Mar 16, 2012

Paneer Matar Masala / Cottage Cheese & Green Peas curry!!!

Hi guys!!!

Paneer is a great ingredient for North Indian curries. I prepare rotis for dinner almost everyday. So, I try and prepare a variety of curries. I use paneer every two weeks and I prepare almost any combo of ingredients to end up in a different curry everytime. Recently, I had to use up some frozen peas in my freezer and decided to prepare this paneer matar masala 'coz I had picked up some paneer the very same day.

Generally, when preparing paneer curries people fry the paneer in oil/ghee before using it in the gravy. But I totally avoid this and use paneer as such. The taste is just as awesome and the texture of paneer is even better. The only thing is you have to be more careful when mixing the curry, so that you do not break the paneer. Now lets see the recipe.


Paneer - 200 gms (cubed)
Frozen peas - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Ginger & Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Corriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Oil - 1 tbsp


1. Heat oil in a kadai on medium flame and add the chopped onion when ready. Saute till it turns transparent and crisp.
2. Now add the ginger garlic paste and mix well till the raw smell leaves. Next add the chopped tomatoes and mix well till it forms a paste with the onion.
3. Add salt and all the masala powders except garam masala and mix well. Add about 1/2 cup of water and let the masalas cook for 5 minutes.
4. When the masalas are well cooked add the frozen peas and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Finally add the paneer cubes and garam masala and mix well and turn off heat.

Tasty paneer matar masala is ready!!! Serve hot with rotis or pulao.


  1. Loved the rich gravy!!! Even i use paneer for gravy without frying it to avoid excess oil & for more fresh taste :) :)

  2. I never fry the paneer too! Love the paneer peas combo!

  3. Alagu,
    Have you tried adding kasoori methi to north indian curries. They take the curry to a whole new level! Do try if you havent yet.

  4. Classic combo of ingredients..:) One of my favourite dishes..:)
    Looks like restaurant made..:)

  5. awesome and tempting love this combination one of my fav.


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