Matar Paneer ki Sabji Recipe

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Matar Paneer is a very popular vegetarian recipe. It goes well with rice, Naan, Roti, Phulkas. It is generally made in the winter months when fresh green peas are easily available.

Also commonly known as Paneer Matar masala, the dish is one of the most commonly ordered dishes in restaurants. It is a classic north Indian dish that is also made at home as a common meal time curry. The dish can be converted into a rich gravy by adding cashew paste and touched up with cream.

Matar paneer goes well with both rice and Indian breads. The dish’s taste hinges on 2 important factors – the softness of the green peas and the taste of the gravy. If you are using fresh green peas, you can boil water and add the green peas in it with a little salt and let it boil for a couple of minutes and then strain and use it. This keeps the green peas soft and the colour lush green and appetizing. The flavours in the gravy comes out best if you use freshly ground spices. You can roast coriander seeds and ground them for fresh use. You can also use actual garam masalas to replace the ground powder. If you want to tone down the spice and make it yummy for children then avoid the green chillies. Instead just use kashmiri chillies for colour.

Matar Paneer
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Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer is a very popular vegetarian recipe. It goes well with rice, Naan, Roti, Phulkas. It is generally made in the winter months when fresh green peas are easily available.
Course Lunch
Cuisine North Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 254 kcal
Author Anju Bhagnari

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Peas
  • 200 grams Paneer
  • 2 tsp Cream
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 6 Cashew Nuts
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Green Chilli Chopped
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 2 tbsp Green Coriander Leaves
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon
  • 2 Cloves
  • Water as needed
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Butter

Instructions

  1. Chop the onions and tomatoes into big pieces.
  2. Grind together the onions, tomatoes, Cinnamon, cloves, Cashewnuts to a coarse paste.

  3. Cut the paneer into small cubes. Shallow fry on a non-stick pan using very little oil.

  4. In a pressure cooker, take the oil and the butter and heat it on low flame.

  5. Put the cumin seeds and let them splutter.

  6. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Now add the onion paste.

  7. Fry till the paste looks cooked and starts leaving the oil.

    Onion and Tomato coarse paste added with other ingredients
  8. Add the red chilli powder, green chilli, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and the salt.

  9. Mix well and keep on stir-frying.

    Cooked gravy for matar paneer
  10. At this point, add 1 to 2 cups of water as per the gravy consistency preferred.

  11. Add the fresh green peas. Put on the lid and put the flame to high

  12. Cook for 2 whistles. After the pressure releases on its own, open the cooker lid.

    Fresh Green peas added to the gravy
  13. Add the cream and the paneer cubes.

  14. Bring to a boil. Garnish with fresh green coriander leaves.

  15. Serve hot with steamed rice, rotis or Naans.

    Matar Paneer
Nutrition Facts
Matar Paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Potassium 307mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 18.6%
Vitamin C 26.6%
Calcium 26.8%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 Tips

As a variation, you can grind 4-5 kashmiri chilles with onions and make this the base of your curry. This gives the exact restaurant style colour without any added food colouring. Don’t forget to use a mix of grated fresh paneer and fresh cream for garnishing.

Another variation is the paneer matar bhurji. This is a ‘rescue’ dish. The dish and preparation remains the same but is made when the paneer is too soft and breaks. This generally happens in the case of home made paneer. So, in case, your paneer cubes break, you can convert the dish into a bhurji style masala dish and it’ll taste equally great. To avoid this, you can shallow fry the paneer cubes in advance with a little oil which will keep it smooth on the inside and golden brown on the outside. If you feel a little indulgent, you can also deep fry the panner cubes.

You can prepare the base for the gravy just before you add water. You can take some out and store it in the freezer to shorten your cooking time during weekdays. Serve topped with fresh coriander leaves and you are ready to go.

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