Matar Paneer – Light Everyday Recipe

Matar Paneer - Light Everyday Recipe - Family Meal Plan - Enhance Your Palate

My kids simply love matar-paneer (Peas with Indian cottage cheese in light tomato gravy). In fact, it seems like all south-asian kids love matar-paneer. I don’t mind if they eat it for both lunch and dinner because both matar (peas) and paneer (Indian cottage cheese) are a great source of protein. Adding greek yogurt in the recipe, further increases the protein content. However, I make my day-to-day matar paneer in a slightly different way to keep it light on little tummies and keep the carbohydrate to protein ratio more balanced. In other words, I do not add nut paste and heavy cream to make it creamy with thick consistency.

This simple day-to-day matar paneer recipe only takes a few ingredients and has very simple steps. Actual cooking takes 40 to 50 minutes due to simmering and cooking tomato puree. But, you can also take care of other errands while this is cooking on the stove.

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Matar Paneer Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat Dutch oven on medium heat and add ghee/oil in it.
  2. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, ginger and green chilis. Sauté for few seconds.
  3. Then add nuts and roast for a minute more.
  4. Now add tomato puree, give it a good stir, cover it up with a lid and let it cook on medium heat.
  5. Sauté it for around 15-20 minutes or until tomato puree start leaving the pan or start separating the oil from it. Keep stirring in between to prevent the burning. Be careful of the tomato splutters though.
  6. Now add hung yogurt and mix well and cook for 5 more minutes.
  7. Add all the spices except garam masala, and give it a good stir to mix up all the spices well.
  8. Now add green peas and cubed paneer. Stir it and add 4 cups of water. Matar Paneer
  9. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Simmering is what brings all the flavors out in the dish. If it starts to get too thick, add little more water and adjust the consistency as per your desire.
  10. Add garam masala, lemon juice and mix well.
  11. Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy.

5 from 2 votes
Matar Paneer - Light Everyday Recipe - Family Meal Plan - Enhance Your Palate
Matar Paneer - Light Everyday Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

This matar paneer recipe has been modified for daily family use and is thus not loaded with cream, nut paste and other heavy ingredients that are usually added to rich authentic version of this recipe.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Cottage Cheeses, Mutter Paneer, Paneer
Servings: 6
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Rupali Agarwal
Ingredients
Produce
  • 600 gm Tomato 6 medium size pureed
  • 300 gm Green Peas frozen: 2 cups
  • 15 gm Ginger 1 inch piece
  • 5 gm Green Chilies 2-3 chillies slit into halves - adjust as per spice level
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 15 gm Cilantro Handful chopped
Protein/Dairy & Nuts
  • 400 gm Cottage Cheese Paneer: 2 cups cubed
  • 75 gm Greek Yogurt ¼ cup strained/hung
  • 28 gm Broken Cashews ¼ cup
Spices
Instructions
  1. Heat Dutch oven on medium heat and add ghee/oil in it. 

  2. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, ginger and green chilis. Sauté for few seconds.

  3. Then add nuts and roast for a minute more.

  4. Now add tomato puree, give it a good stir, cover it up with a lid and let it cook on medium heat. 

  5. Sauté it for around 15-20 minutes or until tomato puree start leaving the pan or start separating the oil from it. Keep stirring in between to prevent the burning. Be careful of the tomato splutters though.

  6. Now add hung yogurt and mix well and cook for 5 more minutes.

  7. Add all the spices except garam masala, and give it a good stir to mix up all the spices well.

  8. Now add green peas and cubed paneer. Stir it and add 4 cups of water.

  9. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Simmering is what brings all the flavors out in the dish. If it starts to get too thick, add little more water and adjust the consistency as per your desire. 

  10. Add garam masala, lemon juice and mix well.

  11. Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Matar Paneer - Light Everyday Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 466mg20%
Potassium 529mg15%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1560IU31%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 thoughts on “Matar Paneer – Light Everyday Recipe

    1. Hello Narang, Thank you for your comment and apologies for the late response. The Dutch oven you see in the pictures came with my purchase of Tramontina 3-piece Induction Cooking System from Costco.

      Thanks – Rupali

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