Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Paneer Mattar Masala

This month has been a busy month. We have had friends and cousins from India every weekend. This weekend I had my husband's Uncle and Aunt from India. His Aunt is an expert cook and I had to make something special. So I tried this paneer mattar masala from another expert's blog - Rak's blog. The paneer turned out creamy and yummy and we all enjoyed it immensely.

The recipe I followed was quite close to what was on Rak's blog. I just skipped the yogurt and lemon bit! Also the step by step pictures, helped me not burn the onions - key to a yummy gravy!

Sending this recipe off to Priya's every tuesday book-marked event.

1 packet of Paneer - defrosted

1/2 cup of Frozen Peas
2 Tomatoes - diced
3 Green chillies

1 tea spoon of Ginger garlic paste
1/2 tea spoon of Red chili powder
1 tea spoon of Dhaniya powder

1/2 tea spoon of Turmeric powder
pinch of Garam masala powder

Coriander leaves
for garnishing
Salt to taste
2 tablespoon of oil

To Fry and grind to a paste
2 Onion - sliced
1 small Cinnamon
2 Elachi/cardamom
2 cloves
4-5 Pepper
1 tea spoon of oil or ghee

How To

Heat a pan with oil and add the cinnamon, elachi, cloves and pepper.
The add onion and fry till golden brown. Ensure it doesn't burn. (Look at the pictures on her site to know when to stop frying the onions). Cool and grind into a smooth paste.
Shallow fry the frozen paneer with a little bit of oil until it turns golden brown. Remove and keep aside.
Heat a pan, add oil. Once the oil is hot, add green chilies and then ginger garlic paste. Fry for 2 minutes and then add the onion paste from above and let it simmer at low heat for 10-12 min. Keep stirring the paste every few minutes. Keep doing this until oil comes out from the mixture.
Add the salt and red chili powder and dhaniya powder and mix well.

After this add the diced tomatoes and cook well. Add garam masala. Cook until the tomatoes are mushy.
Add the frozen peas and the paneer cook for a few minutes.
Adjust spice level and garnish with coriander leaves. Add some water if you like gravy in your paneer curry.
I love my paneer curry, the next day. You can enjoy it same day or warmed the next day!


  1. looks so delicious ... i am sure ur guests enjoyed it...paneer mattar is the best dish for all occasions...


  2. Wow! Paneer matar masala looks so tempting..my fav too.. Beautiful clicks!
    Thanks a lot for linking it to bookmark event!

    US Masala

  3. @Satya - thanks. yes yum for the guests and us too
    @aipi - thanks.

  4. Mutter paneer looks gorgeous and my favourite.

  5. Dear Somoo,

    I can imagine the ambience when guests come over. Aau amey Odiya mane khaiba peeba se sabu thu agare :)
    Paneer Matar gravy bahut yummy dekha jauchi .... u must have impressed ur guests for sure.
    And the dish n clicks look cute.

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,


  6. mattar paneer looks so so good. I like this type of preparations not those laden with cream, cashew and other thickening agents.your uncle and aunt must have enjoyed this immensely.

  7. Dear Somoo
    How are you? So you are having great time with your near and dear ones.
    Very nice recipe, I liked it.
    By the way I am doing well with Arisha pitha ( thank you) .
    Bhala thiba

  8. Paneer looks yummy!Thanks so much for the mention :) :) Hope every one liked it!
    Nice entry for the event too :)

  9. Wow! It's a lovely side dish! Must've tasted good with chapathis!

  10. i love this combo and the gravy looks so good,rich and creamy..

  11. Wish i had this for lunch with rites or rice.

  12. This looks great...paneer mattar, I really relish this.

  13. Thanks guys and gals! Glad you liked it...

  14. looks very yummy.. your relatives must be impressed.. Raks has got some real mouthwatering recipes..

  15. So Tempting !!!



  16. I always love this simple subzi with roti.. and panneer and mutter is awesome combo.

  17. My favorite. The paneer looks soft and juicy. You have used very classic flavors of ginger and coriander, two spices which go very well together.

  18. hi,

    came across your blog today and saw references to the queens temple - do you live in new york? i am oriya too and have been looking for oriya people in ny... please shoot me an email if you are here :)


  19. Thanks all...
    @Hema - I agree. Rak's kitchen does have some yummy recipes... This was absolutely great!
    @Biskutu - no not in NY. Though we do visit the Queens temple at times...

  20. Paneer matar masala is my favourite. Looks gorgeous, spicy and yummy. Wonderful presentation.

  21. @Babli - mine too! I love it...
    @Sandhya - thanks!

  22. Oh yum-one of my fave paneer recipes,but I never fry the paneer. We like it cooked in the gravy. I also try and substitute paneer with firm tofu-tastes great.

  23. Great click and looks healthy and delicious...


  24. @Sarah - thanks.
    @Sweta - I substitute Paneer with Tofu sometimes too!
    @Palatable - thanks!

  25. A fabulous curry. Looks so delicious and yumm.

  26. Nice pics..
    Matar panner looks so yummy and delicious!! Love to gobble it up with some roti now..

  27. I bet your guest must have enjoyed this delicious paneer dish. Looks delicious...Rak's recipes are so well explained...

    Hamaree Rasoi

  28. @Hamaree Rasoi - I agree , Rak's recipes are very well explained and it also turned out so well!

  29. I enjoyed going thru ur recipes... never really into typical oriya food.. but i'm sure i'm gonna try now :)

  30. @Spiced and Cured - sure let me know if you like it...

  31. Hi,

    Looks so yummy....Lovely presentation...



  32. Paneer mattar masal looks so delicious dear. so rich and perfect.

  33. Love anything paner and this looks too good :-)
    I have added the frosting recipe I used for choco cupcakes. Thanks for reminding :-)

  34. Its early in the morning here and I am feeling like grabbing that bowl for breakfast :)

  35. Hi Somoo.. nice to see you too!
    Thanks and Happy Navratri! :)

  36. looks so yummy and perfect with any kinda of breads and rotis:)

  37. (You are tagged on my new post).