Monday, June 16, 2014

MATAR PANEER

MATAR PANEER

Paneer (Hindi for Cottage Cheese) is a very popular item used in North Indian cuisine, especially amongst the vegetarians. It is used in ever so many recipes. This dish of green peas and cottage cheese, (Matar being the Hindi word for Green Peas) serves as a good accompaniment for rotis, chappatis and other forms of Indian bread.

I make dishes with peas often. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for Methi Mutter Pasanda, Peas Masala, and Green Peas and Mint Soup.

I have adapted this from "Matar Paneer" in Sailu's Food.  It tasted delicious and I would suggest you try this out for yourself.


Though paneer can be made at home, I have today used the store bought Milky Mist paneer. I have also used frozen peas which I always keep handy in my refrigerator.

Ingredients:
  • Paneer (Cottage Cheese), 200 gms
  • Green Peas, (frozen), 1 cup
  • Onion, large,1
  • Ginger, 1 " piece
  • Green Chillies, 2-3
  • Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped, 2
  • Kasoori Methi ( Dried Fenugreek Leaves), 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, 1 tbsp.
  • Salt, to taste
Method:

First cut the paneer into cubes
Make a paste of the ginger and green chillies.
Finely chop the onion and tomatoes.
In a kadhai, add oil and when it is hot, add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes
Add ginger-green chilli paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, and coriander powder
Stir to mix well
Saute for a minute taking care not to burn the powders
Next, add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes
Switch off the gas and keep aside to cool.
Once it is cool, grind to a smooth paste in a blender
In the kadhai, add the ground paste, then add a cup of water, mix well and bring to a boil.
On low heat, add the green peas and cook for 5 minutes
Now add the paneer cubes and allow it to simmer for about 6-8 minutes
Add salt and kasoori methi and simmer for a couple of  minutes.
Adjust to get a gravy consistency.
Serve hot with rotis, etc.