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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Matar Paneer (Green Peas with Paneer Curry)

'Hmm, is that cream or is that cashews?', 'That's Kasuri methi, isn't it?', 'I get a hint of a taste of ginger'. These are some of the dialogues that my hubby hears every time we eat out. He calls it 'verbal deconstruction' of recipes. But, I mean, come on, don't we all ladies do it? I am sure each one of us has committed the crime at least once in their lifetime, especially when it comes to our favorite dishes.
I love recreating restaurant style dishes at home, especially those Punjabi style creamy dishes. And this recipe of Matar Paneer was one such inspiration. It has a thick creamy restaurant style gravy with peas and paneer. Sop it up with a roti or chapati or ladle it on some rice, it is equally delicious and easy to prepare exotic gravy.

Matar Paneer (Green Peas with Paneer Curry)
Matar Paneer (Green Peas with Paneer Curry)

Matar Paneer (Green Peas with Paneer Curry) - Recipe
Green Peas (Matar) - 2 cups
Paneer (Cottage cheese) - 1 packet of 100 grams / 1 and half cups of cubed paneer
Onions - 1 cup chopped
Tomatoes - 1 and half cups chopped
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch small stick
Dry red chillies - 2
Kasuri Methi - 1-2 pinches
Cashews - handful
Poppy seeds - 1 teaspoon
Fresh Cream - 1/4 cup
Asafoetida powder - 1 pinch
Salt and oil

1. Soak green peas in hot water with a pinch of salt for at least half an hour.
2. In a separate small bowl, soak a handful of cashews and poppy seeds in water for an hour and make a paste.
3. Heat a couple of spoons of oil in a pan and fry the cubes of Paneer on a low flame, until lightly browned.
4. Remove the paneer from the pan and keep aside.
5. In the same pan, add some more oil, heat it and temper with clove, cinnamon, cumin seeds, asafoetida powder and the dry red chillies.
6. Add chopped onions and saute' until golden brown. Add Kasuri Methi and ginger garlic paste and saute'. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute' until soft.
7. Here comes a bit of a twist to get that restaurant style creamy gravy...Get this mixture out of the pan and put it in a blender. Let it cool down a little bit and then blend it. To this add the paste of cashews and poppy seeds. You can leave the whole mixture chunky if you want or blend it into a creamy mixture.
8. Now for the final time, use the same pan to heat a couple of spoons of oil. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder to the hot oil. Immediately add the blended mixture, stir and mix well.
9. Drain and add the peas to the pan. Add paneer cubes, salt and mix well. Cover and cook until the peas are soft and paneer has soaked up some flavour.
10. Beat the fresh cream and add it to the gravy. This give nice exotic flavour to this delicious creamy curry. Simmer for a minute and your restaurant style Matar Paneer is ready.
Relish with Roti or Rice.

Matar Paneer (Green Peas with Paneer Curry)
Matar Paneer (Green Peas with Paneer Curry)


  1. Wow...perfect rich to have with rotis...

  2. Yes, i do agree with you :)) Very tempting...peas and paneer is an awesome combination to have anytime...

    1. My go to dish when I have unexpected guests .. taste great with fresh or frozen peas!

  3. Looks too inviting peas-paneer. Delicious & creamy.

  4. Rich and delicious gravy. Very inviting.

  5. perfect combo....looks so creamy and rich...

  6. Looks yum. yes I do deconstruct dishes as you have aptly put it. Now my girls also do it. :)

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  8. Palak panner or matar paneer are all my favourites and this looks creamy gravy, nice preparation.

  9. One of my your version

  10. Just new few rotis to enjoy this irresistible curry.

  11. Hi Meg and how are you? I am back to blogging after my net connection is ok.
    Great looking pic and the dish looks very delicious to me.. may just try this out. have a nice day

  12. Real inviting combo...

  13. Yummy side dish. Paneer all time fav of mine.

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  15. I also keep my taste buds open if visiting any new restaurant for special dishes, then try to recreate it at home....creamy gravy looks delicious

  16. paneer recipe i loveit and looks absolutely delicious and yummy..
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