the best ways to enjoy the fresh produce. Nimona is best enjoyed with some short grained rice…lots of salad..a dash of lime and a healthy drizzle of melted ‘ghee‘ over it all! A soul warming meal…☺️
My Mom makes the best Nimona…hands down! It’s a family recipe which I am sharing today…it’s so delicious & healthy.
Let’s start with my Mom’s recipe..
Yield: serves 2
Equipment: a wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.
1 cup coarsely ground fresh raw green peas
1/2 cup shelled fresh raw green peas
1/2 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 cup cubed potato
1/2 cup sliced onions
1-2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 cup cubed tomato
5-6 tbsp mustard oil (use any oil of your choice)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)
1-2 nos Bay leaf
1 nos. slit green chilly
1/2 tbsp cumin pwd
1/2 tbsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp degi mirch
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
salt to taste
lemon juice as needed
Heat oil in the wok, shallow fry the cubes of potatoes & cauliflower florets until golden brown, drain them from the oil and set aside.
Now, add bay leaf, Jeera & hing in the same oil. Once these crackle a bit, add the onions & ginger-garlic paste. Sauté until golden brown. Then add all the spices except salt & Garam masala. Cook until the oil is seperated from the spices. Now, add tomatoes and cook again until the oil seperates once again.
Then, add the ground green peas and sauté for 5-8 mins on low heat. Season with salt at this stage & add the garam masala. Give it a good mix…add the fried veggies now. Sauté for 4-5 mins to incorporate the flavours. Now add some water to correct he consistency of the gravy and cover to let it boil for about 5-8 mins on low heat. That’s it….turn off the heat…taste and adjust the seasonings. Add a dash of lemon juice! Enjoy 😬
Make the most of the Winters….😀