Malai Matar Paneer

Malai Matar Paneer

Who loves Paneer?

Wait. Let me rephrase.

Who doesn’t love Paneer? (If you put your hand up, I give up. You don’t like good food!)

Some of the BEST Indian curries are made with Paneer as the main ingredient. And needless to say, they taste divine! This one does too. I promise! 🙂 Malai Matar Paneer is an invention. A take on Matar Paneer & Malai Paneer (recipes to follow). Simply put, this one has cottage cheese cubes and boiled peas dunked in a creamy tomato & onion gravy.

Being a self-proclaimed Curry Queen, I have this uncontrollable need to keep experimenting with curries. Most of them taste amazing. The ones that DON’T taste good, my guinea pig (my brother S) eats them anyway! 😉 Thankfully, this was a delicious gravy. Having nailed this way of making gravy, these days; I do most of mine this way. I guess the milk/cream offsets the spices in the recipe!

Let’s make a creamy, delicious Curry!

To begin with, add chopped tomatoes to a blender & blend to a fine puree. (you can even blanch the tomatoes if you want. I don’t mind the skin so I let it be.)
 

Cut paneer to half inch cubes & set aside. Then boil peas in water for 8-10 minutes to soften it

To milk, add Garam Masala, Chilli Powder, Cumin Powder and mix well. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add onions, garlic & green chilli. Sauté for 2 minutes or until onions are translucent.

Add the tomato puree. Mix well & let it cook for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce reduces by half.

Add tomato ketchup & mix well.

Let it boil & reduce to a paste – where oil starts to ooze from the sides.

Add the milk mixture.

Mix well & boil for 4-5 minutes

Add partially boiled peas (boiled for 6-8 minutes). Mix well

Add salt to taste.

Let that boil for 5 minutes until peas are soft

Add the cubed Paneer (cottage cheese) & fresh mint leaves.

Mix well and boil for 2 minutes.

Serve hot with rice or any kind of bread.

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Malai Matar Paneer
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (1/2 kg) Fresh Paneer
  • 1 cup Fresh or Thawed Peas
  • 3 medium Tomatoes (for puree) {or use 1, 16oz can of canned tomatoes}
  • 1 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 2 Green Chilli, finely chopped (or use 1 tsp hot pepper flakes)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 cup Milk (use fresh cream for richer gravy)
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder (skip for less spicy version)
  • 12 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 TBsp Tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup Mint leaves (optional)
  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • Water (if the gravy is too thick, too loosen it)
Instructions
  1. Chop paneer to half inch cubes & set aside. Boil peas in water for 8-10 minutes to soften it
  2. To begin with, add chopped tomatoes to a blender & blend to a fine puree. (you can even blanch the tomatoes if you want. I don't mind the skin so I let it be.)
  3. To milk, add Garam Masala, Chilli Powder, Cumin Powder and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add onions, ginger, garlic & green chilli. Sauté for 2 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  5. Add the tomato puree. Mix well & let it cook for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce reduces by half. Add tomato ketchup & mix well.
  6. Let it boil & reduce to a paste - where oil starts to ooze from the sides.
  7. Add the milk mixture. Mix well & boil for 4-5 minutes
  8. Add partially boiled peas (boiled for 6-8 minutes). Mix well
  9. Add salt to taste. Let that boil for 5 minutes until peas are soft
  10. Add the cubed Paneer (cottage cheese) & fresh mint leaves.
  11. Mix well and boil for 2 minutes.
  12. Serve hot

7 Comment

  1. This looks delicious and simple to make. I’m definitely going to try this. I didn’t notice the quantity for cumin in the ingredients list. About how much cumin do you use? Thanks in advance!

    1. 1/2 tsp. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ve made the edit 🙂

      1. Ok great. Thanks. 🙂

  2. Hi.. Tried the recipe. Came out amazingly well! Thanks for the share 🙂

    1. Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

  3. In step three I believe there is a mistake.

    “Heat oil in a pan, add onions, garlic & green chilli. Sauté for 2 minutes or until tomatoes are translucent.”

    Do you mean until the onions are translucent? 🙂

    1. Yes, absolutely! 😀 Thanks for pointing it out. I’ve corrected the same!

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