Matar Paneer is a popular Punjabi influenced Paneer dish in India. I love all paneer dishes and try out all kinds of experiments to make it more appealing to my kids. After all, this Indian super food is full of calcium and proteins and if you are tired of running after your kid with that glass of milk, it is time to think of other alternatives for calcium boost. There are a variety of Paneer dishes and most of them are so simple to make. Paneer Butter Masala, Palak Paneer, Paneer Korma, Paneer Chili all are popular recipes.
All Punjabi dishes are unique and has rich gravy, like Punjabi chicken curry or Aloo Gobi Masala. This recipe is also a very simple and easy one and has very less ingredients and tastes just awesome. I have not added any cream, and it is very much a comfort meal with rotis or parathas. Add some raita to the meal and it is a very satiating dinner. It can be served also with Rice, Naan or veg. pulao as the thick onion tomato gravy is a great combination with everything. You can try adding a bit cream or cashew paste to enhance the dish if you are serving for guests. Try this easy Matar Paneer recipe for an exciting dinner…
Time : 25 mts
|Malai Paneer (Indian cheese)||: 200 gms|
|Green peas cooked||: ½ cup|
|Onions||: 2 nos|
|Tomatoes||: 1 no. (big or 2 nos)|
|Ginger Garlic paste||: 1 tbsp|
|Kashmiri Chilly Pdr||: 1 ½ tsp|
|Turmeric Pdr||: ½ tsp|
|Jeerah (cumin) Powder||: ½ tsp|
|Garam Masala Pdr||: ½ tsp|
|Curd||: 2 tbsp|
|Coriander leaves||: little|
|Oil||: as required|
|Ghee||: 1 tsp|
Wash and cook green peas till soft and keep aside. Slice the onions. Heat oil in a kadai and fry the onions till translucent. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for some time. Add all the spice powders and sauté again. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till it is mashed. Switch off the flame and let it cool.
Cut the Paneer into small squares and roast it, to a slight brown color, in a tawa, sprinkling ghee.
Grind the onion masala to a smooth gravy adding little water. Heat the kadai again and add this gravy. When it simmers, add the curd and mix well.
Sauté for another minute and add half a glass of water. Add the peas and Paneer to the gravy, mix well and cover and cook for another minute. Transfer to serving plate and garnish with coriander leaves. Your easy, delicious Matar Paneer is ready. Enjoy!
Matar Paneer goes well with Pulao, rice, Rotis and parathas. Serve with Raita.
- The spice level is medium, if you want it spicier please increase the Chilly powder.
- I have used Kashmiri Chilly powder for more color and appeal.
- You can add cashew paste and sauté with gravy or add little cream to garnish if you want a rich gravy and appearance.
Enjoy and let me know if you like it. God Bless!!