Friday, February 11, 2011

Matar paneer

Matar paneer is one of the most favorite of curries in Indian food.All households have it on their menu at least once in a week and is also a preparation on the menu when you have guests.It is great on taste, has goodness of milk from milk protein and greens from peas.So here is this lovely dish , serve with nan, tandoori rotis or parathas.
Paneer cubed                      200gms
peas                                    200gms
chopped tomatoes               4 nos
chopped onions                   2 nos
chopped garlic                     1 tbsp
chopped garlic                     1 tsp
chopped chilli(optional)        1 no
cashewnuts soaked              6 nos
jeera                                    1 tsp
chilli powder                        1/2 tsp
coriander powder                2 tsp
haldi(tumeric) powder          1/2 tsp
green cardamom                  2 nos
cinnamon                             1"stick
Bay leaf                               1 no
milk                                     1/2 cup
salt to taste
oil                                       2 tbsp
In a mixer put in onions,tomatoes, ginger,garlic,whole garam masalas(cinnamon,cardamom,jeera) and cashewnuts.Mix to a fine paste.
Heat oil and add the bay leaf.Add the ground masala and stir well.Add the chilli powder, coriander, haldi and salt and stir to cook.Cook till oil comes out of the masala.Add the paneer pieces and peas.Mix well.Add some water and give it a boil.
Add the milk (use cream to make it richer) and cook till the peas are soft, paneer too would take flavours of the gravy.Adjust the consistency and simmer till the curry is ready.
Top with chopped coriander and serve with parathas or rotis. 


  1. Excellent dish! Very simple to make, and it surely draws praises :)

    Added little cous-cous, magajtari seeds and kashmiri chilis while soaking the cashewnuts, and the gravy turned out yummm!!

    Thanks, Ruchi!

  2. Hey Hetal, thanks for sharing this extra information, will try this out too.