Tuesday, September 11, 2007


This is a fairly simple recipe & my all time life-saver. I have many versions of this, & will post them all one by one.
The one I tried yesterday was for the first time, but it has come out well & was fairly quick too. Matar Paneer is an all time favorite "jugalbandi" be it gravy, dry, mashed, & a few additions here & there add to the taste.

Ing -
250 gm - paneer
1/2 cup - matar/peas boiled with a little salt & strained
1 big onion - sliced finely
1 medium tomato - pureed
3/4 garlic flakes
a pinch of cardamom powder
a pinch of saunf
a pinch of jeera
1/2 tsp - kasoori methi
1/2 tsp - turmeric / haldi / manjal
1/2 tsp - red chilli powder
1 tsp - garam masala
1/2 tsp - sugar

Method -
In a kadai, add oil. When hot add the jeera, saunf.
When they sputter, add the chopped garlic.
When the garlic is fried (it will begin to get brown), add the sliced onions.
At this stage add the cardamom powder
Let the onions fry till pinkish brown
Add the tomato puree. Saute till oil separates
Add the haldi first, then the red chilli powder. Fry for about 1 minute
Now coarsely mash the paneer with your hands & add this to the masala
Add the peas also.
Mix well & let any water evaporate.
Add the sugar & the kasoori methi and cook for another minute or so.
Garnish with corriander leaves

This goes very well with chappatis, or as a side dish with rice. You can even stuff this into sandwiches & grill them, but for that ensure that the mixture is very dry, or the sandwiches get soggy.


Nags said...

wow, this IS easy and quick :)

mallu kutty analle? :)

Padmaja said...

thats pretty fast!!!
nice simple recipe!!

Shella said...

Nags - yes, its the dish that saves my day, be it an unexpected guest, or even a day when I dont have veggies in the fridge for lunch packing. Ade, mallu kutty tanne.

Padmaja - thanks. do try & see.

easycrafts said...

nice one...great going

Shella said...

Thank you so much.

Latha Narasimhan said...

This is definitely quick and easy!

Happy cook said...

For sure it is a fast dish.
And everybody loves Matttar paneer

Seena said...

best One with chapathis..m? will try..

Mansi Desai said...

Yup, looks simple and great! mutter paneer is my favourite food too when I'm in a jiffy to cook!:)

bee said...

nice blog, shella. am adding you to our blogroll.

Shella said...

Latha - yes doing things simultaneously, like putting the peas to boil on one burner, while frying the onions on the other one, a little mix-n-match makes it very quick.

Happy Cook - everybody sure does, I know very few people who dislike this dish, n not to forget the different ways it can be done, & the permutations & combinations

Seena - yumm with chappatis.

Mansi - I too love matar paneer, but am more fond of the thick gravy dish.

Bee - thank you dear for adding me to your blog.

Shella said...

Bee - you have not invited me to view your blogspot. Boohoo. Send me the invitation soon, or I'll drown Delhi in my tears, they the flood might even reach your place ;-)