Mattar paneer is a north Indian based dish consisting of paneer (cottage cheese) and peas cooked in a sweet and spicy sauce. The dish is very similar to the palak paneer (paneer with spinach). One of the dishes that is very popular and available in most of the restaurants and dhabas. The dish is nicely garnished with a splash of cream and coriander leaves to enhance the flavors and texture. This dish is probably the most popular curry found all over India. First, the cottage cheese is prepared in the traditional method. The base is prepared with cumin seeds, garam masala, vine ripened tomatoes and the green peas and Paneer cheese cubes are added for stir frying on high heat. Served with a variety of Indian breads like the naan, paratha, poori and roti. Few people also prefer to take it with rice or pulaos. Green peas and paneer are the most eye catching ingredients, colorful, wonderful texture and has got supercharges nutritional profile with delicious flavor. Matar Paneer is a culinary gem of North Indian cuisine, popular, simple to make and delectable creamy curry that is hard to resist. This North Indian staple is bursting with goodness and flavor making the green peas and paneer taste heavenly in an exotic creamy sauce that pop ups your taste buds. Paneer is fresh Indian cheese, easy to prepare but the only drawback is that it takes a lot of milk to prepare a little paneer. It perhaps the only kind of cheese most commonly eaten in India with a sweet smell, kind of rubbery with a mild flavor and the best form of protein source for vegetarians in their diet next to Soya protein. It is a block of condensed milk solids made my curdling milk (low fat or high fat) with acid, then strained with a muslin cloth and left to set under a weight until it is set into a block of white smooth textured cheese. Kids love eating paneer coz they are soft, spongy and meaty. Paneer, or Indian cheese, is one of those wonderful ingredients that once you discover you wonder how you ever lived without. This recipe is more of a traditional Punjabi fare. It’s so simple and effective. Home made paneer is unsalted, white cheese that is truly a fresh quality and a dense, crumbly texture that goes beautifully with strong flavors. Moving back to Ancient India, paneer has remained the most common type of cheese used in traditional south Asian cuisines. The use of paneer is more common in northern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh due to the prominence of milk in their cuisine. They are a variety of dishes that can be prepared with paneer which includes palak paneer, shahi paneer, kadai paneer, chilli paneer and the popular mattar paneer. For preparing the mattar paneer, heat little oil in a pan add little cashew nuts and lightly fry them then add chopped onion and tomatoes, salt and sauté for a while till the onions get lightly brown. Add ginger garlic paste and little turmeric. Fry till the raw flavor of ginger and garlic goes. Remove all this mixture and grind the mixture to a fine paste. Now heat the same pan with remaining oil and add cumin seeds, whole garam masala (cardamom, cloves, mace, bay leaves and cinnamon stick). After it sputters add the ground paste into it and cook them in low flame. Add chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and continue to fry for another 2 mins. Bring them to boil and after that add kasuri methi and green peas. Cook them for about 4-5 minutes and add the paneer cubes into them. Cover it with lid and cook them for another 4-5 minutes. Finally add the heavy cream and bring them into boil. Remove from heat. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve it hot with naan, parathas, chapatis or rotis. Try this yummy recipe and definitely you will love it too. To watch the making of this exotic recipe click at: https://www.vahrehvah.com/Mattar+paneer:3257 Green peas are naturally packed in several different forms all of which have a vibrantly delicious flavor, wonderful texture and a wealth of health-promoting nutrients. Garden peas are generally available from spring through the beginning of winter. Peas are one of the few members of the legume family that are sold and cooked as fresh vegetables. Green peas are bursting with nutrients. They provide good to very good amounts of 8 vitamins, 7 minerals, dietary fiber and protein. Green peas' supercharged nutritional profile can supercharge your health. Green peas are a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, folate and thiamin (vitamin B1). They are also a good source of vitamin A, phosphorus, vitamin B6, protein, niacin, magnesium, riboflavin (vitamin B2), copper, iron, zinc and potassium.
Paneer is the most common fresh cheese use in Indian cuisine. It is also called “Chena” in Eastern India. Paneer is vegetarian’s heaven as it is enriched with proteins. It is the most versatile ingredient. Dishes with paneer can be made in various ways, fry or gravy, snacks or a filling. Sweets are incomplete without it. Paneer can be fit anywhere in dish and make it delicious.
Paneer is easier than other cheese to make at home. It needs only few hours for all process and only two ingredients- To make delicious paneer boil milk and an acid (lemon juice or vinegar) is added, add resulting into lumps and greenish whey are separated. Paneer are simply pressed into a cube and then sliced or chopped or grated.
Paneer can be combine with almost every veggie like peas, spinach, tomato, potato capsicum, etc. Some common paneer dishes: Matar Paneer, Palak Paneer, Shahi Paneer, Paneer Tikka, Paneer Pakora, Stuffed Paneer paratha, RasogullaIn nowadays, most of the international restaurant in India also have paneer as one of the flavor in wraps, pizza topping or in sandwiches.
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Author : Admin
Published On : Mar 25, 2009
Preparation Time: 7 min
Recipe Type : Veg-Main
Cooking Time : 25 min
Standing Time : 5-8 mins
Yield : 4 (4 servings)
Ingredient : Paneer Cheese
Description : peas and indian cheese cooked in silky sauce