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mutter paneer
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Dhaba Style Matar Paneer recipe

Mutter paneer recipe dhaba style is an easy curry to bring the magic of Punjabi cuisine home.Make this paneer peas curry in the instant pot or on stovetop.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Dhaba Style Matar Paneer, halwai style matar paneer, matar paneer instant pot, mutter paneer dhaba style
Servings: 4


  • pan


  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon green chilli chopped
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup tomato puree with ginger,chillies
  • 250 gram paneer or cottage cheese
  • ½ cup peas
  • 2 tablespoon curd optional
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves optional
  • Salt as per taste
  • For Garnish: 1 tablespoon chopped coriander


  • Heat oil in a pan.add cumin seeds,let them crackle
  • Cook onions & salt until brown.
  • Add tomato puree,spices&salt.Cook for 8-10 mins or until oil oozes out.
  • Add yogurt,cook until oil oozes out.
  • Add paneer cubes,peas,kasuri methi & mix well.
  • Add salt along with 1 cup water.Cook until it starts to boil, cover for few minutes,turn off the heat
  • Garnish with chopped coriander
  • Serve hot with roti or rice.

mutter paneer instant pot

  • Make the onion,tomato gravy from the above steps in the instant pot using the saute option
  • Add paneer cubes to the pot.
  • Add fresh or frozen peas to the mix
  • Add water ( For 250gms paneer add 1 cup water for the curry )
  • Cook for 5 minutes on high pressure on the Seal position. Release pressure after 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander, serve warm


Optionally you may fry paneer cubes before adding to the curry.
If you do not have paneer handy,you may use haloumi.
For vegan option,replace paneer with tofu and replace yogurt with 1 tablespoon chickpea flour.
Add more water if you prefer to thin gravy
Adjust the spices(chillies/garam masala) as per your taste.
Refer to our details post on making paneer at home here


Serving: 2g