UP style matar ka nimona or curried green peas is a winter delight and is made with fresh green peas.
Grind 2 cups of fresh green peas with 1 inch ginger piece, 2 green chillies and handful of coriander leaves (include stalks too) without water.
Make a very coarse paste. Just pulse them for few seconds to get a very coarse paste. ALternately you can mash them in a big mortar and pestle too.
Now heat 2 tablespoon mustrad oil in a pan and bring it to smoking point.
Temper the oil with cumin seeds, hing, bay leaves and red chillies. Lower the heat and tip in the pea-corainder paste.
Fry them on low heat till it is slightly browned and starts leaving the oil.
Add the cubed tomatoes, salt and sugar. cook them till tomatoes becomes mushy and is well incorporated with the green peas.
While doing this add the spices too - turmeric powder, red chilli powder, green coriander paste (you can use corainder powder too), roasted cumin powder, roasted fennel powder (saunf) and black pepper powder (kali mirch)
Add the boiled potatoes and mix them well. Add 2 cups hot water , boiled 1/4 cup green peas, cover and let it simmer on low for another 10 mins.
Adjust the thickness of the gravy as per your preferences. Check for the seasonings. Matar ka nimona is ready. Enjoy it with roti or paratha.