Matar Paneer | Peas and Cottage Cheese Curry

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Matar Paneer is a popular Indian curry dish made with green peas and cottage cheese from the North Indian cuisine. There are many variations of making this dish and in this post I am sharing 2 such delicious variations.

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  1. Matar Paneer – Easy home style recipe.
  2. Dhaba Style Matar Paneer – Spicy in Taste.

Both the recipes are shared with step by step photos and taste good. You can make either of them as per your preference.

About Easy Home Style Matar Paneer

This is a family recipe to make this spiced and creamy curry with peas and cottage cheese.

I often make this tasty mutter paneer recipe. In fact matar paneer is one of the most popular paneer dishes from North India.

This is a simple recipe for matar paneer and not a restaurant-style but a simple homemade dish that tastes good. The kinds which make for a homely comforting meal.

I learned to make mutter paneer first time at my in-laws’ place. This is a classic Punjabi recipe that we make. It is simple, fuss-free and easy.

For a slightly creamier version, I add cashews. To give some citrus notes to the curry, I also add coriander leaves (cilantro).

Matar paneer goes well with parathas or naan or cumin rice and even steamed rice. At home I usually make parathas or roti to go with it. A side veg or raita also goes well with the combination of matar paneer and parathas.

In the photos are paratha and mix veg salad with nuts served with the mutter paneer.

Vegans can substitute tofu with paneer and still enjoy the deliciousness.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Matar Paneer

1. Take ingredients for making the masala paste in a wet grinder – ½ cup chopped onions, ¾ cup chopped tomatoes, ½ inch ginger, 2 to 3 small to medium garlic cloves, 1 to 2 green chilies, 10 to 12 cashews (chopped), 2 tbsp coriander leaves, 4 to 5 whole black pepper, ½ inch cinnamon, 1 tsp coriander seeds & 2 to 3 cloves

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2. Grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste. No need to add water while grinding. There should be no small bits and pieces of cashews in the paste. Keep the ground paste aside.

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3. heat 2 to 2.5 tbsp oil or ghee. Add ½ tsp cumin seeds.

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4. Add the ground masala paste. Stir. Take care while sautéing as the paste splutters. If there is too much spluttering, then cover partly with a lid till the spluttering stops.

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5. Sauté for 10 to 12 minutes on a low to medium flame till the oil separates from the paste.

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6. Add all the dry spice powders – ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder and ¼ to ½ tsp garam masala powder. Stir very well. If adding cream or malai, you can add now. Stir and sauté for a minute.

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7. Add 1 cup rinsed peas or matar.

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8. Stir well.

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9. Then add 1 cup to 1.25 cups water and salt. Stir again.

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10. Pressure cook till the peas are cooked. Cook for about 2 to 3 whistles or 9 to 10 minutes. Check notes in recipe card below, on how to cook in a pan.

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11. When the pressure drops on its own, open the lid of the pressure cooker. If the gravy appears thin, then simmer till it reaches the desired consistency. The consistency is medium and neither thick nor thin. If the gravy appears thick, then add some water and simmer. For a slight sweet taste, you can also add up to ½ tsp of sugar.

Add the paneer cubes (250 to 300 grams). Simmer on a low flame for 1 minute or till the paneer cubes are cooked. Avoid overcooking as then the paneer would become dense and rubbery. You can even shallow or pan fry the paneer pieces separately and then add these to the curry.

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12. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.  Serve matar paneer with parathas or naan or tandoori roti. You can also serve it with khasta roti or with steamed rice or jeera rice or saffron rice.

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Note: This Matar Paneer recipe is from the archives (April 2013) and has been republished and updated on 28th June 2020.

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Matar Paneer

4.84 from 156 votes
Matar paneer is a spiced and creamy curry made with peas and cottage cheese.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 250 to 300 grams Paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 cup peas or matar – fresh or frozen
  • 1 to 1.25 cup water or 250 to 315 ml water or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder or punjabi garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon malai or cream (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar or add as required – optional *check notes
  • 2 to 2.5 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • a few coriander leaves (dhania patta) for garnishing
  • salt as required

ingredients for masala paste

  • 3 medium sized ripe red tomatoes – roughly chopped or ¾ cup roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 1 medium to large onion – roughly chopped or ½ cup roughly chopped onions
  • 1 to 2 green chilies – chopped
  • ½ inch ginger – chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic – chopped
  • 2 tablespoon roughly chopped coriander leaves – chopped
  • 10 to 12 whole cashews – chopped
  • 4 to 5 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

Instructions

making masala paste

  • In a grinder or blender take all the ingredients Mentioned under “masala paste” – ½ cup chopped onions, ¾ cup chopped tomatoes, ½ inch ginger, (2-3) garlic, (1-2) green chilies, (10-12) chopped cashews, 2 tbsp coriander leaves, (4-5) black pepper, ½ inch cinnamon, 1 tsp coriander seeds and (2-3) cloves. 
  • Grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste.
  • No need to add water while grinding. There should be no small bits and pieces of cashews in the paste.
  • Keep the ground paste aside.

making matar paneer

  • Heat oil or ghee. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. Saute the cumin till they splutter.
  • Then add the ground masala paste. Stir. Take care while sauteing as the paste splutters. If there is too much spluttering, then cover partly with a lid till the spluttering stops.
  • Saute for 10-12 minutes or more on a low to medium flame till the oil separates from the paste.
  • Add all the dry spice powders – turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder. Stir well.
  • If adding cream or malai, you can add now. Stir and saute for a minute.
  • Then add the peas or matar. Stir again.
  • Add water and season with salt.
  • Cover the cooker tightly and pressure cook till the peas are cooked. Cook for about 2 to 3 whistles or 9 to 10 minutes. (check notes below on how to cook in a pan.)
  • When the pressure drops on its own, open the lid of the pressure cooker.
  • If the curry appears thin, then simmer till it reaches the desired consistency. The consistency is medium and neither thick nor thin.
  • If the gravy appears thick, then add some water and simmer.
  • Add the paneer cubes. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes on a low flame or till the paneer cubes get cooked. For a slight sweet taste, you can also add sugar just before you add the paneer cubes.
  • Don’t overcook as the paneer becomes dense and hard then.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and Serve matar paneer with Indian Flatbreads like roti, paratha, naan or with steamed basmati rice or cumin rice.

Notes

For making mutter paneer in a pan or pot
  1. First fry the cumin seeds in a pan.
  2. Then add the masala paste and saute till oil releases from the sides.
  3. Add the dry spice powders and stir.
  4. Add the matar, salt and about 1.5 to 2 cups water.
  5. Close the pan and cook the peas till they become soft. If the curry dries up whilst cooking, add more water. Then continue with the rest of the recipe.
Note: If the tomatoes are sour, then sweeten the gravy by adding some sugar.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Matar Paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 109
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.1g19%
Saturated Fat 6.1g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.6g
Cholesterol 31.2mg10%
Sodium 824.9mg36%
Potassium 332.4mg9%
Carbohydrates 13.7g5%
Fiber 3.4g14%
Sugar 6.2g7%
Protein 10.5g21%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 32.2mg39%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About Dhaba Style Matar Paneer

This dhaba style matar paneer has the flavors and taste of dhaba like food in it.

Dhabas are eateries, food joints or restaurants on the highways and roads. Dhabas are frequented by folks who are travelling and the truck drivers. Dhabas usually serve local or regional food.

The food served in the Dhabas is mostly spicy and rich. They taste good too and that is why many people visit dhabas for a fulfilling soul satisfying meal.

This dhaba style matar paneer recipe is also easy and shared with step by step photos and video.

It is our favorite dish when we are looking to have a dhaba style food at home.

matar paneer dhaba style recipe

I have made the entire recipe in a pan. But you can even use a pressure cooker to save time.

You can pair this dhaba style mutter paneer with naan, tandoori roti or even steamed rice. It can also be had with saffron rice or cumin rice or biryani rice.

 
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Dhaba Style Matar paneer

preparing masala paste

1. In a grinder jar, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

2. Add ⅓ cup chopped onion.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

3. Then add 1 green chili (chopped), 1 inch ginger, (chopped) and  5 medium garlic cloves (chopped).

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

4. Add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

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5. Add 1 cup chopped tomatoes.

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6. Then add 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 5 black peppers and 3 cloves.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

7. Also add 12 cashews. You can even soak cashews in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain all the water and then add.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

8. grind to a smooth paste without adding any water. If required you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water while grinding.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

Making Mutter Paneer Curry

1. Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons oil in a heavy pan. Then add the ground masala paste.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

2. On a low to medium-low flame begin to saute the paste.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

3. Keep on sautéing and stirring often till the paste thickens and you see oil leaving the sides of the paste.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

4. The color of masala will also change and you will clearly see the oil releasing from the paste.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

5. Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

6. Next add 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

7. Mix the spice powders very well with the masala.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

8. Add 1 cup green peas. You can use fresh or frozen green peas.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

9. Mix the peas with the masala.

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10. Then add 2 to 2.25 cups water or add as required.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

11. Season with salt as required. Mix very well.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

12. Cover the pan with its lid and simmer the peas gravy on a medium-low to medium flame till the peas are cooked.

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13. Do check when the peas are cooking and if required add some more water.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

14. Check the doneness of green peas by pressing them with a spoon and they should get mashed easily.

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15. Then add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder.

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16. Add ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves).

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

17. Add 200 to 250 grams paneer (cubed).

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18. Mix and cook for a minute.

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19. Then add ½ inch ginger (julienne).

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20. Add 3 tablespoons low-fat cream.

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21. Mix very well. Switch off the flame.

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

22. Then lastly add 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

23. Serve dhaba style matar paneer with Indian flatbread like chapati, tandoori roti, naan or with rice-based dish like steamed rice or cumin rice.

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Dhaba Style Matar Paneer

4.81 from 115 votes
Delicious and spicy dhaba style curry made with green peas and cottage cheese.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegetarian

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

for masala paste

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 60 grams onion or ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 1 green chili – chopped
  • 1 inch ginger – chopped
  • 5 medium garlic cloves – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • 215 grams tomatoes or 3 medium tomatoes or 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 5 whole black peppers
  • 3 cloves
  • 12 cashews

for gravy

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons oil
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch
  • 1 cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • 2 to 2.25 cups water or add as required
  • 200 to 250 grams Paneer – cubed (cottage cheese)
  • ½ inch ginger – julienne
  • ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 3 tablespoons low fat cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • salt as required

Instructions

making masala paste

  • In a grinder jar, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ⅓ cup chopped onion,  1 green chili (chopped), 1 inch ginger, (chopped) and 5 medium garlic cloves (chopped).
  • Add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves and 1 cup chopped tomatoes.
  • Then add 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 5 black peppers and 3 cloves.
  • Add 12 cashews. You can even soak cashews in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain all the water and then add.
  • Grind to a smooth paste without adding any water. If required you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water while grinding.

making dhaba style matar paneer

  • Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons oil in a heavy pan. Then add the ground masala paste.
  • On a low to medium-low flame begin to saute the paste.
  • Keep on sautéing and stirring often till the paste thickens and you see oil leaving the sides of the paste.
  • The color of masala will also change and you will clearly see the oil releasing from the paste.
  • Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch.
  • Mix the spice powders very well with the masala.
  • Add 1 cup green peas. You can use fresh or frozen green peas. Mix the peas with the masala.
  • Then add 2 to 2.25 cups water or add as required. Season with salt as required. Mix very well. 
  • Cover the pan with its lid and simmer the matar gravy on a medium-low to medium flame till the peas are cooked.
  • Do check when the peas are cooking and if required add some more water.
  • Check the doneness of peas by pressing them with a spoon and they should get mashed easily.
  • Then add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder.
  • Add ½ teaspoon kasuri methi (crushed).
  • Add 200 to 250 grams paneer (cubed). Mix and cook for a minute.
  • Then add ½ inch ginger (julienne) and 3 tablespoons low fat cream.
  • Mix very well. Switch off the flame.
  • Then lastly add 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.
  • Serve matar paneer with chapatis, tandoori rotis, naan, lachcha paratha, pudina paratha or steamed rice or jeera rice.

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Notes

  1. For a less spicy taste add ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch.
  2. Instead of paneer you can use tofu.
  3. For a thicker gravy, you can add less water. 
  4. For cooking in a pressure cooker, add 1.5 cups water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Dhaba Style Matar Paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 655mg28%
Potassium 286mg8%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 990IU20%
Vitamin C 24.6mg30%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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