Green Peas Foxnut Curry | Matar Makhana Curry

Green peas / hara matar is always available in my pantry whether the season for the green peas (winter season) is there or not. Either in frozen or in fresh form, I love to have these green beauties at my place. Since for current month the event ‘A to Z Recipe Challenge‘ has come up with the alphabet G. That means, there must be a recipe post having the main ingredient name starting with alphabet G. So I opted G for Green Peas and have prepared a dish as ‘Green Peas Foxnut Curry‘ or ‘Matar Makhana Curry‘.

This is a creamy and mild flavored curry basically having the main ingredient as green peas and fox nuts (makhana). The base of the curry is variable one. One may use onion-garlic, one may not. The creaminess can be come from the cream or curd or cashews / almonds. Well I have prepared the curry in no-onion-no-garlic version.

Also the curry has the perfect creaminess due to the addition of some cashew paste which yields a mild sweet taste and smooth texture. First the makhana / fox-nuts are roasted in oil till brown. Then a gravy of tomato and cashew was prepared and the green peas (frozen / fresh) are allowed to cook in that gravy. After that the roasted makhanas are added to the curry. So the dish is very easy to prepare and quick as well. 

This green peas fox-nuts curry is totally vegan as well as gluten free too. It tastes really yum along with particularly Indian flat-breads like roti / paratha / poori or even one can have this with some flavored pulao. Also this dish surely takes its place in menu list during any festivities as it doesn’t use any onion / garlic. So do try to enjoy the creamy delicious curry.

Recipe Card for ‘Green Peas Fox-nut Curry | Matar Makhana Curry :

Green peas, makhana, fox-nuts, side dish, Vegan, Gluten free, No onion garlic version,

Side dish, Vegan, Gluten free, No onion garlic version



Green Peas Foxnut Curry / Matar Makhana Curry

a creamy and mild flavored curry using green peas and fox nuts (makhanas) in without onion & garlic and vegan version

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 35 M


  • Green peas 1 1/2 cup
  • Makhana (fox-nut) 3/4 cup
  • Ginger (grated) 1 tsp
  • Tomato puree 2 cup
  • Cashew 6-7 no.
  • Cinnamon 1/2 inch
  • Green cardamom 1 no.
  • Cumin seed 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp + for sprinkling
  • Coriander leaves for sprinkling
  • Oil 3 tbsp
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Water as needed
  • Salt as needed


How to cook Green Peas Foxnut Curry / Matar Makhana Curry

  1. First grind cashews with little water to get a smooth creamy paste and keep aside.
  2. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and fry lotus seeds / makhana until turn golden color over medium heat.
  3. Transfer to a plate and add remaining oil (2 tbsp) to the pan.
  4. When oil is hot enough start adding cinnamon, whole green cardamom, cumin seeds and allow to crackle.
  5. Next add grated ginger and saute for 1 minute.
  6. Add tomato puree along with red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt.
  7. Mix everything and cook till oil starts coming out from the masala mixture.
  8. Then add little amount of water along with the cashew paste and sugar.
  9. Stir for 1-2 minutes and next add green peas, water.
  10. Mix well and allow to cook till green peas becomes soft and tender over low to medium heat.
  11. Then add roasted makhana / fox nuts and again cook for 3-4 minutes.
  12. Turn off heat and sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves along with little amount of garam masala.
  13. Serve hot as a side dish with Indian flat-breads (poori / paratha / roti) or even with pulao.


The gravy consistency is desirable, so add less / more water accordingly along with green peas.

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  1. Priya Iyer

    Wow, the curry looks delicious! 🙂 I love makhana ki sabzi and green peas masala, but have never tried using both the ingredients together in the same dish.

    Love the recipe!

  2. Kalyani

    of all the dishes I generally cook, I love bookmarking different side dish gravies for Chapati / Roti. this is an absolute winner having two of our favourite ingreidnts – Makhana and green peas !

  3. cookwithrenu

    I had used makhana only in kheer or asa munching snack. But after marraige came to know that its bhaji can be done too. You have made one healthy and a lip-smacking bowl by adding makhana and peas in one. Looks very inviting.

  4. Shobha

    Even in Sindhi Cuisine we use makhanas a lot .. curry looks delicious 😋

  5. Superduper kitchen
    Superduper kitchen

    Makhana sabzi is one of my favs. I have never used makhana with any other veg. One more option for me to make as an accompaniment for roti. Nice recipe…

  6. Vidya Narayan

    Two great ingredients, a flavourful gravy makes a yum side dish for everyday meals. Love the combination of peas and makhana, they are one of my favourite combos too.

  7. Rafeeda AR

    Such a beautiful looking gravy with a low calorie power house… loving this recipe…

  8. Mayuri Patel

    A wonderful way to enjoy makhana. Love having curries with makhana. Wonder why restaurants don't offer that on the menu. I love how creamy the gravy looks.

  9. Sujata Roy

    Makhana curry looks absolutely delicious. I also make makhana curry frequently. Love the creamy texture of the gravy. And best thing is its perfect for fasting days. Lovely share.

  10. Vanitha

    Such a beautiful combination! I do have some foxnuts in my pantry…will try this creamy curry soon 🙂 I too add cashews to my gravies for more creaminess and richness! Love it dear <3

  11. Swati

    Loved your version of Makhane and matar ki subzi.. I too make it but in slightly different way..Loved your idea of adding cashew paste to add the creaminess.

  12. Poonam Bachhav

    I add khoya to my makhana curry. Next time will try your version.The curry looks great.

  13. mildly indian

    such a delicious curry here. i have never tried makhana curry. it will be brilliant to try it.

  14. Aruna

    I loved the red colour of the gravy and the contrast with the green peas. You added foxnuts elevate this everyday curry to something special. 🙂

  15. Geetanjali

    The curry looks incredible with bold flavors! Great idea to use foxnuts in curry. I just need some hot naan or paratha to finish the bowl 🙂 Lovely share!

  16. JollyHomemadeRecipes

    A beautiful combination of curry matar with makhana & the curry looks absolutely delish. I also make matar curry frequently but never used makhana in curry. Love the texture of the gravy.

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