Thursday, December 27, 2007

Matar Paneer

Being holiday season and kids being on a break, I find that the children's friends drop in at home on the spur of the moment. I like them to stay over for lunch, but usually there is never anything exciting that they would like to eat, as the regular home fare is simple and consists mainly of healthy green vegetables. So I decided to immediately stock up the freezer with kid friendly foods that can be heated at a moments notice and served with chapatis or puris. Things that the kids will relish. So I toodled off to do some grocery shopping and picked up paneer, peas (which are now flooding the market) and got ready to make some Matar Paneer.

I have been looking for a nice matar paneer recipe for the longest time. I have tried many many different recipes out but somehow something was always wrong with it. The taste would just not be right. Something was lacking in each of them even in the Nita Mehta recipe.

The other day I happened to chance on this recipe from Cookery Corner. It looked good and easy to make too. So tried it out immediately.

Thanks, Laavanya for helping me find my perfect Paneer Matar recipe. This is a keeper for me, for sure. Easy and perfect tasting.

Now for the recipe with no changes at all except the quantities as I was making it for a larger number of people.....


600 gm Paneer
2 cups Peas, parboiled
2 teaspoons Chilli Powder
2 teaspoons Coriander powder
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon Cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 tablespoon Kasuri Methi - about 1/2 tsp, crushed between your fingers
Salt, to taste
4 tablespoon Yoghurt
4 tablespoons Oil
2 teaspoon Jeera (Cumin seeds)

Grind to a paste after cooking:

4 large Onions, chopped
6 Tomatoes, chopped
8 cloves Garlic
2 inch piece Ginger
50 grams Coriander leaves


Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and saute the onion, garlic and ginger till the onions brown a bit. Then add the tomatoes and cilantro and cook with a pinch of salt till it softens. Grind this to a paste in the mixie once it has cooled down a bit.
Pan fry the paneer cubes on either side till light brown. I sprinkle some salt after spraying the pan with oil before adding the paneer.
Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add jeera seeds, then add the ground paste along with all the masala powders and let this cook well with frequent stirring.
After about 5 minutes, add a cup of water to this paste and let it come to a boil.
Add the paneer pieces and peas and allow to simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes.
Now add the crushed Kasuri methi and stir in the yoghurt.
Heat for a few minutes and serve with chapatis, puris or naans.


Nags said...

have some paneer and mutter left in the freezer. need to make this soon :)

Kamini said...

Do that, Nags, it was really delicious and pretty simple.

Laavanya said...

Kamini, am so happy to hear that it turned out well and your kids enjoyed it. Thank you so much for trying out my recipe and for the feedback! :)

Lata said...

looks great. Happy Holidays

Namratha said...

I love Matar Paneer, this looks yummy! I make it often too :)

Dhivya said...


KayKat said...

I love the idea of adding yogurt! This looks delicious.

Mansi Desai said...

This si such a simple and easy use of paneer right! easiest way to satiate your paneer craving! looks really pretty kamini!:)

KALVA said...

Nice liked kasuri methi and yogurt with this curry!

Manasi said...

I have recently started eating peas ( i can see, those who are reading this comment, rolling hteir eyes!!) and this looks like an absolutely delish way to begin!!!