Matar Paneer is a lifesaver when someone drops in all of a sudden. You can pressure cook the curry and serve it within few mins.Both peas and cottage cheese are packed with pro. Pair mattar paneer with poori or roti for a quick meal. You can also pair it with jeera rice and raita if you want to go gluten-free.
Paneer is also a great option when you do not know what kids would like, when someone comes home. Generally, potato and paneer is a crowd favorite. It is easy to cook and you do not need too many ingredients. I generally keep paneer in my fridge, it is a great option after long day of work. It doesn't need hours of cook time. Nowadays, it is easily available locally even abroad. If you want to try a dhaba style version, click here.
Benefits of Cottage cheese:
- Great source of protein.
- Good for calcium.
- Maintains blood sugar level.
- Great source of folate.
- Improves digestive capacity.
What makes paneer so versatile?
I love paneer because it is versatile to cook with too.It is a soft cheese which can be made into blocks or eaten scrambled.
You can make a starter, curry, pilaf, and even a dessert in a short time. Paneer curries are so many. You can eat anyone each week and still not be bored. Paneer Butter masala, Paneer tikka Masala, Paneer bhurji, Kadai Paneer, Achari paneer, Paneer lablabadar or good old Palak paneer. That means you will only repeat the first curry after 2 months. Isn't that cool?
If you like sweets there are no dearth of it with chhena. Be it baked cheese cake chhena pudo or rassogulla. Rasmalai or Rajbhog. If appetizer is your choice, ;manchurian and pakodas/fritters are yummy option. If rice and parathas are your choice, make a biryani or paratha.
You may buy the cottage cheese from dairy or make it at home. In case you do not have paneer, substitute it with halloumi or tofu. Tofu will give you the vegan option. Pressure cook the curry and serve it with tandoori roti for that special dinner.
How to make matar paneer?
Scroll below to read matar paneer masala recipe
Matar Paneer(In Pressure cooker)
- ¼ cup oil
- ginger garlic,green chillies(1 teaspoon each)
- ⅓ cup onions chopped
- 1 cup tomato puree
- ½ tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 2 tsp. chilli powder
- 1 tbsp. coriander pdr
- 2 tsp.salt
- 2 tbsp. yogurt
- 300 gms paneer cottage cheese
- ¾ cup peas
- 1.5 cup water
- 1 tablespoon kasoori methi
- In a pressure cooker,add oil,ginger,garlic and chillies.
- Add Onion,cook until brown.
- Now,add tomato puree,cook for 8-10 minutes.
- Add spices,cook for 5 minutes.
- Add curd,cook until oil comes out.
- Add Paneer,peas,water and kasuri methi.
- Pressure cook until 1-2 whistles.
- Serve with Roti bread.
What can I do with lots of peas?
Matar or peas recipes look easy especially when you are using frozen peas. Less work yet full of protein! Below are some of our favorite ones.
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