Gajar Matar ki Sabji | How to make Gajar Matar Sabzi


by Sil Pancho



This Gajar matar ki sabzi is a steamed and sauteed dry dish made with carrots, green peas and minimal spices. Though there are many variations of making carrot and peas dry curry, this recipe is simple and quick to make with a handful of ingredients. This dish makes for an easy lunch or dinner on weeknights. Savor with a roti or paratha for a comforting healthy meal.

gajar matar ki sabzi served in a white bowl

Gajar matar ki sabji is a regular dish in my home. In Hindi language gajar are carrots and matar are green peas. Their combination taste good in many recipes.

Simplicity is the key of this recipe. The three ingredients that flavor the carrot and peas are cumin, green chilies and ginger. That’s it.

The sweetness of the carrots gets very well balanced by the chilies and ginger. The dish is finished off with a sprinkle of the Punjabi garam masala.

You have a flavorful, spiced and delectable gajar matar to be had with some soft roti or paratha or as a side dish with dal-rice or kadhi-rice or curd rice.  if you are having this dish with roti then plain curd will also go well.

gajar matar recipe

This is my mom-in-law’s recipe. I simply love it when I share a recipe that I have learned in my family and which is made often at my home. This is also a no onion and no garlic recipe and gets done easily.

As a variation, sometimes we also add potatoes in this gajar matar sabzi. You can check this recipe of Aloo gajar matar that I had shared earlier.

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The best thing about these dishes is that they are very easy to make. Simple and quick recipes that are made with minimal ingredients and go well with roti or as a side dish. Simple comforting Indian food.

I have made this recipe in a pan. But sometimes I also make it in a stovetop pressure cooker. You can cook this dish in an Instant pot or a stovetop pressure cooker adding water as needed.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Gajar Matar ki Sabji

1. Peel, rinse and chop 4 to 5 medium-sized carrots. Try to chop them into 0.5 inches of cubes or pieces. Set them aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan or kadai. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and fry them till they splutter on low to medium low heat.

sauteing cumin in oil in kadai

2. Add 1 inch finely chopped ginger (about 1 teaspoon chopped ginger) and 1 to 2 chopped green chilies (about 1 teaspoon chopped).

If you want then you can also add ½ teaspoon red chili powder at this step.

ginger and green chilies added

3. Saute for a few seconds or till the raw aroma of the ginger and garlic disappears.

sauteing ginger

4. Add the chopped carrots. You can use orange carrots or red carrots.

chopped carrots added

5. Next add 1 cup green peas. The green peas can be fresh or frozen.

green peas added

6. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes on low to medium low heat.

sauteing the carrots peas

7. Add salt as required.

salt added

8. Add ½ cup water.

water added to carrots and green peas

9. Stir and mix well.

stir and mix well

10. Cover the pan with a lid and let the veggies cook on low to medium low heat.

cooking veggies after covering the pan with lid

11. Keep on checking and stirring the veggies while they cook. if the veggies start to get browned or get stuck to the pan, add a splash of water. Mix and cover the pan to continue cooking.

checking doneness of veggies

12. Cook the veggies for 15 to 20 minutes till they are tender and softened. The water should be dried up and evaporated. There should be no trace or any liquids in the dish. This is a dry dish.

If there is any water in the pan then cook without the lid till the water evaporates and the gajar matar sabzi looks dry.

Lastly once the veggies are cooked and all the water has evaporated then add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder. Stir and mix well.

cooking gajar matar sabji

Garnish the sabzi with 3 tablespoons of coriander leaves or you can mix it with the sabji.

Serve gajar matar sabzi hot with some phulka or paratha or as a side dish with dal-rice combo or kadhi-rice or curd rice.

It can also be packed in the lunch box with a side of roti, paratha or whole wheat bread.

gajar matar ki sabzi served in a white bowl

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This gajar matar sabzi is a delicious dish of dry sauted carrots and fresh green peas.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 30 mins

Servings 3


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This Gajar Matar Sabzi post from the archives (April 2012) has been republished and updated on 13 September 2021.

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