Matar paneer
Matar Paneer, North Indian cottage cheese and peas in gravy
Written by Jayashree
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Matar Paneer is a popular North Indian sabzi prepared in a gravy consistency with  cubes of cottage cheese and green peas in it.

The biggest challenge I face is what to cook for the day rather than how to cook it. I don’t like to repeat the same dishes time and again, some dishes are liked by kids and not by us and at other times, I feel I should try something different. Paneer is liked by children, they relish it and today’s dish is the delicious Matar Paneer from the North Indian cuisine, cottage cheese and green peas are dunked in a thick gravy made with tomato and other spices is a favourite of one and all.

Cottage cheese is a good source of nutrition for vegetarians, it is rich in protein and one can use it in a wide range of dishes, from starters to rice dishes. The season of green peas is almost over and thus I decided to make this one, which was not prepared since a long time.

During the season, I tend to buy a lot of green peas and freeze them. Thus, fresh peas are available  for six months at home. If you do not have fresh peas, one can use frozen peas.

Matar paneer

Matar paneer

Matar Paneer

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peas
  • 100 grams paneer cubes
  • 2 teaspoon oil + for frying
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
  • salt to taste

To be made into paste 1:

  • 6 cashew soaked in water for half an hour

To be made into paste 2:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 green chilly
  • 1 inch ginger

To be made into puree:

  • 2 tomatoes

Method:

    • Soak tomatoes in hot water, in another bowl put the cashews.
    • Grind the ingredients for paste 2.
    • Grind the ingredients for puree and paste 1 separately.
    • Boil the peas with a little salt in it.
    • Take oil in a pan, add the paste 2 and saute it for 5-6 minutes. The raw smell should go and it should be pale brown in colour. Add the puree and continue to saute for 5 more minutes.
    • In the meanwhile, get the paneer cubes ready. They can be just put like that or deep fried. I deep fried and put them.
    • Put the cashew paste to the gravy. Mix well and let the flavours blend. Add salt and adjust the consistency of the gravy.
    • Put the boiled peas and paneer cubes to it. Let cook for 3-4 minutes on a low flame.

Other North Indian Sabzis:

Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer is a delicious north indian curry with the goodness of both cottage cheese and peas simmered in a tasty gravy. 

Course lunch ideas, Main Course, paneer recipe, sabzi
Cuisine north indian, punjabi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup green peas
  • 100 grams paneer cubes
  • 2 tablespoon oil + extra for frying
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt to taste

To be made into paste 1

  • 6 cashew soaked for half an hour

To be made into paste 2

  • 1 onion
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2-3 cloves garlic

To be made into puree

  • 2 tomato

Instructions

  1. Soak the cashew and tomatoes in hot water separately. 

  2. Make a paste of ingredients as mentioned above. 

  3. Grind the tomatoes and make a puree.

  4. Boil the peas with a little salt. 

  5. Take oil in a pan, add the paste 2 and saute it for 5-6 minutes. The raw smell should go and it should be light pink in colour. 

  6. Add the tomato puree and let cook for sometime. 

  7. Add the turmeric powder, chilly powder, garam masala and salt to it. Mix well. Let the flavours mingle well. 

  8. Put the cashew paste to it. 

  9. Adjust the consistency of the gravy. 

  10. Meanwhile, fry the paneer and keep them ready. 

  11. Add peas and paneer cubes to it. 

  12. Let cook for sometime.

  13. Serve hot with any Indian flatbread.

Recipe Notes

  • If you are using frozen peas, thaw them.
  • If using fresh peas, boil them with a little salt.
  • Use paneer without frying for a healthier version.
  • I have fried and put them.
Matar paneer

Matar paneer

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29 Comments
  1. Batter Up With Sujata

    Matar paneer looks delicious. Lovely share. Can feel the taste and flavour.

    Reply
  2. Sandhya

    I like your straight forward and yummy recipe, Jayashree. I am going to a potluck this weekend and will make this to share.

    Reply
    • jayashree

      Do let me know how it was Sandhya, thanks for the visit.

      Reply
  3. Priya Suresh

    Just need some rotis to enjoy this fabulous matar paneer. Never get bored of this combo. All time favourite of mine.

    Reply
  4. Nivedita Thadani

    It’s an universal problem Jayashree. How to cook is not a problem, what to cook is the trick. Everyday I face this, sometimes don’t get sleep too.
    Very easy, rich and quick recipe for any occasion. Your simple recipe looks inviting. Home made paneer is always at home. Will follow your recipe for Sunday lunch .

    Reply
  5. Pavani

    We ALL have the same cooking problem Jayashree, that too as food bloggers we are always in the look out for new recipes while the family wants what they WANT. This is a struggle we just have to learn to live it, I guess.
    Matar Paneer is such a classic dish. Looks delicious.

    Reply
  6. Jagruti

    Hahaha same scenario in every Indian home:) I too face same problems and hubby says you are a food blogger, ideas should just come like that in your mind 😀 BTW your matar paneer sound delicious and tempting.

    Reply
  7. Drashti Dholakia

    This is an all time favourite recipe. Love the way you have explained the recipe

    Reply
  8. themadscientistskitchen

    Yum. I love it in fact till kiddo started on I don’t like pander fad we used to enjoy paneer muttar. Looks yum.

    Reply
  9. Priya Satheesh

    Even I do face the same problem dear. This is one of my favourite combination and the curry looks delicious.

    Reply
  10. theyellowdaal

    Matar pander looks delicious 👍 Super restaurant style gravy😛

    Reply
  11. Uma Srinivas

    Matar panned is classic North Indian dish. I use similar formula to make tofu recipe. I love the spice and cashew cream.

    Reply
  12. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    I have the same problem at home… my kids prefer simple and homely dishes while my blogger brain is thinking of what new to try. Somehow trying to adjust myself to give them what they will like… The matar paneer is always a nice gravy, just apt with some chapathis…

    Reply
  13. sujithaeasycooking

    Matar panner with rich gravy is ultimate for roti’s. who say no for this rich delicious gravy.. An wonderful combination in of ingredients..

    Reply
  14. firsttimercook

    Just need some hot phulkas to devour this matar paneer

    Reply
  15. cookingwithsapana

    Tell me about being a blogger, my family says they don’t like the food which I took photo because it takes forever. Matar paneer look delicious.

    Reply
  16. simplyvegetarian777

    matar paneer is a regular feature in my home too. i like your idea of adding cashew paste for richness.. This curry is so forgiving and delicious.

    Reply
  17. Jyoti Babel

    Matar paneer features in my menu every week. It is nutritious and easy to make. I also added cashew paste at times, but when I am in a hurry I just add some cream. That works too

    Reply
    • jayashree

      Thankyou shall try that too sometime Jyoti

      Reply
  18. Vidya Narayan

    With just 2 of us home, I still feel what to cook when its almost 6pm here. The fridge is full of stuff, yet we sometimes dont know what to cook. Haha.. Love Matar paneer with garam garam phulkas and a bowl of curd. Simple meal but full of flavours.

    Reply
  19. Priya @priyascurrynation

    Matar paneer is a all time favorite recipe… OMG i am craving for this now.

    Reply
  20. Lathiya

    I love matar paneer..I will try your version too.. looks delicious

    Reply
  21. dpranita583

    I enjoyed your recipe .fantastic way of presentation.

    Reply
    • jayashree

      Welcome to my blogspace. Glad you liked it.

      Reply
  22. code2cook

    matar paneer is really a favorite recipe in every household. TAste great with rice or poori. I add lotud seed powder or oats powder.

    Reply
  23. Swati

    Matar Paneer is an all time favorite recipe and my kids can have this everyday!

    Reply

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