Matar Paneer Recipe | How to Make Matar Paneer

by Rachna
matar paneer

Matar Paneer recipe or curry made with cottage cheese and peas is a popular recipe across North India. For vegetarians not only is it a good and tasty source of protein, paneer matar masala also has a homely comfort food feeling about it. This is a mildly spiced curry which is made creamy by the addition of cashewnuts. Matar paneer ki recipe is light and tasty and works really well in lunchboxes.

Here is my recipe of matar paneer:

Matar Paneer Recipe | How to Make Matar Paneer

Rachna Parmar
Matar Paneer is a staple main course and a very popular recipe in North India. It is tasty in a nice homestyle way.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main
Cuisine North Indian/ UP
Servings 4
Calories 326 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 250 gm. Paneer fresh cottage cheese
  • 1 cup Peas fresh or frozen
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 ripe tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. cashews soaked for 30 minutes in warm water
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. kasuri methi or dried fenugreek
  • 1 tsp. cilantro chopped for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add cumin seeds and allow them to sputter for about a minute.
  • Add chopped onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies.
  • Saute for about 10 minutes till golden brown.
  • Add tomatoes and turmeric powder and cook for another 6-8 minutes till everything turns mushy.
  • Now cool this mix, add soaked cashews and blend to a smooth, creamy paste.
  • Heat the pan and put this masala paste back in.
  • Add some water and mix.
  • Now add garam masala, coriander powder, chilli powder (optional) and crushed kasuri methi with salt. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Heat for a couple of minutes and add peas. Thaw the peas if using frozen ones. Cook on medium heat till peas are cooked through. Takes about 5-7 minutes.
  • Now add paneer cubes. Cook for a couple of minutes well till they are heated through.
  • Don’t cook them too much or they become hard and stringy.
  • Taste and adjust for salt and spice.
  • Take off the heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with rotis, parathas or rice.

Notes

Some people like to shallow or deep fry the paneer or cottage cheese pieces. I prefer the softer, moist non-fried pieces. Go by your taste.
I prefer to saute chopped onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes and then make a paste instead of making a paste of raw ingredients and then sauteing it. There is a difference in taste in both the methods and I prefer the former.
You can add cream to make the curry richer if you like.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Matar Paneer Recipe | How to Make Matar Paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 350mg10%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 961IU19%
Vitamin C 31mg38%
Calcium 358mg36%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How to Make Matar Paneer (Step-by-step Pictures)

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and allow to sputter. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies and saute well for 10 minutes till cooked. Add finely chopped tomato and fry till mushy. Now add cashew paste, turmeric powder along with peas.

Now add garam masala, coriander powder, chilli powder (optional) and crushed kasuri methi with salt. Taste and adjust seasoning. Cook on medium heat till peas are cooked through. 

Now add paneer cubes. Cook for a couple of minutes well till they are heated through. Don’t cook them too much or they become hard and stringy. Taste and adjust for salt and spice.

Delicious matar paneer is ready to serve. Have it hot with rotis or boiled rice.

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Also try this Paneer Makhani Restaurant Style recipe  and Paneer Bhurji recipe.

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Bikramjit -

Again yum yum yum.. one of my favourites.

I did make the previous recipe instead of paneer i used chicken and it was yummmyyyyy….

Thank you for the lovely recipes..?

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Suzy -

I love paneer. This looks so yummy it’s making me hungry.

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Rachna -

Thanks Suzy.

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Rajlakshmi -

I too prefer the soft Pieces of paneer. This looks so yummm… ? I envy your kids.

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Rachna -

hehe Thanks Raj. 🙂

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Nabanita Dhar -

I love paneer. My favourite is the paneer mom makes from scratch at home but I make do with the ones you find in stores. Matar paneer I think is one of the easiest dishes to make. I just fry the paneer cubes slightly before putting it in the gravy, I think I got this from mom. You have just given me the idea for tonight’s dinner ?

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Shilpa Garg -

The picture looks so inviting, I so want to pick it off the screen.
I dont prefer fried paneer and soft one is what I like in my curry. KG loves making gravies by grinding the sauted onions etc, which tasted better but I am more of a quick fix cook. ?

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Food Lover -

yummy matar panner… thank you for this recipe Rachna!!

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