Matar Paneer recipe | Green peas Paneer Northindian recipe

‘Matar Paneer recipe | Green peas Paneer Northindian recipe  is a restaurant style Paneer recipe with green peas, delicious onion, tomato gravy. This can be served with parathas, Phulkas as side dish. This can be prepared with fresh peas during the season or at any time throughout the year with frozen green peas. Matar paneer tastes delicious with sweet aroma of peas that is balanced with the spices and garam masala powder used.

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To make paste:-

  • onion – 1 cup (chopped)
  • tomato – 1 cup (chopped)
  • cashew nuts – 8-10 number (can also use skin removed almonds)

Other ingredients for gravy:-

  • butter or oil – 1 tsp
  • ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • green peas / matar / pachai pattani – 1 cup
  • paneer / cottage cheese – 1 cup
  • green cardomoms / elakkai – 2 number
  • cumin / seeragam – 1/2 tsp
  • bay leaf – 1
  • cinnamon stick / pattai – 1 inch
  • cloves / kirambu – 2 number
  • red chilly powder / milagai podi – 1/2 tsp
  • garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • salt – to taste
  • kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves – 1/4 tsp
  • finely chopped coriander leaves – 1 tsp
  • cream – 1/4 cup (optional)

Method:-

1. Make a fine paste of chopped onions, tomatoes and cashews.(I have used skin removed almonds)

Chopped onion, tomatoes and almonds in a mixie jar
Chopped onion, tomatoes and almonds in a mixie jar
Ground paste
Ground paste

2. Sauté paneer in little oil and immerse in hot water until you use. Heat one tsp of oil and sauté cumin, cardomom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.

Paneer in hot water
Paneer in hot water
Spices
Spices

3. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté until raw smell goes off.

Ginger garlic paste added
Ginger garlic paste added

4. Add the ground paste and sauté.

Ground paste added
Ground paste added

5. Fry well in low flame for around 4-5 minutes until it leaves the side of the pan and becomes thick.

Gravy became thick
Gravy became thick

6. When raw smell disappear, add red chilly powder, garam masala powder and salt. Sauté for 2 minutes.

Masala powders added
Masala powders added

7. Now add green peas.

Green peas added
Green peas added

8. Add one cup of water. (You rinse the mixie jar and use here)

Water added
Water added

9. Close and cook in low flame for 5 minutes, until the peas becomes soft and raw smell disappears completely. Oil floats on top at this stage. Add required salt.

Salt added
Salt added

10. Mix well and add the paneer cubes which you have reserved in hot water along with crushed kasuri methi.

Paneer cubes and kasurimethi added
Paneer cubes and kasurimethi added

11. Mix well without breaking the paneer cubes. Let the veggies absorb salt. Now switch off the stove and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh cream or butter and finely chopped coriander leaves and serve.

Matar Paneer recipe | Green peas Paneer Northindian recipe
Matar Paneer recipe | Green peas Paneer Northindian recipe

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