Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mutter Paneer Masala

Mutter Paneer masala is a  north Indian curry made with mutter(Peas) and paneer(Indian Cottage cheese).It goes well with Jeera Pulao and Roti.When my kids wanted a different paneer sidedish I go with this recipe.Those were the days when I used to go to restaurants to taste paneer recipes.Now I cannot believe that I can make more yummier recipes than the one that they serve at restaurants..These dishes are so easy to make and u can vary the amount of ingredients according to our taste...When u make it at home u have control over the amount of butter and cream added to the gravy..
Try this yummy restaurant special recipe and have it with hot phulkas/Jeera Rice
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1 Cup of Indian Cottage cheese(Paneer)
1/2 Cup of fresh Peas
1 medium sized onion(Chopped finely)
1 Tsp of ginger garlic paste
1 Tsp of Red chilli powder
1/2 Tsp of Garam Masala powder
A pinch of turmeric powder
1 Tbsp of Kasoori methi(Dry methi leaves)
1 Tsp of Butter (to saute paneer)
salt to taste
3 Tbsp of fresh cream/thick milk
1 Tsp of oil
1 tsp of jeera/cumin seeds
Grind it to paste:
2 Tsp of oil
1 No. of onion(chop n saute)
2 Medium size tomato(chop n saute)
1 no of clove
1/2 inch cinnamon
Chop the onions and tomatoes
Pressure cook the green peas so that it gets cooked.
Cube the paneer
In a pan add 2 tsp of oil.Add clove n cinnamon
Add onions saute it.
Then add tomatoes and saute it well.
Cool the mixture and grind it into nice smooth paste.
In another pan add butter and saute the paneer pieces gently.
Then put them in water.This is to make the paneer soft.
In the same pan add oil.
Then add jeera/cumin seeds and leave it to splutter
Then add ginger garlic paste and saute it till the raw smell goes off.See to it that it doesn't gets burnt.
Then add chopped onions and saute it
Then add the grinded tomato-onion paste and saute it well.
Add chilli powder,garam masala powder,turmeric powder and saute it well.
Add little water and bring it to boil.
Add crushed kasoori methi to it.
Add fresh cream/thick milk to it and make it boil.
Then add cubed paneer(drain the water in which the cubes were soaked)
Add cooked peas to it and mix well.Heat it for some time
Garnish with a spoon of cream and serve it hot with hot phulkas/rotis/jeera rice.
Handy Tips:
  • Instead of fresh cream u can use thick milk
  • Paneer after sauted is added to water to make it soft
  • If u are using dried peas then soak it overnight and then pressure cook it
  • While cooking peas add little bit of salt
  • U can add 1/2 tsp of coriander powder too.
  • U can avoid adding the chopped onions while making the gravy.As i love the crunchy taste inbetween i added.If not saute it,grind it and add it
  • A tsp of sugar can be added while saute to give a slight sweet taste to the gravy.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    I made this and it turned out amazing. It does taste like the restaurant. I used tofu, I am sure the paneer would be way better. Just a few questions if you can help. How much water did you put in, and you didn't use any salt? Also, at the very end, after I was cooking everything together, what heat do you put it on because most of the creaminess evaporated? Thank you so much for this recipe.