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Matar Paneer
  • Recipe Servings: 2
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  • An everyday dish of cottage cheese and peas mingled in a tomato gravy.


  • 2 cups cubed (500 gm) paneer - deep fried to a light brown
  • 2 cups shelled green peas
  • 3-4 green chillies-slit a little
  • For the Gravy:
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 tsp peeled cloves of garlic-ground with onions
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2 cup tomato-grated or 1/4 cup puree
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves (tej patta)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp powdered red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp powdered coriander (dhania) seeds
  • 1 Tbsp chopped coriander leaves, for garnish


  1. Heat oil and add the cumin seeds and the bay leaves.
  2. Add onion paste and saute till brown and fat separates.
  3. Add tomatoes, turmeric, salt, garam masala, red pepper and the coriander powder, and stir-fry till fat separates.
  4. Add the peas, paneer and the green chillies and saute over high heat till glossy.
  5. Add two cups water, bring to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with the coriander leaves. Omit the chillies if you so desire.

Yo scorpion »» 1 year ago »»

Excellent recipe of Matar paneer. Tried various recipes but none as nice as this. It's quick and easy too.

Bitlets »» 8 months ago »»

This matar paneer recipe is horrible. It doesn't even talk about adding the ginger in the steps or what kind of oil to use. Or to even remove the bay leaves (for the novices). Once you add TWO cups of water it's basically all water, zero flavour. Should be a much thicker consistency. Skip this recipe, it's garbage and a waste of your time and ingredients.

Kristin »» 4 months ago »»

This was good but I only loosely followed it because the directions were vague and never mentioned the ginger. In case it helps others, here is what I did. I pan seared the paneer instead of deep frying it. I just finely chopped the onions and then cooked them with the garlic. Added the ginger (grated like a puree instead of chopped) for about 30 seconds after the onions were done. I only added a tsp of salt and then tasted it and added more as needed... 1 Tbsp of salt is way too much. It was a lot of water to add so I had to cook it for considerably longer than 5-10 mins to cook it down to a reasonable consistency. This caused the peas to cook longer than I'd have liked. Next time I think I would cut the water by half. I added about 1/4 cup coconut milk at the end, just because yum. Overall it turned out super tasty.