Lucknowi Namoona

Namoona is a famous peas curry eaten in Lucknow. I had the opportunity of having it last week and I think its one of the tastiest curries one can have with roti.

Green peas are in abundance right now. I bought a few kilos, pealed and froze them. So now anytime I suddenly have guests over this is one vegetable I can surely prepare.

You might need a little extra time and effort as compared to other curries but its worth it when you finally get to eat something so exquisite.

Ingredients :

  • Musk melon seeds, about 1 tablespoon
  • Few cashew nuts or kajus
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 2 fingers of paneer
  • 2 teaspoons khoya
  • 2 teaspoons malai
  • 1/2 teaspoon Jeera
  • Pinch of Hing
  • 1 Onion
  • A small piece of Ginger
  • 5-6 pods of Garlic
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chillie powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Haldi powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dhania powder

Procedure :

  1. Soak musk melon seeds and kajus. Once soft, grind them with paneer, khoya and malai.
  2. Boil peas. Save a handful of them and grind the remaining.
  3. Heat oil. Add jeera and hing. Add Paste of onion, ginger, garlic. Fry well.
  4. Add tomato puree and continue to fry.
  5. Add tablespoon of the previously prepared melon paste to the fried masala. Continue to cook till milk smell disappears.
  6. Add boiled peas puree and mix well. Add previously saved boiled peas into it.
  7. Heat oil. Add red chillie powder, haldi powder and dhania powder. Add this tempering to the curry.

Please NOTE :

Usually we use musk melon seeds but in case you cant find them you can use water melon seeds instead.