Matar Paneer: Winter Treats|Indian Recipe

Matar Paneer
Hi my loves! How are you all doing? With winter being a total snob and willing to stay here forever I am so not interested in doing any wintery-things, if that is even a word, and just focus on the far-sighted spring, aka Sakura in Tokyo. To my luck, I can’t do much but wait. That made me think why not wait while relishing on some winter delights? So, to curb my spring child, I made this matar paneer recipe thinking that it might sooth my ardent self, which has been longing for spring since forever! In today’s times, matar aka peas is not something that can be related largely with winters as it is available almost throughout the year. But it is a winter vegetable! So I am going to share this one very common and widely loved winter recipe with you guys today. Matar paneer is a classic North Indian recipe that gets ready in almost no time and a great one to enjoy seasonal matar aka peas. The version that I am going to share with you today is the most basic and common one, there are plenty of other variants to this classic in which you can modify ‘Matar Paneer’ as per your palate’s preferences. Also, I made a slightly dry gravy, but you can alter the gravy consistency as per your liking. Please bear with me while I share this post without any instructional pictures as I made this one in a hurry for a small get-together over the weekend, which means no extra time to click pictures while cooking! 🙁 What you need to serve 4:
  1. Matar aka Peas: ~300 gm
  2. Paneer (Indian cottage cheese): 250 gm, cubed to ~2 cm pieces
  3. Onion: 1 large, coarsely chopped
  4. Green chill: 1, coarsely chopped
  5. Ginger: 1/2 in. coarsely chopped
  6. Garlic: 2 cloves
  7. Tomato: ~2-3 medium sized, coarsely chopped or 3/4 cup if you use canned tomatoes
  8. Vegetable oil: 2-3 tbsp.
  9. Cloves (laung): 2
  10. Cardamom: 2
  11. Cinnamon: 1/2 in.
  12. Black pepper: 6-7
  13. Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp.
  14. Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp.
  15. Red chill powder: 1 tsp. or as per preference
  16. Garam Masala: 1/4 tsp.
  17. Dhaniya (Coriander) powder: 1 tsp.
  18. Salt: as per taste
  19. Fresh cream: 1 tbsp
  20. Fresh coriander: few sprigs for garnish
  21. Water: ~1/2 cup
Method:
  1. In a mixer, make a paste of onion, green chili, ginger and garlic with no water and keep aside in a bowl. Next, make a paste/puree of chopped tomatoes and keep it aside in a bowl. Make sure you take ripe tomatoes.
  2. Take a non-stick pan and add 1 tbsp. vegetable oil and slightly roast paneer cubes till they turn light golden brown on edges. Once they are done, take them off heat on a plate lined with absorbent paper.
  3. Heat the same pan again on medium low and add ~2 tbsp. of oil. Once the oil is hot enough, add cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom, black pepper and cinnamon and let them splutter. As soon as they are done, add the onion paste that we made in step 1 and sauté till it changes colour to a brownish paste.
  4. Add all dry spices except salt (listed in 14-17) and mix well.
  5. Add tomato puree, sauté and let cook till oil separates from the paste.
  6. Add water and bring it to a boil, followed by adding matar aka peas. Cook covered for about 10-12 minutes or till peas are done. Keep checking in between.
  7. Add roasted paneer cubes and salt. Mix gently and again cook covered for about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add fresh cream and again mix very gently and cook for half a minute.
  9. Turn off heat, transfer in a serving bowl, garnish with some fresh coriander and enjoy with naan, rice or lachha paratha!
Do not overcook after adding paneer as that reduces the softness of paneer and makes it hard, a no-no for paneer! What is your most favourite winter recipe? Have you guys tried Matar Paneer at home? I hope you try out this one and share how it turned out for you in the comment section.

Thanks for stopping by and reading! 🙂

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  • I’ll definitely try this on the weekend! Looks SO delicious

    • Aww, thank you so much, Nicola! Share the feedback with me 🙂 <3

  • I’ll definitely try this on the weekend! Looks SO delicious

    • Aww, thank you so much, Nicola! Share the feedback with me 🙂 <3

  • OMG! I love paneer <3

  • OMG! I love paneer <3

  • Looks delicious!! I’ll have to try and cook it with Ksk :D.

    • Thank you 🙂 Let me know how you like it, once you try. 🙂 xx

  • Looks delicious!! I’ll have to try and cook it with Ksk :D.

    • Thank you 🙂 Let me know how you like it, once you try. 🙂 xx

  • Aditi, if ever I am in Tokyo, you have got to invite me for dinner 😀 :D.. looks yummy..

  • Aditi, if ever I am in Tokyo, you have got to invite me for dinner 😀 :D.. looks yummy..

  • Aditi, whenever I am in Tokyo(if ever) You have got to invite me for Dinner 😉 😀 😀 . This looks yummy 🙂

  • Aditi, whenever I am in Tokyo(if ever) You have got to invite me for Dinner 😉 😀 😀 . This looks yummy 🙂

  • Super recipe, it looks delicious.l like Beriani too. very much.Great blog.Regards.

  • Thank you 🙂

  • seems so delicious…thanks for sharing the recipe ….