Matar Paneer Recipe

Matar Paneer Recipe | Zelish

Matar Paneer is a popular Indian curry dish made with green peas and cottage cheese from the North Indian cuisine.

Paneer and peas curry is a popular North Indian recipe that you find in almost all restaurant menu. Many Punjabi households make it at home on a regular basis as well.

Serve this mutter paneer curry with naan or rice and onion lachha to create a tasty, healthy, simple North Indian meal!

Cuisine: North Indian
Meal Type: Lunch / Dinner
Type: Vegetarian
Base: Peas and Paneer
Dish Type: Gravy
Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients of Matar Paneer

For Paste:

2 teaspoons Oil
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
1 medium or 1 cup Red onion roughly chopped
½ inch Ginger chopped
2 cloves Garlic chopped
2 small Green chilies chopped
2 small or 1 cup Tomato roughly chopped

Matar Paneer Masala Recipe:

7 oz or 200 grams Paneer cut into cubes
1 cup Green Peas boiled
1 tablespoon Oil
¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 teaspoon Red chili powder
1 teaspoon Coriander powder
½ teaspoon Garam masala
Salt to taste
1 cup Water
1 tablespoon Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely

How to make Matar Paneer

Making paste:

Step 1: Heat the 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan on medium heat and add cumin seeds.
Step 2: Once they sizzle, add ginger, garlic and green chili and saute for a minute.
Step 3: Then mix in onions and little salt, cook till they becomes soft and translucent.
Step 4: Now add tomatoes and cook till they becomes little soft.
Step 5: Once cooled grind into a fine paste.
Step 6: Meanwhile boil the green peas in microwave or pressure cooker and keep it aside.

Making Matar Paneer Recipe:

Step 1: Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the same pan and add prepared paste. Cook till all the moisture evaporates and becomes thick paste
Step 2: Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and garam masala, mix well and saute for a minute.
Step 3: Add water to make gravy consistency and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Step 4: Now mix in boiled peas and paneer, let it simmer again for 3-4 minutes.
Step 5: Lastly add chopped cilantro and mix.
Step 6: Turn off the stove and it is ready to serve.

Step by Step Process How to Make Matar Paneer Recipe with Photo:

Step 1: Heat the 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.

Matar Paneer Step 1 | Zelish

Step 2: Saute ginger, garlic and green chili for a minute.

Matar Paneer Step 2 | Zelish

Step 3: Add onion and sprinkle some salt.

Matar Paneer Step 3 | Zelish

Step 4: Cook till they become soft and translucent.

Matar Paneer Step 4 | Zelish

Step 5: Mix in tomatoes.

Matar Paneer Step 5 | Zelish

Step 6: Cook till they become little soft. Let it cool down a bit.

Matar Paneer Step 6 | Zelish

Step 7: Meanwhile boil the green peas in microwave or pressure cooker. How I did: in microwave safe bowl, add peas, salt and 2 tablespoons of water. cover it and cook for 2-3 minutes or depends on your microwave. Here I have used frozen peas, so I microwaved it for few minutes. If you are using fresh peas then it takes little more time to cook.

Matar Paneer Step 7 | Zelish

Step 8: Now onion-tomato mixture is cooled. Grind into a smooth puree.

Matar Paneer Step 8 | Zelish

Step 9: Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the same pan. Once hot add prepared paste and saute.

Step 10: Cook till all the moisture evaporates. If it is spluttering too much then partially cover the pan. Do stir in between. it starts to leave the sides of the pan and oil will ooze out.

Matar Paneer Step 10 | Zelish

Step 11: Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and garam masala.

Matar Paneer Step 11 | Zelish

Step 12: Mix well and saute for a minute.

Matar Paneer Step 12 | Zelish

Step 13: Add a cup of water or more or less as per your liking gravy consistency.

Matar Paneer Step 13 | Zelish

Step 14: Stir and let it come to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Matar Paneer Step 14 | Zelish

Step 15: Add boiled peas and cubed paneer.

Matar Paneer Step 15 | Zelish

Step 16: Mix well and simmer for 3-4 minutes so peas and paneer absorb the flavors.

Matar Paneer Step 16 | Zelish

Step 17: Finally sprinkle chopped cilantro.

Matar Paneer Step 17 | Zelish

Step 18: Stir gently and Serve. If not serving right away then keep matar paneer covered till the time of serving.

Matar Paneer Step 18 | Zelish

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