Matar Paneer or Mutter paneer – An Indian sabji, one of the extremely popular paneer dishes across that is loved by all, it’s our very own delicious creamy mutter paneer gravy. Paneer peas masala indeed is a beautiful medley of green peas and Indian cottage cheese in rich creamy onion tomato and cashew masala. In other words, this green peas and indian cottage cheese curry is known as matar paneer in hindi :). Surely, this lovely matar paneer ki sabji is exactly like how we enjoy at restaurants. Here is how to make matar paneer recipe restaurant style curry at home.
Matar Paneer Restaurant Style
I particularly love this North Indian mutter paneer recipe and it is very close to my heart. There are few recipes that are significantly important for me, especially, palak paneer, Chicken tikka masala, Paneer Makhanwala, Dal makhani, Paneer butter masala and this paneer matar sabji. These recipes are truly remarkable and not even instance I remember when these recipes disappointed me, my family or my guests. So, today, I am sharing my fool proof matar paneer recipe with you all.
Do you know that this simple yet tasty paneer matar masala is surprisingly very easy and is ready under 30 minutes? Yes, it will be ready under 30 minutes from start to finish. If you want to serve something truly delicious and quick, then this matar paneer curry is the hero to reach you dinner table on time. And, indeed it will be frequently at your table to enjoy this luscious rich mutter paneer dish with your family and friends.
What is Matar Paneer?
Matar Paneer or mutter paneer is a delicious and easy Punjaby Style north Indian dish with green peas, paneer in tomato, onion and spices. A smooth silky fine gravy of indian cottage cheese and peas dish indeed has a delightful flavours to hit your taste buds just right. Do you know that this simple yet tasty paneer matar masala is surprisingly very easy and is ready under 30 minutes? Yes, it will be ready under 30 minutes from start to finish. If you want to serve something truly delicious and quick, then this matar paneer curry is the hero to reach you dinner table on time. And, indeed it will be frequently at your table to enjoy this luscious rich mutter paneer dish with your family and friends
How to make matar paneer without onion and garlic?
If you are specifically looking for no onion- no garlic mutter paneer recipe, then here is what you can do. First, make the masala paste of tomato and cashews, as shown below. Then, heat oil and ghee together and proceed with addition of cumin seeds, bay leaf and cinnamon, fry. After that, add ginger paste and fry for few seconds until just raw smell goes off. Then, immediately add tomato-cashew masala paste. Cook it until fat is released. Then add all the dry masala powders and proceed with rest of the steps. No onion no garlic matar paneer recipe is ready to serve.
How To Make Mutter Paneer Vegan?
To make vegan matar paneer, all we need to do is, substitute the paneer with tofu and swap the cream with coconut cream or cashew cream. Definitely, the vegan mutter paneer will do not alter the taste of the dish and you can enjoy the same deliciousness. In gact, cashew cream will give more richer and creamy flavour to the dish.
Important tips and variations to make matar paneer (paneer matar masala):
I usually, add paneer cubes in warm water before adding it to any gravy. This helps in keeping paneer soft preventing it to become chewy or rubbery.
You can add, honey instead of sugar, if you wish to. the addition of honey or sugar in any dish with lemon gives a subtle flavour of tanginess as well as sweetness. Also, do you know that additon of little sugar any dish enhances the appeal and taste of the dish? yes, so do not forget to add it to the matar paneer recipe or any other rich recipe.
You can also use almonds instead of cashew nuts, if you are allergic to it.
To make shahi matar paneer recipe:
The regular mutter paneer recipe can be turned into shahi treat. Yes, while making tomato masala paste, add 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds and 1 teaspoon of melon seeds to the blender and blend it to a fine paste. Now, proceed with steps as mentioned below. Then, while adding cream, also add 2 tablespoons of khoya to the gravy and cook for a minute until khoya melts and mixes well. Proceed with rest of the steps and lastly add few strands of saffron soaked in 2-3 tablespoons of milk and a pinch of grated nutmeg and the dish is ready. This Shahi mutter paneer recipe is also called as khoya matar paneer recipe.
Matar Paneer Ingredients:
To make mutter paneer recipe, we need good quality fresh malai paneer. If you do not have the access to fresh malai paneer, then you can make it at home also, here is the link. The masala paste ingredients includes, tomato, cashew nuts, green chillies, black peppercorns, cinnamon, green cardamom and black cardamom. Blend all these to get not tomato cashew masala paste. The spices powders that goes in are, kashmiri red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. The remaining gravy ingredients are cumin seeds, cinnamons sticks, bay leaf, kasuri methi, sugar, salt and lemon.
Now, talking about the peas, fresh peas are available in winter only. So, when they easily available, we make paneer matar sabzi using fresh peas. The fresh green peas gives spectacular flavour to the dish. However, as they are not available through the year, we make matar paneer recipe using frozen peas. Well, frozen peas in the paneer peas masala gives that iresistible flavour which is no less the fresh peas.
Serve Matar Paneer With:
Serve this lip smacking mutter paneer with lachha paratha or phulka, nan or kulcha, and I bet the combo is heaven forever. Furthemore, mutter paneer pairs perfect woth jeera rice, matar pulao or zafrani pulao and even steamed rice.
Restaurant style matar paneer is a beautiful medley of green peas and Indian cottage cheese in creamy tomato cashew and masala gravy. Mutter Paneer is indeed a popular North Indian curry and pairs very well with Indian breads like nan, tandoori roti. It also pairs best with rice dishes like jeera rice, pulao or steamed rice.
Course Curries, Main Course
Keyword Matar Paneer, Mutter Paneer
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Author Farrukh Aziz
to prepare matar paneer recipe:
200gPaneer(Indian Cottage cheese)
1 and 1/4cupGreen Peas shelled
1Large Onionfinely chopped
1tspKashmiri red chilli powder
¾tspGaram Masala Powder
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt as per taste
Warm waterwater warm
to make paneer matar masala paste:
5-6Black pepper corns
preparation of mutter paneer masala paste :
To begin with, first, add tomatoes, green chillies, cinnamon, green and black cardamom, peppercorns, and cashewnuts.
Then, blend it to a fine paste.
how to make matar paneer :
In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil and ghee together, then, add cumin seeds, cinnamon, bay leaf and fry for 15 seconds
Then, add chopped onion and fry until pink and translucent.
Once the onions are done, add, garlic and ginger paste, fry for a minute until raw smell goes off
Then add, ground masala paste and saute on high for 3-4 minutes.
Now, add chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and cook until masalas leaves oil.
Then, add peas, (fresh or frozen) and saute for a minute.
Now, add warm water and bring it to a boil, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until peas are cooked.
Then add cream, garam masala powder, kasuri methi and sugar, and cook for 2-3 minutes
Finally, add paneer cubes and mix, cook for a minute.
Matar Paneer is ready to serve
DIsh out mutter paneer, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with naan or tandoori rotis, paraths or pulao.
You can add, water as per the consistency of the gravy required. I prefer it to be little thick do added water accordingly.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 395Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Total Carbohydrates 17g6%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.