Mattar Paneer is a Indian curry made with fresh green peas and cottage cheese cubes. A simple yet very flavourful curry which can be made in different versions .
Mattar Paneer is a regular feature in our house . I make different versions , but doubt if I have posted any of them . Today’s version is a Rajasthani version and my Rajasthani friend has made it . The gravy is made with onions and tomatoes but the ratio of these is what makes the difference . The Paneer cubes have been fried and immersed in water which makes them very soft . I really can’t say what makes it Rajasthani but my friend claims that most Rajasthani ‘s make it this way . Perhaps it is the slight touch of ghee that changes the flavour, which truly is amazing .
Now off to the recipe with a promise of posting different versions of this soon .
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp ghee
1 large onion. Finely chopped
2 Large tomatoes, puréed
1 cup fresh green peas
100 gms cottage cheese
1/2 tsp ginger , grated
2 green chilly, finely chopped
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Cut cottage cheese into cubes and deep fry .
Immediately immerse them in water .
Heat 2 tbsp oil + 1 tsp ghee in a pressure cooker.
Add the onion and sauté till pink.
Add ginger and green chillies.
Add the green peas and sauté.
Add all spices and sauté again .
Add tomato purée and cook till all moisture is absorbed .
Drain the cottage cheese cubes .
Add the cubes and about one cup water .
Mix well and close the lid of pressure cooker.
Let cook for one whistle and then simmer for 5-7 minutes .
Switch off the gas and let the pressure release .
Add coriander leaves and serve .
Mattar Paneer is one of the dishes that I made for Rajasthani Thali