Many of the readers requested for this recipe. So finally here it is. Though I love paneer, I use it very rarely in my cooking. Recently I bought it to make ‘butter paneer masala’ for a small get together at home. The next day, I made this mater paneer – green peas with paneer, with naan.
I have noticed that, frying paneer for few minutes before adding it to any gravy, makes it very tasty. So that is what I followed for this recipe too. Another thing I am following these days is, making fresh spice powders. That makes the dish very fragrant.
2 tomatoes (blanched and pureed)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (fry in little oil and puree) or 2 tbl spn cashews (blanched and pureed)
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 cup green peas(fresh/frozen)
1 cup paneer cubes
1 tea spn ginger-garlic paste (freshly made)
3-4 strands coriander leaves
Spice powder –
1 tea spn chilli powder
3/4 tea spn coriander seeds
3/4 tea spn cumin seeds
Heat ghee/butter/oil and shallow fry paneer cubes till they turn golden brown. Take them on a clean paper towel.
Now add bay leaf, cumin seeds to the remaining oil. When cumin seeds start popping, add ginger-garlic paste and fry for few minutes. Now add peas and fry for few minutes.
Add the tomato and onion(or cashew) puree, spice powder, salt and let it cook till the peas are done.
Now add paneer and cook for 2-3 mins (do not mix a lot, the paneer gets crumbled).
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
Serves : 2
Preparation time : 20mins