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Matar Paneer Recipe -II

by Sonia on May 4, 2011

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The very same dish can have different version from my home to yours, right? I’ve posted Matar Paneer Recipe here before. Actually, long time ago. The previous version is bit of lengthy list of ingredients but worth for result. I found this recipe from 660 Curries, it’s keeper and I made it about 3-4 times. If you have tomato puree/sauce is ready on hand, this curry takes no more than couple of minutes.

You need to prepare a special garam masala which adds an awesome flavour and taste to this dish. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t add any other spices from my spice-box except garam masala. Try it and let me know your result.

{Print Recipe}

Garam Masala [yield about 1/3 cup]


  • 2 Tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp whole cloves
  • ½ cardamom seeds from green or white pods
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 4 dried red chilies

How to:
1. Grind nicely all ingredients in coffee or spice grinder. Store in airtight container in cool and dry place but do NOT refrigerate. Best to use within 2-3 months.
Mutter Paneer Recipe
inspired from 660 curries


  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 or 2 fresh green thai, cayenne, or Serrano chilies to taste, stems removed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, canned or homemade
  • 2 tsp garam masala (recipe above), less or more, adjust to your taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cups peas, fresh or frozen
  • ¼ C heavy whipping cream or malai
  • about 225 gm/ 8 oz paneer {feel free to sub with tofu}, cut into 1 inch cubes and pan-fried
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional), I added as the canned tomatoes was bit sour for us.
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

How to:

1. Combine the onion, ginger, garlic and chilies in a food processor, and pulse until they are minced.

2. Heat oil in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Add in the cumin seeds and bay leaf, and cook until the cumin seeds crackle, turns pinkish brown. 5 to 10 seconds. Immediately add onion mixture and stir-fry until it is light golden brown, 5 to 7 mins.

3. Stir in the tomato sauce, garam masala and salt. Simmer the sauce on lower heat, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the oil separates from the edges. 5 to 10 mins.

4. Pour in ¼ cup water and add the fresh peas. Cover the pan and simmer for 8-10 mins until the peas are tender and dark green in color. If you’re using frozen peas it will be done in 3-4 minutes.

5. Fold in cream, paneer, sugar (optional), and cilantro. Cook for 5 mins more and remover from the heat. Remove the bay leaf and serve with hot naan or paratha or jeera rice.

  • OMG…I am just drooling over this subji…making this with home made garam masala would have increased its taste…what a brilliant colour too…as we eat first with our eyes I think by now I have finished half that kadhai of delicious subji…would make this soon and would surely let you know.

  • Oh lovely, this is one of my favourite dishes!

  • Looks seriously tempting..fresh masala adds superb flavor..:)

  • beautifully made. the gravy looks very creamy.

  • looks very well prepared.. this could give some good restaurants a run for their money:P

  • Looks absolutely delicious Sonia! I will have to try making a paneer curry at home as I’ve not done this yet.

  • Oh I remember check that book out of the library a long time ago but I don’t remember ever trying this recipe. Thanks.

  • Seriously there are so many version of matar paneer but so far wherever I tried it .. dhaba, fancy restaurant, Indian restaurant out here … I liked it every time! It could be just my love for paneer and matar that makes us click all the time ;)

  • What a gorgeous dish! I *love* anything paneer :) Yummy tomato sauce recipe, too!

  • The matar Paneer looks wonderful Sonia. Am here after some time and am totally astounded by your beautiful pics

  • Its my favorite Dish and that’s good look. superb posting for matar paneer and easy make tips share so i will try .

  • The pictures are beautiful Sonia. Just can’t stop drooling at it.

  • This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  • Mattar panner is such a favourite at my house. This looks just perfect

  • Wow – this looks delish and I love paneer! Thanks for sharing – now I don’t have to go out for it! YUM!

  • OMG i love it..

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