Matar Paneer, A Popular North Indian Dish Which Is On Every Indian Restaurants Menu And Can Be Easily Prepared At Home Too.
1.5 cup green peas (used frozen)
2 cups paneer cubes (Shallow fried)
1 large onion, sliced lengthwise
1 cup tomato puree
7-8 garlic cloves
2-3 green chillies
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
3/4 tsp paprika powder
3/4 cup whole milk or cream
3 tbsp vegetable oil
cilantro to garnish
2-3 cups water
Shallow fry the paneer cubes with a tablespoon of oil and set aside. Soak the paneer in hot water. It will make the paneer soft. Now in a pressure cooker, add the other two tablespoons of oil, add the sliced onions and fry them until brown.
At this time, add ginger, garlic, green chilies to it. Saute for a couple of minutes. Turn the gas off and take the mixture out in a bowl or plate and let it cool down.
Now add the tomato puree to it and put in the blender to blend it. Blend it until the mixture is smooth. Add it back to the same pan and saute it on a slow to medium heat, stirring every couple of minutes to prevent it from burning.
Once the mixture is sautÃ©ed properly which means its leaves the oil. Mix in the green peas frozen or fresh and stir it into the mixture. Saute for a couple of more mins. Add hot water or regular tap water.
Close the lid and let it cook for 15 mins probably 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid, check the spice level and adjust as per your taste at this time.
I added a little bit of whole milk to make the gravy a little thicker. Add as per you need. Also add paneer cubes to it and let it simmer for few mins on the stove.
Your Matar Paneer is ready. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with chapati or rice, whatever you prefer.
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