KAAJU MAWA MUTTER - A dipsome delight for Rotis, Puris and Naan - No Onion and No Garlic

I picked this recipe from one of Chef. Venkatesh Bhat's shows.I was surprised with the minimal ingredients he used and there was no addition of Onion and Garlic - the main flavour enhancers. So, What next ? I had to try this Kaaju Mawa Mutter. When anglicized, it is green peas cooked in a rich dried whole milk and cashew nut  gravy. Sounds exotic, indeed. It is a killer combo. This recipe finds its frequenting in the kitchens of Rajasthan during weddings and ceremonies and is apparently sourced from the Shekhawat community. 


The addition of Khoa/Mawa gives creaminess. When coupled with cashew nuts it gives volume, thickness and a nutty feel with a slight tang from the tomatoes. The spice powders do the rest for balancing. I got a 5 star rating from hubby who happens to be a hardcore Southie fan. That said, I get to add one more to the list of his favourites from the North Indian cuisine. Scroll down for the recipe and I am assured that you will be impressed. 



Preparation time: 30 min
Cooking time: 10 min
Cuisine: Rajasthani
Difficulty Level: Easy
Spice Level: Moderate
Serves: 3-4
Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16 g24 %
Saturated Fat 5 g26 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg2 %
Sodium 300 mg12 %
Potassium 180 mg5 %
Total Carbohydrate 24 g8 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g23 %
Sugars 13 g
Protein 10 g21 %
Vitamin A41 %
Vitamin C52 %
Calcium16 %
Iron6 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
INGREDIENTS

  • 100 gm Mawa/Khoa/ Dried whole milk ( if frozen, crumble it first)
  • 1 1/2 cups of boiled green peas ( fresh/ frozen)
  • 12-15 cashew nuts soaked in 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 big tomatoes- roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder/dheghi mirch
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar ( optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp of peanut oil
  • 1 tsp butter / 1 tbsp cream for for topping
METHOD
  • Pressure cook/boil peas in water with  a dash of salt and turmeric. Reserve around 1 1/2  cup of water and drain the rest.Set aside. 
  • Grind the soaked cashew nuts to a smooth paste and set aside.
  • In a thick bottomed kadai, heat oil  on low flame and fry Khoa. The crumbled pieces should turn a slight amber and resemble grated coconut.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and  a dash of salt. Cook  on medium heat until it turns mushy. 
  • Add all the spice powders, mix well. 
  • Simmer the flame and add cashew nut paste, salt to taste and 1 cup of  reserved water. 
  • Let it froth for a minute. Then add the boiled peas and another 1/2 a cup of water.
  • Check for salt and spice and add what is required. Continue cooking until the gravy thickens. Add sugar. Stir and switch off.
  • Stir in 1 tbsp cream or 1 tsp butter into the hot gravy before serving.
  • Serve hot with Phulkas, Roti, Naan, Puri or any Pulao.
NOTE
  • The extra 1/2 cup of water is to prevent the cashew nut paste from charring at the bottom of your pan. 
  • When you cook peas add one or two granules of crystal salt. This is sufficient to infuse salt into the peas. 




Comments

  1. Pictures are tempting me to try it dear :)

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  2. Absolutely delicious������

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  3. Tempting though seldom I use mawa. I love this delicious veg dish certainly.

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  4. That is such a creamy and rich curry... looks so good, would love to scoop up with some rotis...

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