Matar paneer

Matar paneer recipe

Matar paneer belongs to the North Indian cuisine. It is a yummy greavy recipe made from green peas and cottage cheese and can be a perfect meal option for your family. It is usually served along with chapati Or parathas. It is both flavoursome and healthy at the same time. This recipe is a quick and healthy recipe which can be made easily by using few readily available ingredients of your kitchen.

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Introduction
Ingredients
Step by step recipe with images
Healthier version
Recipe card

Introduction

This recipe is made by first boiling and then blending the onion and tomato mixture and further transforming into a thick greavy. It is further made tastier by adding boiled peas and tossed panner cubes and spicing it well with masala and coriander leaves.

Ingredients

Green peas- 250 grams (peeled)
Paneer or cottage cheese- 250 grams
Tomatoes- 2 tomatoes (medium sized)
Onion – 4 (medium sized)
Garlic- 7 to 8 cloves
Black Cardamom- 1 cardamom
Clove- 2 pieces
Cinnamon- 1 inch
Black pepper- 1 to 2 pieces
Green chillies- 3 to 4
Turmeric – 1/2 tablespoon
Salt – as per taste
Red chilli powder- 2 pinch
Refined oil- as per requirements
Desi ghee- 4 tablespoon
Sugar- 1/2 tablespoon
Coriander leaves- for Garnishing

Step by step recipe with images

1) Firstly peel off the peas and garlic cloves and chop the tomatoes and onion into two pieces each.


2) Now heat a pan with 2 to 3 cups of water.


3) Add the chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic cloves and green chillies to it.


4) Add the masalas (cardamom, clove, cinnamon and black pepper) in it.


5) Give them a good boil on medium high flame.


6) Now strain them in a seperate bowl.


7) Now add them in a mixer grinder.


8) Blend them into a smooth paste and keep it aside for later.


9)Now add 250 grams of green peas into the same water.


10)Boil them well on medium high flame.


11) Strain them and keep it aside for later.


12) Now heat a tava on medium high flame.


13) Add 2 tablespoon refined or olive oil in it.


14) Add the diced paneer in it. Keep the flame at medium low.


15) Saute them from all sides until they turn golden brown.


16) Keep them aside for later.


17) Now take a heavy bottom pan or kadhai and add 4 tablespoon desi ghee in it. keep the flame at medium high.


18) Add the blended puree in it and stir well.


19) Cook it on medium high flame until water evaporated.


20) Now add salt as per taste.


21) Add 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder to it.


22) Mix them well and cook it for 5 minutes until oil seperates.


23) Add 1/4 cup of water and stir it well. Keep the flame at low.


24) Now add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar in it.


25) Add the boiled peas in it.


26) Cook it for 2 to 3 minutes until oil seperates.


27) Now add two pinches or 1/3 tablespoon of red chilli powder to it.


28) Finally add 1/2 cup of water in it to get the perfect consistency.


29) Let it simmer on low flame until oil comes up.


30) Finally add the tossed paneer cubes in it and cook it for a minute.
31) Garnish it with freshly chopped coriander leaves and your matar paneer is ready to be served along with laccha parathas or chapatis.

Healthier version

1) You can simply avoid using red chilli powder.
2) You can avoid tossing the paneer cubes, but make sure you add the normal paneer cubes at last or else they may break if they are super soft.
3) You can skip using sugar but it adds colour and balances the flavours.

Recipe card

Matar Paneer

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • Green peas- 250 grams (peeled)
  • Paneer or cottage cheese- 250 grams
  • Tomatoes- 2 tomatoes (medium sized)
  • Onion – 4 (medium sized)
  • Garlic- 7 to 8 cloves
  • Black Cardamom- 1 cardamom
  • Clove- 2 pieces
  • Cinnamon- 1 inch
  • Black pepper- 1 to 2 pieces
  • Green chillies- 3 to 4
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Red chilli powder- 2 pinch
  • Refined oil- as per requirements
  • Desi ghee- 4 tablespoon
  • Sugar- 1/2 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaves- for Garnishing

Instructions
 

  •  Firstly peel off the peas and garlic cloves and chop the tomatoes and onion into two pieces each.
  • Now heat a pan with 2 to 3 cups of water.
  • Add the chopped onions, tomatoes, garlic cloves and green chillies to it.
  • Add the masalas (cardamom, clove, cinnamon and black pepper) in it.
  •  Give them a good boil on medium high flame.
  • Now strain them in a seperate bowl.
  • Now add them in a mixer grinder.
  •  Blend them into a smooth paste and keep it aside for later.
  • Now add 250 grams of green peas into the same water.
  • Boil them well on medium high flame.
  •  Strain them and keep it aside for later.
  • Now heat a tava on medium high flame.
  • Add 2 tablespoon refined or olive oil in it.
  • Add the diced paneer in it. Keep the flame at medium low.
  • Saute them from all sides until they turn golden brown.
  • Keep them aside for later.
  •  Now take a heavy bottom pan or kadhai and add 4 tablespoon desi ghee in it. keep the flame at medium high.
  • Add the blended puree in it and stir well.
  •  Cook it on medium high flame until water evaporated.
  • Now add salt as per taste.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder to it.
  • Mix them well and cook it for 5 minutes until oil seperates.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and stir it well. Keep the flame at low.
  •  Now add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar in it.
  • Add the boiled peas in it.
  •  Cook it for 2 to 3 minutes until oil seperates.
  •  Now add two pinches or 1/3 tablespoon of red chilli powder to it.
  • Finally add 1/2 cup of water in it to get the perfect consistency.
  • Let it simmer on low flame until oil comes up.
  •  Finally add the tossed paneer cubes in it and cook it for a minute.
  • Garnish it with freshly chopped coriander leaves and your matar paneer is ready to be served along with laccha parathas or chapatis.
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