Matar paneer is a vegetarian north indian dish consisting of peas and paneer in a tomato based gravy,spiced with Garam masala.it is often served with rice and an Indian type of bread (naan,paratha,poori or roti)Various other ingredients are often added, such as yogurt or cream.
Today I'm going to share restaurant style matar paneer. It is so tasty and creamy just like heaven. Preparing matar paneer is also so simple and easy. I hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you.
Servings : 4
Paneer : 250 grams(recipe here)
Matar/fresh or frozen peas : 1 cup
Medium tomatoes : 2
Large onion : 1
Small green chillies : 2
Oil : 2 to 3 table spoons
Fresh cream/malai : 2 table spoons
Sugar : 1/2 tea spoon(optional)
Cashew nuts or almonds : 15 to 20
Cus cus/poppy seeds : 1 tea spoon
Ginger garlic paste : 1 tea spoon
Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves : 1 tea spoon
Chilly powder : 1/2 tea spoon
Coriander powder : 2 tea spoons
Garam masala : 1/2 tea spoon(recipe here)
Cumin powder : 1 tea spoon
Coriander leaves : 1 table spoons
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tea spoon
First soak cashews(I used almonds) and poppy seeds in water for 30 minutes and blend into a fine paste.
Now heat oil in a pan,add onions and green chillies,saute for 2 to 3 minutes then add ginger garlic paste and saute until raw flavors disappear.
now add tomatoes. (I have some leftover tomato puree, so I used that) cook for 2 to 3 minutes and remove from fire and let it cool completely and blend into a smooth paste by all some water.
Now transfer this paste into same pan and add all spice powders(except Garam masala) salt and cashew paste and mix it well couple of minutes.
Now add peas and saute for 2 to 3 minutes and add 2 cups of water.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes. If gravy gets dry add some more water if required.
Now when mixture thickens add paneer,kasuri methi,Garam masala and cream.
Cook on low flame for 5 minutes and remove from flame and serve hot.
|Take soaked almonds and poppy seeds in a blender|
|Blend into a smooth paste|
|Heat oil in a pan add onions|
|Add chillies and saute for 2 minutes|
|Add ginger garlic paste and saute for few minutes|
|Cook for few minutes|
|Remove from fire and let it cool completely|
|Blend into a fine puree by adding some water|
|Transfer this mixture to same pan|
|Add all spice powders|
|Add cashew paste|
|Cook for 2 to 3 minutes|
|Cook for 2 to 3 minutes|
|Cover and cook for 5 minutes|
|Now add paneer|
|Add kasuri methi and Garam masala|
|Add dollop of cream|
|Mix it well|
|Cook on low flame for few minutes and remove from fire|