Gajar Matar is one easy and healthy side dish. I like the colors in this preparation. Lot of flavor depends upon the freshness of the carrot and peas used. Though frozen peas in US are pretty good but as for carrot they vary in taste so much at different times.
Also Gajar Matar taste better with Red Carrots commonly found in India. Here in US I haven't seen any other except Orange. But it's still tasty.
2 cup diced Carrot
2 cup frozen peas (Thawed)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp carrom seeds (Ajwain)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of asafoetida
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp dry mango powder (Amchur)
Salt to taste
Heat a pan and add oil. Add carrom seeds, mustard seeds and asfoetida. When seed start to sizzle add dice carrots. Season it with salt. Stir well and cover the pan. Lower the heat and let it cook for 5 minutes.
Now add peas. Stir well and all dry powders except dry mango. Again cover the pan and cook it covered for 5 minutes. Check for doneness of carrot . If you want it more cooked let it cook for another couple of minutes.
I served it with dal and chapati.