Gravy, Sizzling Tastebuds

Benares Special Aloo Shalgam Matar ki Sabji | No onion-no garlic | Gluten Free and Vegan Side Dishes

from Benares, the winter veggies ofShalgam(turnip) and fresh peas add oomph
to this dish. It can be made in stir fry or gravy form. But as I was not keen
on using the pricey onions , I made this in a pressure cooker in a semi dry
form. It’s delicious with simple, everyday spices and a few more different
spices that make it lip smacking .

Both mom
and my husband asked for second helpings with hot chapati for dinner which was
a fabulous idea to serve it with. I had tasted this while I visited Benares
(Varanasi) many many years ago and while looking through my ingredients that my paired partner Aruna
gave me (Shalgam and cumin) {for Sshh Cooking Secret Challenge where a paired blogger gives you two ingredients to prepare a dish for the theme of the month}, this is a side dish am sure to make again ! Check out her blog to know what dish she has prepared. 

Other dishes from this state of Uttar Pradesh on the blog, which ranges from simple dishes and the irresistible kebabs to exotic Mughlai dishes:

Baked Gobhi Mussallam

Vegetable Tehri

Lucknowi Veg Biryani

Galouti Kebab (veg)

Dahi Ke Kebab

Veg Shammi Kebab

Nargisi Kofta Curry

Moong Dal Seekh Kebab

Paneer Bharwa Shimla Mirch




Let’s get
to the recipe :

What we need:

(tender turnip) – 3 medium

Potato –
1 large

peas -3 large handfuls

Salt to

Oil – 1

Cumin /
jeera – 1/2 tsp

chilly – 1 or 2 (slit lengthwise)

Garnish –
chopped coriander leaves 2 tsp

masala powders:

ginger powder -1/3 tsp

chilli powder – 1 tsp (adjust spice)

powder – 1/2 tbsp

powder – 1/2 tsp

powder – 1/4 tsp

Masala- 1 tsp

Amchur /
dry mango powder -1/2 tsp



For the
semi dry gravy (blend into coarse paste)

Tomato –
2 medium

Ginger –
1/2 tsp

How to:

Prep the
veggies – cut the turnip into largish or small chunks (as desired), peel and
cut the potato into same size.

In a
pressure cooker, warm some oil. Splutter the cumin seeds and sauté the green
chillies. Now add the tomatoes , ginger and salt and sauté for 1-2 mins till it
turns soft & oil leaves the sides.

Now add
the dry spice powder, veggies and toss well.

Add 1/2
cup of water and pressure cook for 1-2 whistles.

Let the
pressure drop on its own.  Stir once,add chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with phulka / chapati




  1. I had this dish with a friend of mine while posted at then Banaras way back in the year 1969

  2. Simple and comfort meal with rotis. My hubby would love it.

  3. This was a regular in winters when we were kids.. mom still makes it. Loved your no onion recipe.. I can imagine how flavorful it would have been with hot chapatis..

    • oh is it ? some memories last forever, isn't it Swaty ! We loved this simple dish and would love to make it again 🙂

  4. Such a healthy and easy dish to prepare. looks so delicious

  5. Poonam Bachhav

    The dish sounds so comforting ! Would love to have it with hot phulkas.

  6. Looks so tempting. I can still recollect how crisp and crunchy the turnips in winter are . Amma used to make a similar version and your recipe reminded me off that 🙂

    • oh is it ? Chitti's and amma's tastes are so similar na. Amma also loved this a lot.. esp since its no onion garlic …

  7. Yum! The sabzi looks so good! I love the spice powders you have used here – must have made the dish so very flavourful..

    • Thanks Priya.. these are basic spice powders, but the dry ginger powder is a must have for it just elevates the dish…

  8. Mayuri Patel

    The only way I've enjoyed shalgam so far is when my sister in law makes it Kashmiri style. A simple sabji with both matar and potato, I will have to give it a try. A simple and yet a flavorful sabji.

  9. cookwithrenu

    This looks very delicious and flavourful. Loving the close up pic of the dish, will go so well with parathas.

  10. Vasusvegkitchen

    Loved this aloo shalgam curry Kalyani, crunchy taste of turnip with potato and all dry masalas made this curry super tasty Kalyani. Love to have it with hot pulkas.

  11. Sujata Roy

    Loved this simple easy yet delicious shalgam curry Kalyani. Looks so flavorful and tempting. I would love to have it with hot paratha or roti.

Thanks so much for dropping by.
We would love to hear how you liked this recipe.
Do take a moment to rate this recipe and leave a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *