May 26, 2015

Matar Paneer (No Onion No Garlic)

Matar Paneer (Peas and Cottage Cheese), quick and easy to make and at the same time becomes a rich gravy when guest are around. It goes well with roti/naan or even rice and pulav. Click here for home made PaneerSo here goes the recipe:


Matar Paneer


Ingredients


  • 200 gms Paneer
  • 1 Cup Green Peas
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Kaju (Cashew)
  • 1/4 cup Almond (Badam)
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 3-4 Green chilies (as per taste)
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Red chili powder if required (I do not add it)
  • 1 Onion (Optional)
  • Salt as per taste

Dry Masalas


  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 inch Cinamon Crushed into pieces (Dalchini) or 1 tsp dalchini pwd
  • 1-2 Bayleaves (Tejpatta)
  • 3-4 Cloves (Long)
  • 1 tsp Kasoori Methi

Basic Preparation


  1. Boil Green Peas in a separate Pan for 10 mins or microwave on high for 10 mins.
  2. Puree the onion. Skip this step if without onion.
  3. Puree the Tomatoes along with green chilies and ginger in a blender or mixer.
  4. Puree Kaju and Almond along with 1/4 cup water. (Add more if required)
  5. Cut the paneer into small cubes. Paneer can be added as it is or just shallow fry them in Ghee to get light golder brown colour.


Final Preparation

  1. In a Pan or Kadai, heat Ghee. When it is enough warm, add Jeera. Once it crackles at  Cinamon, Bayleaves, Cloves.
  2. Add the onion paste and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Skip this step if without onion.
  3. Add the tomato puree and let it boil for a minute.
  4. Add GreenPeas to it. Add Salt as per taste turmeric and let it cook on slow heat, for 5-10 mins.
  5. Once the peas are done, add the paste of Kaju and Almond.
  6. Add water to it as per medium consistency. (Semi gravy)
  7. Wait for a boil and finally add Paneer and Kasoori methi. Mix Gently and let it cook for 5 mins on slow heat.
  8. One can add cream if required but I do not add as it already has cashew and almonds.
  9. Matar Paneer is ready. Serve with Roti/Chapatti/Naan or Rice






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