Thursday, 26 October 2017


Matar paneer is a vegetarian north indian dish consisting of peas and paneer in a tomato based gravy,spiced with Garam 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 

Ingredients :

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

Method :

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.

Pictorial :

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

Add tomatoes

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

Add peas

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes

Add water

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