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Luknowi Namoona


Recipe by Mariya chauhan of Modasa, IN

Namoona is a famous peas curry eaten in Lucknow.

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

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


    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.


    jean chaurasia

    Yes I agree this dish is widely made in UP and very tasty. Try using fresh green peas, not boiled, but pulse coarsely in a blender, one burst should do, then follow the rest of the recipe and tasty the results, you wont be disappointed.