Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer

When in season, I made optimum use of fresh green peas and froze a kilo for the summer months. Combined a small cup of peas with paneer and prepared a tomato based curry to go with rotis for our mid day meal. Matar Paneer, a culinary gem of North Indian origin, is a popular, simple to make and delectable creamy curry that is hard to resist.

Matar Paneer Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves 4-5 persons

Cuisine: North Indian

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Ingredients:

1/4 kg paneer – cube and saute in a tsp of ghee till lightly browned

small cup fresh green peas

1 large onion, finely chop

ginger-green chilli paste (1″ ginger piece+3 green chillis)

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

3/4 tsp red chilli pwd

pinch of turmeric pwd

1 1/4 tsps coriander pwd

1/2 tsp kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)

pinch of garam masala pwd

1 tsp Kitchen King masala pwd

1 tsp malai, top of milk

salt to taste

1 tbsp oil

1 Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the onions and sautรƒยฉ, approx 4-5 mts. Add ginger-green chilli paste, coriander pwd, turmeric pwd, red chilli pwd and combine. Add few tbsps water and saute for a mt.
2 Add tomatoes and cook for 4-5 mts. Turn off heat and cool. Make a coarse paste.
3 Return this paste to the vessel, add a cup of water and bring to a boil. Reduce flame, add the green peas and cook for 6 mts. Add the paneer and malai and simmer for 7-8 mts. Add salt. Simmer for a few more mts.
4 Stir in malai, garam masala pwd, Kitchen King masala and kasuri methi and combine, cook for a mt. Turn off flame.
5 Let it sit for a while before serving. The gravy thickens, so at the time of serving, add a little milk and combine. Serve hot with rotis or naan.

Matar Paneer

  Prepare time:
 Cook:
 Serves: 5

 Main Ingredients:

  •  green peas
  •   paneer

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86 thoughts on “Matar Paneer

  1. Hi Sailu,
    Nice recipe.
    What is kitchen king masala? Is there a substitute for it as I have never seen it in UK?
    Thanks.

    1. It should be available in the Indian stores. Its a spice blend that enhances the flavor of the curry. Its packaged similar to Pav Bhaji or Chole Masala spice blends. You can omit it if not available. It tastes good without it too.

  2. Hello Sailugaru:

    For busy moms like us, can you please post a weekly menu calender that well balances nutrition and taste ?

  3. yet another satisfying recipe of yours that i tried for dinner. with fresh summer peas and tomatoes the gravy tasted superb!

  4. Hi Sailu,

    I love your recipes….they turn out perfect every time….no tweaking needed at all…..every morning as soon as i start my day yours is the first website I open to plan my meal for the day ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks a lot and keep doing what you do !!!!

  5. hi sailu seen urs site in some newspaper and visited it. its great u answer the doubts too. thanks for such a nice site.

  6. Hi Sailaja,

    Thanx a ton for this recipe. Had made it last night for the phulka’s and was appreciated by all.

  7. Hi Sailu garu, what do u cal kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), malai and coriander pwd in telugu? Thanks in advance.

      1. Sailu garu u r really awesome. Thanks a ton for the prompt reply. I wish u al d very best for ur future endeavours.

  8. HI,

    i tried out this recipe as its the festive season and needed something to celebrate. it turned out very well. all my friends who came to celebrate enjoyed it. thanks

  9. Although it calls for a great variety of spices and the picture looks lovely, the recipe lacks flavour. I ended up adding almost a full tbsp of the garam masala and a tbsp of extra salt to get it to taste. it is certainly lacking something. It is sad, i invested all afternoon yesterday making the paneer and carefully mixing the spices from scratch to make it even tastier but it was just disappointing.

    1. The amount of spices and salt used is according to one’s taste and preferences. I mentioned salt to taste. Spices like garam masala and chili powder used in a recipe will vary from cook to cook. Appreciate your feedback.

  10. Dear Sailu,

    Thq for the recipe, my daughter is found of Paneer. I will surly try at home. You have not used Garlic in this because of which even my mom can eat. Thq you once more. kindly send such recipes which are easy to make.

    can you help me make Paneer tikka?

  11. Dear Sailu,
    have tried this recipe a few weeks ago and came out very well. I am going to make it today again, for my daughter’s birthday.

  12. Hi Sailu. The picture gives the impression of a delicious dish to me. I am going to try it right now. I was searching for recipe of matar paneer when i came across yours. And i found it better than even sanjeev kapoor’s. Well let’s just try and see how it comes out. Thanks for the post anyways ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Hi Sailu. The picture gives the impression of a delicious dish to me. I am going to try it right now. I was searching for recipe of matar paneer when i came across yours. And i found it better than even sanjeev kapoor’s. Well let’s just try and see how it comes out. Thanks for the post anyways ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hi,
    I made the recipe yesterday.It came out very well.Thanks a lot.
    Just a question?can i directly add paneer without sauting in ghee and cook for 7-8 mins?

  15. i followed the recipe step by step as given, and i must say, it was finger licking tasty!! the best mutter paneer ive tasted till date!!

  16. Hi Sailu,
    I saw your blog yesterday for the first time and I really love it! As I’m not Indian girl it’s difficult for me to cook Indian dishes for my husband.
    I tried the recipe above and I must admit it was delicious! I want to try some more! Do you have any typical kashmiri reciper here?

  17. Hi Sailu,
    I saw your blog yesterday for the first time and I really love it! As I’m not Indian girl it’s difficult for me to cook Indian dishes for my husband.
    I tried the recipe above and I must admit it was delicious! I want to try some more! Do you have any typical kashmiri reciper here?

  18. HI Sailu,
    Thanks for the wonderfull recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ i had tried many paneer mutter recipes before…but was not satisfiable…but this recipe came out very well…mouthwatering indeed!

  19. I tried this recipe last week, by making the mixture into a coarse paste. Though the taste was good, the texture was not right, water and the solid came out separately and I didn’t feel like the recipe was a hit :(. But then tried for lunch today, by making the mixture into a smooth paste, it turned out to be excellent. Thanks Sailu. Am giving this feedback so that, if anyone faces a similar problem, they can follow this tip

  20. Thank you. Tried out the recipe today for lunch. Great. Totally used only 1.5 tsp of ghee and 1.5 tsp of olive oil. Used curd instead of malai. Added little garlic also. Came out well.

  21. Love all your recipes Sailu.. I am from Andhra myself, and enjoy the blend of South / North Indian recipes you post.

    1. If you do not Kitchen King masala, omit it. Add pinch cumin powder, pinch raw mango powder (amchur) and use a little less than 1/2 tsp garam masala powder instead of a pinch of garam masala powder

    2. If you do not Kitchen King masala, omit it. Add pinch cumin powder, pinch raw mango powder (amchur) and use a little less than 1/2 tsp garam masala powder instead of a pinch of garam masala powder

  22. Lovely flavour! Had to cook for 35 people and just made four times this amount in one go. I too would recommend making a fine paste. Thanks!

  23. Made this dish last night – came out very well -did not have kitchen king masala and left out malai ..family loved it …thanks a ton

  24. I have made this matar paneer recipe lot of times n its always a hit,but now i have to make it for 40 people, can u pls tell how to make such huge quantity(any tips),or any other paneer recipe that will be easier.

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