Authentic Matar/Chana Nimona Recipe

Nimona is a process for preserving/preparing green matar / chana for off season use. Making nimona is very simple, jus crush green peas and dry them in bright sun light. These dried pea is called Nimona and curry made from this pea is also know as Nimona. But now day as Pea is available in all season this dish using fresh green pees/chick pee as Nimona is now made from fresh pea only.


Nimona can be made from any fresh lentil, pea, fresh chest nuts etc.

Note: Spicy Badi known as Kohrauri in Purvanchal is key ingredient of this recipe

Ingredients for 2-3 serves:

  1. Green matar(Crushed) / nimona 1.5 cup.(Any pea/lentil/chest nut)
  2. Onion 1 medium size.
  3. Garlic 6-7 cloves (optional).
  4. Ginger 1 table spoon
  5. Coriander powder 1 table spoon
  6. Turmeric powder 1/4 table spoon
  7. Cumin seeds 2-3 pinch
  8. Salt to test
  9. Spicy Badi (Kohrauri) 2 pc
  10. Garam Masala(optional) 1-2 pinch
  11. Mustered oil (4-5 table spoon)
  12. Potato 1 or 1/2 cup (optional with skin)
  13. Tomato 1-2(optional)
  14. Green coriander leaves

How to make Nimona

  1. Crush green peas using grinder or Mortar.
  2. Cut 1/3rd  onion in slices or make ring of onion.
  3. Make pest of onion, Ginger, Garlic, Coriander and Turmeric.
  4. Heat oil in a pan( Prefer iron Pan as it is good for health)
  5. Put kohrauri and stir till it get dark brown and take out from pan and keep aside.
  6. Add cumin seeds, after some moment add onion slices or rings and stir till brown.
  7. Add pest to it and keep stir until it gets brown
  8. Now add peas to it and add salt and fry it until colour of mixture gets changed.
  9. After this add 2-3 cups water, add potato and kohrauri to it.
  10. Boil until potato gets softer.
  11. Finally add tomato, 2 pinch of garam masala and boil it for 1-2 minuets.

Garnish curry with coriander leaves and serve with rice and roti.

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