Recipe for Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer (Peas and Cottage Cheese) is one of the tastiest dishes made with Paneer and is quite a popular dish in northern India.

Paneer consumption in India is said to have started in Punjab, but today, it is relished by people in almost all parts of India. The migration of people between states has also led to a food revolution in the country and introduced people to its rich food diversity. It is common now that dosa and idly are made in north Indian homes, while the south Indians try parathas and dal makhani. While the people from the east are trying the dhoklas and theplas from the west, the people from the west are trying the momos and thukpas!

In line with this massive change in eating habits because of increased access to different foods, paneer is one ingredient that has penetrated many households in India. Dishes made with paneer are a favorite amongst vegetarians as they are tasty and a great source of protein. Paneer is served during parties, functions, and family dinners. Many delicious dishes like Palak Paneer, Paneer Makhni, and Paneer Kofta are commonly made in restaurants, dhabas, and homes. People are continuing to innovate and create new delicacies every day. Such is the popularity of paneer that it has found its way into the Indian versions of Pasta, Pizzas, and Noodles.

When I moved to Germany 3 years back, I wasn’t sure that paneer would be available in this European country. But to my pleasant surprise, it is easily available even in the smallest Indian stores in my city. And, sometimes, when it is not available, I make it at home with fresh milk. The process is simple and doesn’t take much time.

Today, I am sharing with you a simple recipe for Matar Paneer. It is mostly made in the winter when peas are available in abundance. In this dish, Peas and Paneer are combined with a couple of Indian spices to make a delicious dish that can be paired with Roti, Paratha, or rice. In restaurants, a much richer version of this dish is made. However, what I am sharing with you today, is a simple recipe I make in my home. It is quick, easy, not overly rich, yet delicious and comforting.

So, let’s start.

Ingredients needed for making Matar Paneer:

  1. Paneer: 300 gm, cut into cubes
  2. Peas: 100 gm
  3. Ghee: 2 tablespoons
  4. Cumin Seeds: 1 teaspoon
  5. Onion: 1 big, roughly chopped
  6. Tomato: 1 big, roughly chopped
  7. Ginger: 1/2 tablespoon, finely chopped
  8. Garlic: 1/2 tablespoon, finely chopped
  9. Salt: 1 1/2 teaspoon
  10. Garam Masala: 1 teaspoon
  11. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder: 1 teaspoon
  12. Coriander Powder: 1 tablespoon
  13. Turmeric Powder: 1 teaspoon
  14. Kasuri Methi ( dry Fenugreek leaves): 1 tablespoon
  15. Cashews: 8-10
  16. Water: 1 cup

Method to make Matar Paneer:

  1. Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them crackle.


  2. Keep the heat to medium. Then add onion, cashews, ginger, and garlic and fry till the onions turn translucent.


  3. Then add tomatoes.


  4. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, and salt.


  5. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat, and let it cook till the tomatoes turn mushy.


  6. Take it out and let it cool. Once cooled, grind it into a fine paste. Add 1/2 -3/4 cup water while grinding.
  7. In the same pan, take one tablespoon of ghee. Heat it. Then add Paneer and fry for 2-3 minutes.


  8. Then add the ground paste. Mix. Then add peas.


  9. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes on low to medium heat.


  10. In the end, crush some Kasuri Methi and sprinkle it on the gravy. Also, add garam masala.


  11. Mix everything together. Cook for a minute or two more and then remove from heat. Serve with rice, roti, or paratha.

Some notes for my readers:

  1. I used frozen peas in this recipe. If you use fresh peas, boil them separately and then add them at step 8.
  2. You can use homemade Paneer or shop-bought one. If you are buying ready-made paneer, always check the expiry date. If the paneer is not fresh, it will taste sour, affecting the taste of the gravy. Fresh paneer should taste milky.
  3. To make the dish richer, add a bit of extra ghee while cooking (2 additional tablespoons should be enough). Also, you can garnish with fresh cream in the end. You can even garnish the dish with fried nuts like cashews and almonds. That adds another texture and tastes great too.

About Ingredient sourcing in Germany:

While you can get some of the ingredients needed for this recipe from a German Supermarket, you can find all the ingredients from any Indian shop near you or the online store of Spicelands. They are a big store in Frankfurt, delivering all across Germany.

Alternatively, you can even buy these ingredients from amazon.de. Links are given below:
Onion: https://amzn.to/3nepwWV
Tomatoes: https://amzn.to/41Ofn26
Cashews: https://amzn.to/40OQceJ
Ghee: https://amzn.to/40Qqu9s
Fresh Coriander: https://amzn.to/3NnBxEj
Salt: https://amzn.to/3n5tYYc
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder: https://amzn.to/3Vgt9s0
Garam Masala: https://amzn.to/3oPhtAm
Kasoori Methi: https://amzn.to/41LURPD
Paneer: https://amzn.to/3AEiIVJ
Turmeric Powder: https://amzn.to/3M6pCrX

Equipment needed for the recipe:
Please note that I use all these in my kitchen. I am happy and satisfied with these products, and hence, I recommend these to my readers.

Mixer:
Option 1 Bosch: https://amzn.to/3LzMbGF (Perfect for Indian cooking, with great reviews)
Option 2: Preethi: https://amzn.to/3n9XCLH ( I use this. It is perfect for Indian cooking, but priced higher than Bosch)
Pan: https://amzn.to/44V92Ek
Cutting Board: https://amzn.to/3n9IXjM
Knife Set (includes a bread knife): https://amzn.to/3Lg64Bj

Here is the recipe in printable format:

Matar Paneer

Recipe for Matar Paneer

Padmini
This is a gravy dish made with Paneer and Peas. It pairs well with roti,naan or rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Pan
  • Knives and Chopping board
  • Mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 300 gm Paneer; cut into cubes
  • 100 gm Peas
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Big Onion; roughly chopped
  • 1 Big Tomtao; roughly chopped
  • ½ tbsp Chopped Ginger
  • ½ tbsp Chopped Garlic
  • tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Kasuri Methi ( Dry Fenugreek Leaves)
  • 8-10 Cashews
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions
 

  • Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  • Keep the heat to medium. Then add onion, cashews, ginger, and garlic and fry till the onions turn translucent.
  • Then add tomatoes.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, and salt.
  • Cover with a lid, reduce the heat, and let it cook till the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Take it out and let it cool. Once cooled, grind it into a fine paste. Add 1/2 -3/4 cup water while grinding.
  • In the same pan, take one tablespoon of ghee. Heat it. Then add Paneer and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add the ground paste. Mix. Then add peas.
  • Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes on low to medium heat.
  • In the end, crush some Kasuri Methi and sprinkle it on the gravy. Also, add garam masala.
  • Mix everything together. Cook for a minute or two more and then remove from heat. Serve with rice, roti, or paratha.
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