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Indian Recipes – Matar Paneer Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Hindi Language

Matar Paneer (मटर पनीर), a refreshing combination of soft paneer (cottage cheese) and green peas in a spicy tomato based gravy, is a fine culinary treat from North India. This simple recipe is an authentic Indian recipe which is easy to make. Although there are various variation of this recipe, I will show you the most popular one.

Let me show you how to make this delicious dish at home.

Matar Paneer

Recipe Servings : 3-4
Recipe Cook Time : 26-30 minutes


1 cup fresh or frozen Green Peas (मटर- Matar)
3/4 cup (1/2-inch cubed) Paneer (पनीर – Cottage cheese)
1 medium Onion (प्याज – Pyaaz), finely chopped
1 Green Chilli (हरी मिर्च – Hari Mirch), chopped
2-3 cloves of Garlic (लहसुन – Lehsun)
1/2 inch piece of Ginger (अदरक – Adarak), chopped
2 medium Tomatoes (टमाटर – Tamatar), roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli (लाल मिर्च – Laal Mirch) Powder
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric (हल्दी – Haldi) Powder
1 teaspoon Coriander (धनिया – Dhaniya) Powder
1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala (गरम मसाला) Powder
For shallow frying + 2 tablespoons Oil or Ghee (घी – Clarified butter)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Water (पानी – Paani)
Salt (नमक – Namak) to taste
Optional fresh Cilantro or Coriander (धनिया – Dhaniya)


1. Grind onion, green chilli, ginger and garlic together in the small chutney jar of a grinder to make medium (मध्यम – Madhyam) coarse paste. Grind the tomatoes to make tomato puree.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the same pan over medium flame (आंच – Aanch). Add crushed onion paste and salt. Stir it until oil starts to separate or it turns translucent (पारदर्शी –  Paardarshi). It will take around 8-10 minutes.

3. Add tomato puree and cook on medium flame until oil starts to separate, for approx. 5-6 minutes. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to the pan. Stir and cook for a minute.

4. Add boiled peas and 1/2 cup water; mix properly and cook for 2-3 minutes. Now add paneer cubes and cook for 2-3 minutes. We have added plain paneer cubes but you can add shallow fried paneer to enhance the flavor (स्वाद – Svad).

5. Turn off flame and transfer prepared curry to a serving bowl. Matar paneer is ready (तैयार – Aayaar). Optionally, you can garnish the dish with fresh Clintro or Corinder leaves. Serve it hot with fresh Indian bread like Roti (रोटी) or Naan (नान – Naan) or boiled rice (चावल – Chawal).

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Nitin Kumar is a native Hindi speaker from New Delhi, India. His education qualification include Masters in Robotics and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is working in the Research and Development in Robotics in Germany. He is avid language learner with varied level of proficiency in English, German, Spanish, and Japanese. He wish to learn French one day. His passion for languages motivated him to share his mother tongue, Hindi, and culture and traditions associated with its speakers. He has been working with Transparent Language since 2010 and has written over 430 blogs on various topics on Hindi language and India, its culture and traditions. He is also the Administrator for Hindi Facebook page which has a community of over 330,000 members.