Matar Paneer is one of the most regular yet classic North Indian recipe. This recipe turns out similar to the restaurant style matar paneer . The combination of cottage cheese , green peas and a smooth motley of tomatoes , onions and spices make this a supremely lip smacking curry. This is easy to make with no fancy ingredients .

Matar Paneer is a healthy , decadent Punjabi Dish that pairs up well with most of the Indian flat breads like Roti , Paratha ,Naan and Phulka . It goes well with Jeera rice also. As it is less time consuming , you can serve your clan with this delicious recipe during weekends. Though this recipe is my way of cooking Matar Paneer , the actual credits for measurements goes to the famous Indian food blogger Dassana Amit, you can find her family recipe of matar paneer here.

Other Punjabi restaurant style recipes on blog are : Methi Matar Malai , Rajma Masala , Dal Makhani , Paneer Butter Masala , Chole pindi and Channa Masala

RECIPE CARD FOR MATAR PANEER

5 from 1 vote
Matar Paneer Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A Classic Punjabi Dish made with Cottage cheese and fresh Green Peas.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian
Keyword: Punjabi
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Muktha
Ingredients
  • 250 grams Paneer / Cottage Cheese
  • 1 cup Green Peas
  • 1/3 cup Onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar / honey or as required
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt or as required
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar / Honey
  • 1- 1 1/2 cup water , as required to adjust the consistency
For Masala Paste
  • 1 Cup Onion , about 2 Medium size onions
  • 1 Cup Tomatoes . about 2 large size
  • 2 no Green chillies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 5-6 no garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp cashew bits / melon seeds
  • 2 no cloves
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 4 no Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Tsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander leaves
Instructions
  1. Bring water to boil and add in 1 cup of fresh green peas, boil and keep it aside.

  2. Whilst , heat 1/2 - 1 Tsp of oil in a kadai/pan , add paneer cubes and fry till it turns golden brown.

  3. With the help of slotted spoon remove the paneer cubes and add in to water or buttermilk . Allow it to stand for 10-15 minutes. Discard water/buttermilk and set aside paneer cubes.

  4. In a blender /mixer jar , add 1 cup chopped onions , 1 cup chopped tomatoes ,garlic , ginger , green chilli, cinnamon sticks , cloves , coriander seeds , black peppercorns, melon seeds/cashews and coriander leaves, blend to a smooth paste.

  5. In a Kadai / Pan , heat 2 Tbsp of oil , add 1 tsp of jeera /cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.

  6. Add in 1/3 cup of finely chopped onions and fry till it become brown.

  7. Now add in the blended masala and fry well , till oil starts to release from the edges.

  8. Add turmeric powder , chilli powder and garam masala , mix well everything .

  9. Rinse mixer jar /blender with 1 cup water and add this water to the curry.

  10. Add in salt , boiled green peas and continue to cook on medium heat.

  11. Also add paneer cubes and gentle mix everything.

  12. Close the lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

  13. Now add fresh cream ,keep on simmer for 2-3 minutes . 

  14. Turn off the heat, add sugar/honey, garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

  15. Serve hot with any Indian Flat bread.

Recipe Notes
  • You can add either cashews or melon seeds or both. I have used melon seeds , to cut down calories , using cashews gives a richer taste.
  • Sauteing Paneer and soaking in water , gives a good soft textured paneer. 

Step by Step Directions on making of Matar Paneer :

Bring water to boil and add in 1 cup of fresh green peas, boil and keep it aside.

Whilst , heat 1 Tsp of oil in a kadai/pan , add paneer cubes and fry till it turns golden brown.

matar paneer

With the help of slotted spoon remove the paneer cubes and add in to water or buttermilk . Allow it to stand for 10-15 minutes. Discard water/buttermilk and set aside paneer cubes.

matar paneer

In a blender /mixer jar , add 1 cup chopped onions , 1 cup chopped tomatoes ,garlic , ginger , green chilli, cinnamon sticks , cloves , coriander seeds , black peppercorns, melon seeds/cashews and coriander leaves, blend to a smooth paste.

matar paneer

In a Kadai / Pan , heat 2 Tbsp of oil , add 1 tsp of jeera /cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.

matar paneer

Add in 1/3 cup of finely chopped onions and fry till it become brown.

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Now add in the blended masala and fry well , till oil starts to release from the edges.

matar paneer

Add turmeric powder , chilli powder and garam masala , mix well everything .

matar paneer

Rinse mixer jar /blender with  1 cup water and add this water to the curry.

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When it comes to boil, add in salt , boiled green peas and continue to cook on medium heat.

matar paneer

Also add paneer cubes and gentle mix everything.

matar paneer

Close the lid and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

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Now add fresh cream ,keep on simmer for 2-3 minutes.

matar Paneer

Turn off the heat, add sugar/honey and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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Serve hot with any Indian Flat bread or Jeera Rice.

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