Matar Paneer recipe or curry made with cottage cheese and peas is a popular recipe across North India. For vegetarians not only is it a good and tasty source of protein, paneer matar masala also has a homely comfort food feeling about it. This is a mildly spiced curry which is made creamy by the addition of cashewnuts. Matar paneer ki recipe is light and tasty and works really well in lunchboxes.
Here is my recipe of matar paneer:
Matar Paneer Recipe | How to Make Matar Paneer
- 250 gm. Paneer fresh cottage cheese
- 1 cup Peas fresh or frozen
- 2 onions finely chopped
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 2 green chillies
- 3 ripe tomatoes finely chopped
- 2 tbsp. cashews soaked for 30 minutes in warm water
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. cumin seeds
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 1 tsp. coriander powder
- 1 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. kasuri methi or dried fenugreek
- 1 tsp. cilantro chopped for garnish
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Add cumin seeds and allow them to sputter for about a minute.
- Add chopped onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies.
- Saute for about 10 minutes till golden brown.
- Add tomatoes and turmeric powder and cook for another 6-8 minutes till everything turns mushy.
- Now cool this mix, add soaked cashews and blend to a smooth, creamy paste.
- Heat the pan and put this masala paste back in.
- Add some water and mix.
- Now add garam masala, coriander powder, chilli powder (optional) and crushed kasuri methi with salt. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Heat for a couple of minutes and add peas. Thaw the peas if using frozen ones. Cook on medium heat till peas are cooked through. Takes about 5-7 minutes.
- Now add paneer cubes. Cook for a couple of minutes well till they are heated through.
- Don't cook them too much or they become hard and stringy.
- Taste and adjust for salt and spice.
- Take off the heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
- Serve with rotis, parathas or rice.
How to Make Matar Paneer (Step-by-step Pictures)
Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and allow to sputter. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies and saute well for 10 minutes till cooked. Add finely chopped tomato and fry till mushy. Now add cashew paste, turmeric powder along with peas.
Now add garam masala, coriander powder, chilli powder (optional) and crushed kasuri methi with salt. Taste and adjust seasoning. Cook on medium heat till peas are cooked through.
Now add paneer cubes. Cook for a couple of minutes well till they are heated through. Don't cook them too much or they become hard and stringy. Taste and adjust for salt and spice.
Delicious matar paneer is ready to serve. Have it hot with rotis or boiled rice.
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