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Sem Matar Aloo

Sem (or Surti papdi/ Valor papdi) is also known as Lima beans in English. These annual beans are from the Fabaceae family (similar to green/French beans and peas). Sem is rich in dietary fibers, vitamin A, C and K . It is also considered as a medicinal plant. There is a variety of dishes made with Sem. Here I am presenting a very delicious and healthy dry veg preparation from North India.....

Sem Matar Aloo

(serves 4) 
  • Sem about 300 gms
  • Potato 1 medium
  • Green peas ½ cup
  • Oil 2 tbsp 
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida 2 pinches
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder 1½ tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp or to taste
  • Dry mango powder (Amchoor powder) ½ tsp
  • A little bit of garam masala
Sem Matar Aloo
Sem/ Sruti Papdi/ Indian green beans

Method of preparation:

  1. Remove the pointed sides and strings of the sem and wash them thoroughly. Pat dry the sem on the kitchen towel.
  2. Now cut the sem into small pieces.
  3. Peel, wash, and cut the poatoes into half inch pieces .
Sem Matar Aloo
Sem cut into small pieces
  1. In a wok, heat oil on medium heat. Add cumin seeds . When seeds change the color add asafoetida. Now add turmeric powder, sem, and potatoes. Mix well and fry for a couple of minutes. Add salt, red chili powder, and coriander powder. Mix well. Fry for a minute.
  2. Cover the lid and cook the vegetables on low heat until veggies are about half way cooked.
  3. Add green peas and cook until sem, peas and potatoes are tender (Takes about 5 minutes).
Sem Matar Aloo
  1. Add dry mango powder (amchoor powder) and a little bit of garam masala. Fry the vegetables for a couple of minutes.
  2. Delicious and nutritious sem matar aloo is ready to serve. Serve with Roti or Plain Paratha.

Some Tips/ Suggestions:

  1. I usually get only frozen green peas which are tender, that is why I have added peas in step 6. In case you are using fresh green peas, add them with sem and aloo.

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