Matar paneer – Peas and Cottage cheese in gravy

Soon the fresh green peas will vanish from the markets :/

Winters is the best time to enjoy a variety of vegetables, in a tropical country like India. Cooking is a delight during this season, so is eating πŸ˜‰

Before Some of those vegetables vanishes, I want to create, cook and plate some of the popular and off -the -beaten -track recipes.

Matar paneer, is a popular North Indian dish. A must in every food gathering, functions and weddings. It is a mild spicy, tomato based Β gravy dish and goes well with chapati, naan and paranthas.

This is one of Pakhi’s favorite food πŸ˜‰

matar paneer - peas and cottage cheese in gravy

Here’s what I did………….

INGREDIENTS

200 gms – paneer / cottage cheese

1/2 cup – shelled peas

3/4 cup – tomato puree

1/4 cup – onion paste

1 tsp – ginger paste

1/2 tsp – garlic paste (optional)

1 tsp – tumeric

1 tsp – kashmiri red chili powder

1 tsp – coriander powder

1/2 tsp – cumin powder

1/2 tsp – garam masala (Indian spice mix)

1/4 tsp – sugar

1 cup – water

2 tbsp – oil

1 tbsp – fresh cream (optional)

1 nos – bay leaf

1 stick – cinnamon

2 nos – cloves

1 nos – small cardamom

pinch of cumin seeds

salt to taste

METHOD

Cut the cottage cheese into cubes or triangles, whichever shape you like.

Heat oil in a pan and saute the cottage cheese. Take them off as they start getting golden. Do not over fry, the cottage cheese will become stiff.

In the remaining oil add the sugar. While it gets caramalized, temper the oil with bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and cumin seeds. Pour in the onion paste and fry till translucent. Add the ginger and garlic paste and for 2 mins. Pour in the tomato puree and all the dry spices, except garam masala.

Season with salt and fry for 2 -3 mins. Add the peas, lower the heat, cover and cook till the spices become aromatic and releases oil.

Pour in the water and adjust salt. Cover and cook till peas are tender. Add the cottage cheese cubes, sprinkle the garam masala, Β bring it to boil and take it off fire.

matar paneer

Garnish with cream (optional) and serve hot with chapati, naan or paranthas.

matar paneer

Taking this lip -smacking dish over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday party. Co-hosted by Sonal and Josette.

Let’s party !!

Happy cooking !! πŸ™‚

Cheers !! πŸ˜€

 

 

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About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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16 Responses to Matar paneer – Peas and Cottage cheese in gravy

  1. Comfort food at its best!

  2. thebrookcook says:

    Mmmm… beautiful brown paneer with fresh peas and lovely spices- sounds wonderful! Do you make or purchase ginger paste, onion paste and garlic paste?

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  4. Ok seriously I’m so excited that you posted this recipe!! It’s one of my favorite dishes and now I’ll know how to make it , thanks to you!!!!!!

  5. One of my favorite foods! Made it yesterday πŸ™‚

  6. Haven’t had Matar Paneer in a long time. Thanks for tempting me to make it soon! πŸ™‚

  7. Sophie33 says:

    A yummy dinner! MMM!

  8. I love fresh peas in a recipe – I use to grow them and I would sometimes eat more than I picked – fresh from the vine. Looks delicious Andy πŸ™‚

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