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Matar Paneer - A Green Peas and Paneer Recipe

Updated on June 19, 2015
Matar Paneer served with roti
Matar Paneer served with roti

Matar Paneer

An immensely popular dish, Matar Paneer is a North Indian dish whose fame has spread everywhere. It is a must on all special occasions, as well as restaurant menus. A dish enjoyed by people of all ages as both matar and paneer, just on their own, are well loved,by all, and of course, when combined, it is a guaranteed hit

I have boiled the peas beforehand for 5 minutes so that they will get tender before the cooking - this also ensures both, that the color remains green, and the sweetness is preserved. Its always great if you get great peas which are tender - the tip is to avoid mature peas which lose their tenderness and sweetness. The paneer is lightly fried as deep fried paneer hardens in texture. I also add kashmiri chilli which gives a reddish color, and it also enhances the taste to the dish without making it hot.

So, lets not wait a bit and get to the recipe.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 3 people
Matar (Green Peas)
Matar (Green Peas)


  • 250 gms matar (green peas)
  • 150 gms paneer
  • 2 medium size onions
  • 2 medium size tomato
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 or 2 pinches of kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • Salt (according to taste)
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)


1. Boil the matar in a little water for 5-7 minutes. Then drain the water and keep the matar aside.

2. Cut the paneer into cubes.

3. Cut the onions and tomatoes finely.

Paneer cubes
Paneer cubes

Instructions for cooking

1. Heat oil in a pan and when its ready, on a low to medium flame, fry the paneer pieces very lightly and then remove the paneer cubes from the pan and keep aside.

2. In the same pan, add onions and fry till it changes its color. Now, add the ginger-garlic paste and stir fry for a minute.

3. Add tomatoes and fry till it cooks. Now, add 2 tbsp of water and turmeric, chilli, kashmiri chilli, coriander, cumin and garam masala powder, and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutues. Now, add sugar and salt, and stir fry for a minute. At this point, the oil will start to separate from the masala.

4. Add your boiled peas and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Then, add paneer pieces and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Now, add 1 1/2 cup of water and cook for 10 minutes with the lid on. By this time, the peas would have completely cooked. Add and adjust water according to your preference - if you want thicker, add less, if more liquid-y, then more water. Switch off the flame.

5. Your Matar Paneer is ready.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Paneer frying
Paneer frying
Matar Paneer garnished with coriander leaves
Matar Paneer garnished with coriander leaves

Matar is such a vegetable that it has a sweetness inherent to it and so I love this veggie. And when combined with paneer, this dish tastes great. I enjoyed cooked this and eating it. This works great too if you have guests over and it is served with roti, paratha or any type of rice.

So, prepare this and enjoy.

Msatar Paneer served with rice
Msatar Paneer served with rice
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    • infobizboard profile imageAUTHOR

      Sameer Chowdhury 

      3 years ago from Pune, India

      Thanks pstrabie48, love that you appreciated and voted this recipe up.

      Paneer is sometimes referred to as cottage cheese but it isn't the same. Its prepared by adding lemon juice into hot milk, which results in a precipitate as the water in the milk separates from it. Then by pressing weight over this precipitate, further water is extracted from it. The solid left after all this is Paneer.

      Its commonly available in India, but I never checked in supermarkets abroad (if it is available, it may be in the dairy section). However, if you can find some Indian shops, you will, without doubt, find this and every other ingredient from my recipes there.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      This sounds very tempting I know I can google it but would like to hear from you..what is paneer and where can I purchase some

      Thanks for sharing.

      Will give this a try as soon as I can find all of the ingredients.

      Voted up+++

      Angels are on the way to you ps


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