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Matar Paneer (Paneer and Peas)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tablespoon light cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon amchoor powder
  • 2 cups pureed tomatoes
  • 500 gms paneer diced into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 cups frozen peas thawed
  • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • water as needed
  • salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan on medium heat and add in cumin seeds. As soon as it starts to sizzle, add in onion and fry for 2-3 minutes till lightly browned.
  • Add ginger, garlic and spices, and fry for a few seconds till fragrant. Stir in the tomato puree and combine well with the onion and spices.
  • Mix in the paneer cubes and cook covered for 2-3 minutes on low heat. Stir in frozen peas, dried fenugreek leaves and salt, and cook covered for another 3-5 minutes. If you prefer it a bit more saucy, add some water and bring it to a slow simmer.
  • Serve hot with fresh rotis or a side of rice.