Monday, January 24, 2011

Matar Paneer Masala

Matar Paneer Masala
I never get tired of eating Paneer Butter Masala,but sometimes we need a change,not a big one but a change nevertheless.Matar Paneer masala is the answer,tastes almost like PBM with the crunch and sweetness of green peas throughout.I had bookmarked this recipe from Raks kitchen a while back and got around making it last weekend.All the while I was making the curry I was thinking how similar it is to PBM and couldn't wait to taste it,it was smelling so good!!


The recipe might seem a bit long,but it follows the regular North Indian curry route.If you have everything ready,this could be done in less than 15 minutes.And it has got a great wow factor attached to it,we had some friends over for lunch and the best compliment I received was their query as to from where we ordered the food!!Such sweet words,harmony to my ears!!


I served it with Methi pulao and Cucumber raita,but would love to try it with some Butter Naan or Tandoori roti.Or I could even plop myself on the bean bag and have this by itself[is it obvious that I am totally kicked about this one??Thank you Raks!]Matar Paneer Masala
Matar Paneer Masala
Recipe minimally adapted from Raks Kitchen


Ingredients


Paneer - 1 cup,I used a 200gm block
Green peas-Fresh or frozen - 1 cup
Curd - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 3,I skipped this
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - for garnishing
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Oil/Ghee - 2 tsp
Salt to taste


To roast and then grind into a paste


Onion - 2,sliced
Tomato -2,sliced
Cardamom - 1
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 1 ' piece
Jeera - 1 tsp
Pepper - 5
Oil - 1 tsp


Method


MPM-step1 
In a thick bottomed kadai add oil and splutter the whole garam masalas-cardamom,clove,cinnamon and then jeera and pepper.
MPM-step2 
Mix in the onions and roast till it starts turning golden brown,add the tomatoes at this stage and roast till the whole mix starts turning pulpy.
MPM-step3 
Add the masala powders-chilly,coriander and haldi powders.
Roast well till the masalas blend into the mixture and till the raw smell of the masala subsides.
MPM-step4 
Switch off the flame and let it cool,then grind into a smooth paste adding very little water.
MPM-step 
Microwave the peas for 2-3 minutes in high in a microwave safe bowl. Stir in between for even cooking. Set aside.
Shallow fry the paneer cubes in a kadai with a tsp of oil till the paneer starts to brown.Immerse the shallow fried paneer cubes in boiling water and keep it closed until required.[You could skip this step and immerse the fresh paneer in hot water without frying].
MPM-step 
In a kadai,heat oil and add the minced green chilly[if using] and the ginger garlic paste and roast for a minute.
Add in the pureed masala and give a good stir.
MPM-step 
Add the cooked peas,well beaten curd and salt to taste and stir well.
Mix in the paneer[squeezed well] and about 1/2 a cup of water and simmer for 5-7 minutes,by which time the gravy would thicken.
MPM-step 
Add the garam masala,lemon juice and fresh coriander leaves.
Give a good mix and serve hot.
Tastes great with pulao or even a simple roti.

18 comments :

  1. This looks yum, what a coincidence I too posted this yest and here u r tempting me with ur version :)

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  2. I love to cook dishes form things which I have 'saved' like the frozen peas here, gives me a kick! How I would love to stock up on peas, only someone give me a big freezer, its already overflowing!!


    Looks spicy-yuumm.. can't resist paneer.. help!

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  3. fabulous divya..mouthwatering click..

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  4. Slurp,thats a droolworthy and fingerlicking Matar paneer masala..

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  5. Looks yumm..love it anytime...This gravy is my saver when I dont have any veggies at home..I use both the frozen paneer n peas to make this..

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  6. Hi divya, I love paneer butter masala, if thismattar paneer masala tastes like PBM then must try this soon. thanx for posting this dish. Will sure make this with pulao.

    http://myexperimentswithfood.blogspot.com

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  7. I love paneer!!PBM looks spicy and delish..

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  8. i love Mattar Paneer. looks yum and delicious.

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  9. Lunch today was methi pulao :-) maybe I should have made matar paneer too :)

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  10. Loved this dish since I am huge fan of paneer. That looks delicious!

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  11. yumyu and delicious matter paneer
    1st time here wonderful space






















    spicy yummy and delicious
    1st time here wonderful space do visit

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  12. Looks really good,glad you and the 'guests'liked and wow,the compliments indeed makes one feel proud :)
    And some how I felt that I had already commented in this post! Think just read the post and dream like commenting ..hehe

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  13. Looking delicious !!!but at which stage U used the curd to this recipe.Can u plz mention it.

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  14. Hey Divya, tried this out few days back and it came out real well. Everyone liked it a lot ! Thanks to u and Raks !

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  15. My son who is 19 yrs he read this nd made a tasty Paneer Matar Masala. Please keep on posting easy recipes from the boys to understand.

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Divya.

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