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Dashain Delight: Nepali Potatoes & Green Peas Achar Recipe!



Hi guys, welcome to Pabs Kitchen. Today, I’m making a classic Nepali dish known as "Aloo Matar Filunge ko Achar" or Potatoes, Green Peas, and Niger Seeds Achar. This is a beloved dish in my region, especially during the festival season. It's simple, delicious, and perfect for celebrating Dashain or any special occasion. If you can't find Niger seeds, don't worry; you can substitute them with sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds. Let's get started and enjoy this flavorful dish!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized potatoes

  • 1 cup green peas (fresh or dried, soaked in water)

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup spring coriander, roughly chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced

  • 1 tsp coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp hung plum or Lapsi powder (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder (adjust to taste)

  • Salt to taste

  • 2 tbsp Niger seed powder (or sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds)

  • 3-4 tbsp mustard oil

  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

  • A pinch of turmeric powder

  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions:

  1. Boil the Potatoes:

    • Slit the potatoes slightly on one side to help them cook evenly.

    • Place the potatoes in a pot, add enough water to cover them, and cook with the lid on over medium to high heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are soft.

    • Test their doneness by poking them with a fork; if it goes in easily, remove them from heat and let them cool.


  1. Prepare Niger Seed (or Substitute) Powder:

    • While the potatoes are cooking, dry roast the Niger seeds (or substitute) in a pan over medium heat until they crackle.

    • Blend or pound the roasted seeds into a fine powder and set it aside.


  1. Prepare the Achar:

    • Once the potatoes have cooled down, peel the skin and chop them into bite-sized cubes.

    • In a large bowl, combine the chopped potatoes, green peas, finely chopped onion, roughly chopped spring coriander, minced garlic, and ginger.

    • Add coriander powder, hung plum or Lapsi powder (if using), red chili powder, salt, and Niger seed powder. Mix everything well.


  1. Prepare the Oil Seasoning:

    • Heat 3-4 tbsp of mustard oil in a pan.

    • Add fenugreek seeds and fry until they turn dark.

    • Add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix.


  1. Combine Everything:

    • Pour the seasoned oil mixture over the minced garlic and ginger in the bowl.

    • Combine all the ingredients well and add lemon juice for a tangy kick.


  1. Final Touch:

    • Adjust the spiciness by adding fresh chopped chilies if desired.

    • Your delicious and easy Potatoes, Green Peas, and Niger Seeds Achar are ready!


Enjoy this flavorful achar as a side dish with your Dashain celebration or any meal. If you liked this recipe, please subscribe to my channel, like the video, and hit the bell icon for more culinary delights. Thank you for watching, and happy cooking! Bye!

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