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Jul 16


Matter Paneer – Cottage Cheese Green Peas Curry

Every week, I would buy a pack or two of paneer. Paneer or cottage cheese is a typical ingredients in Indian cooking. Paneer is like tofu but has a silky and creamy taste because paneer is made from milk. Uncooked paneer should be stored in the refrigerator.

Mattar Paneer (Paneer Green Peas Curry) is one of the common dishes using paneer and mostly cooked and ordered in a restaurant. It is a vegetarian dish but non-vegetarian eater like me loves this dish too.  It is best to eat with naan (Indian flat bread) or cooked/steamed rice.



  • 500 gms paneer cubed
  • 200 grams shelled peas or frozen green peas
  • 2 large onions
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsps garlic paste
  • 2 tsps coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 green chilies chopped fine
  • 6 tbsp of oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coriander leaves chopped fine to garnish (optional)


1. Grind onions into a fine paste in a food processor. Keep aside.  Next grind tomatoes into fine paste and keep aside.

2. Heat 2-3 tbsps of oil in a pan and gently stir-fry the cubes of paneer till golden. Remove onto a paper towel and keep aside. 

3. In the same pan heat 2-3 tbsps of oil and add the onion paste. Fry till it turns light brown. Add tomato paste, ginger and garlic paste and fry for another 2 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin, turmeric, green chilies and fry, stirring continuously till the oil begins to separate from the masala (spice mixture).

4. Add the peas to the masala and fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add the paneer, water and salt, reduce flame to a simmer and cook till the gravy thickens.

5. When the gravy is as thick, turn off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.


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