Friday, March 17, 2017

Matar Paneer is the most common dish of North India made by almost all the North Indian families. The color combination of the green peas and paneer in onion and tomato gravy itself is a visual treat and the softness and richness of paneer makes the dish worth trying.

Matar Paneer Recipe
Matar Paneer Recipe

I make matar paneer very often. I like to keep it simple and light, but if one wants to make it more rich then add in the cashewnut paste along with the tomato paste.

So let us begin with the ingredients 


1/2 kg Green Peas

200 gms Paneer (cottage cheese cubes)

1/4 Cup Oil

1/4 tsp Ginger (paste)

1/4 tsp Garlic (paste)

1/4 cup onion (paste)

1/4 cup Tomato (paste)

1/4 tsp Jeera (Cumin Seeds)

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

1 tbsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder

1/4 tsp Punjabi Garam Masala powder

1/4 tsp Coriander powder

1 tbsp Coriander leaves (finely chopped)

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan. Fry the paneer (cottage cheese) cubes till the edges turn golden brown. Keep them aside.

Matar Paneer Recipe
Fry paneer 

In the same oil add jeera.

Matar Paneer Recipe
Add Jeera

When Jeera starts releasing its aroma add in onion, ginger and garlic paste. 

Matar Paneer Recipe
Add onion, ginger,garlic paste

Mix it  well. Cook it till the paste turns into beautiful golden brown color. Now add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix well. 

Matar Paneer Recipe
Add salt, turmeric and red chilli pwd

Cook it for a minute and then add the tomato paste. Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes or until the tomato paste is properly incorporated into the masala.

Add tomato paste

Then put the punjabi garam masala and coriander powder and mix well. 

Matar Paneer Recipe
Add punjabi garam masala and coriander powder

Then add in some water as per the required consistency. Simmer it on medium flame till the gravy is properly cooked. It would take around 5 to 7 minutes. 

Matar Paneer Recipe
Add water and cook

Then add the green peas and paneer (cottage cheese) cubes and mix well.

Add paneer and green peas

Now finally put in the chopped coriander.

Matar Paneer Recipe
Add chopped coriander

Serve it hot with Roti, Naan, Rice or pulao. Well, I like it with plain steamed rice. 

Matar Paneer Recipe
Matar Paneer Recipe


Cook the masala on low to medium flame till the masala leaves oil and does not stick to your pan.

Use fresh paneer to get the desired taste.

Do not add more of Punjabi Garam Masala as it would spoil the taste.

To make it more spicy add some green chillies along with onion while making its paste.

You can add more water if more gravy is needed.

Make this delicious and healthy matar paneer for lunch or dinner and enjoy it with your family and loved ones.

Go food-a-licious with this matar paneer recipe and share your experiences and suggestions with me via comments.

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