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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Matar Paneer / Peas and cheese in tomato gravy

Matar Paneer is a very famous dish in India and liked by everyone.. Its one basic dish of Paneer or Cottage Cheese. A rich creamy tomato gravy with green peas and fried paneer pieces in it..mmmmmm. . here I am shring the recipe with pics..


Paneer / Cottage Cheese - 250 gms.
Peas - 1 cup
Tomato - 4 chopped
Onion - 1 big chopped
Green Chilly - 1 chopped
Garlic - 4 cloves chopped
Ginger - Small piece chopped
Bay leaf - 1, Black pepper - 5 pieces, Cloves- 4, Black Cardamom - 1, Cinnamon stick - 1 small
Cumin - 1/2 tbs
Turmeric powder, Coriander powder , Garam Masala - 1 tbs each
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tbs
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbs
Salt to taste-
Oil - 1/2 cup( small)
Cream - 4tbs optional


Cut square pieces of paneer and fry them for 3-4 minutes in oil.

Boil peas for 10 minutes and keep aside.

In a wok, heat oil. Now add chopped chilly, garlic, ginger and saute for 2 minutes, add chopped onion and fry till it turns translucent. Then add chopped tomato and saute for 5 minutes and then add 4 cups water and let it boil for 3-4 minutes.

Blend this in a blender.

In a seperate wok, heat 4 tbs of oil. Add cumin, bay leaf, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon stick, black cardamom and when they splutter, add ginger garlic paste, saute and pour the blended mixture.

Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilly powder, garam masala powder, salt. Let it boil for  minutes.

Add boiled peas and fried paneer in it. You can also add 3-4 tbs of cream in it to give it a rich creamty texture and flavour.For better colour add 1/2 tbs of deggi mirch.

Matar Paneer is ready. Garnish with julliened ginger and chopped coriander. Serve with steamed rice, chapati or tandoori roti..
Hope you liked it...

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