Today, I am going to let you know about a very popular recipe of India, originating in the northern Indian state of Punjab.
It is called matar paneer curry.
Matar refers to green peas and paneer is home-made cottage cheese made from milk. You can make this recipe also with tofu in case you cannot find paneer in local stores. This dish can be had with naan (flat Indian bread) or rice. It is one of the most ordered dishes in urban Indian restaurants.
How to make paneer (Indian cottage cheese) at home
Boil one liter of milk, squeeze some lemon juice or vinegar when the milk is boiling. When enough lemon juice/vinegar is added, you will find the milk curdling. Switch off the gas, let it cool, strain and collect the cheese in a fine cloth and then let it set until it is firm. When it is firm, set it on a plate and cut it into cubes. Keep it aside.
How to make “matar paneer curry”
One small bay leaf
200 grams of paneer
A handful of peas
One slit green chilli
One medium-sized onion, finely sliced
One tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
Two tomatoes cut into four pieces
Half teaspoon turmeric powder
Half teaspoon red chilli powder
A teaspoon of garam masala (a mixture made of cardamon, cinnamon and cloves)
Salt to taste
A handful of green coriander leaves to garnish.
How to make the dish:
1. Heat one tablespoon of oil in the vessel. Let it become hot.
2. Add the bay leaf.
3. Now add the sliced onions and fry till it changes color.
4. Add the ginger-garlic paste. Sautee for some time. If it becomes too dry, you can add some water.
5. Add the salt, turmeric, and chili powder and saute for a few more minutes.
6. Next, add a handful of green peas and tomatoes. Continue to stir.
7. Pour one cup of water. Let it come to boil.
8. Mix the curry well till it becomes thick and creamy.
9. Now, add the cubed paneer. Let it boil for two minutes.
10. You can check the curry to see if you need to add more salt.
11. Add the slit green chili and the garam masala powder.
12. Sprinkle green coriander leaves.
The curry is ready to be served with rice or naan!
I hope you enjoyed reading today’s recipe.
Why don’t you try it at home and see how it goes?
Hello! My name is Priya and I’m from Mumbai in India. My hobbies are reading, writing, swimming and watching movies. I look forward to sharing my blogs with you!