Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mutter Paneer

"Mutter Paneer"

Mutter Paneer is a very popular paneer dish and is quite often prepared at home. A delicious preparation of green peas and paneer simmered in an onion and tomato based gravy.
There are various recipes of Mutter paneer, but this one is how my mom prepares and there is nothing fancy about it. A simple homemade dish which goes well with roti, paratha or just plain steamed rice. A comforting food indeed....


Paneer, Cottage Cheese, cubed - 250 grams
Green peas - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium +1 small
Ginger - 2 cm
Garlic - 2-3 cloves (fat ones)
Tomato, pureed - 2 medium
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper powder - 1/4th teaspoon
Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil - 3 tablespoon

Oil for deep frying paneer


Finely chop the small onion.

Grind onion ginger and garlic in a blender, to a smooth paste. Add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander and black pepper powder to the ginger garlic and onion paste, add a tablespoon of water and make a masala paste, keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadhai, and fry the paneer cubes till light golden brown, drain and keep aside on absorbent paper.

Reduce oil from the kadhai, until 3 tablespoon. Add chopped onion and fry till it turns slightly golden brown. Add the masala paste and fry for 3-4 minutes add tomato puree and fry for 4-5 minutes until the oil starts leaving the sides.

Add green peas along with salt, mix well, add 1/4th cup of water bring it to boil, reduce the flame to medium, cover and cook stirring occasionally until the peas become tender.

Once the peas are tender add the fried paneer cubes, mix well, add around one and half cups of water and bring the gravy to a boil, add garam masala mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat, add the freshly chopped green coriander, mix well and turn off the heat.

Serve hot along with chapati, paratha, naan or rice.

Enjoy :)