Friday, August 17, 2007

Matar Paneer ( green peas with Roasted cottage cheese)

Presenting here my verison(= jhatpat , quick ot make ,easy to cook :)) ) of "Matar Paneer" . I have always been a great fan of this dish , and i used to make it from the ready to cook masala when i was in India , just as i made it here . This is first time I made it from scratch at home,and to my surprise it turned out to be exactly as I expected it to be. Not only taste but the color of home made also matches perfectly with the one made using readymade masala for Matar Paneer

1 medium sized tomato, roughly chopped
2 medium sized onion, peeled and chopped
1 inch cube of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cups shelled fresh or defrosted frozen peas
250 gms Paneer (Cottage cheese)
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tbsp. coriander seeds
2-3 Green chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric Powder,
½ tsp asofoetida ( Hing) ,
1/2 tsp of garam Masala,
Salt to taste
1-2 tbl olive oil


Peel Onions and ginger. Put the chopped Onion, Tomato, Coriander seeds, Green chillies and ginger into a blender or food processor along with 1/3 cup water and blend until you have a smooth paste. Leave paste in the blender container.

Place Paneer cubes on hot tawa(flat pan ) and roast it from all the sides carefully until brown. ( this is my slight variation from frying Paneer, which makes this dish even less oily and more healthy )

Heat oil in a Pan, when little hot add hing to it and then put in the contents of the blender it carefully. Stirring constantly, for about 5-6 minutes, or until paste turns a golden color. Add the turmeric powder and stir til it mix well with the material, cook this until it turn thick gravy like and add grean peas to it . Add red chilli powder, garam masala & salt, mix well .

Then add roasted paneer cubes and mix it well with gravy , on low flame , cover it and let it cook for 3-4 minutes or until peas are cooked, stirring occasionally . Delicious matar paneer is ready to serve.

As i havent been much on blogs these days , i am not aware of the events going on , will soon take a peek on all your blog and see if i can participate in any of the events soon.

As Asha asked, my exprience of migrating to here from India , is something for which I think ,I can write a big book , though somtimes I feel not much
difference at all, funny me , ha ha ha !!!
soon(!) , i will collect it to present something nicely here about that , atleast i believe that experience is worth sharing here with all my blog buddies.. :)
so stay tuned and i will be back with some recipes too .... ! :D


musical said...


Good to see you back, dear. Thats a yummy recipe. and the header picture is gorgeous.

Looking forward to more creative ideas :).

Asha said...

Hi Pooja, my reader just popped up your post now and I see you have posted this on Aug 17! Bad blog roll!:D
Matar Paneer is my fave too,looks yummy.Thanks sweetie:)
RCI Karnataka is from tomorrow!Check FH for info, hope you cook for me bcos I am the host!HeeHee!

Cynthia said...

Pooja, your matar paneer looks so creamy... I like your new blog header very much.

Sreelu said...


This is my favorite, I love it with hot naan

TBC said...

I love mattar-panner. Yours looks so rich & creamy.

zlamushka said...

Hi Pooja, this is a wonderful curry base to make in arge batches, freeze and just use it as needed, right ? How long do you think it ll keep? It is just spiced onion-tomato curry, so it should last at least 3 months, what do u think ?

Bohemian said...

Hey Pooja, Really liked your recipe.Can you tell me how do you manage to put curd in gravy? My curd always splits when I try to use it in gravy

Sia said...

pooja, love the new look of ur blog. now i dont have to wear sunglasses when visiting ur blog ;) kidding.... hw have u been? common, post more recipes for us dear:)

Menu Today said...

Hi Pooja,
Matter Paneer looks nice. Your blog template looks nice.

Vcuisine said...

Lovely dish Pooja. Hope you are doing well. So you prepared the Naan the other day? Take care. Viji


nice template.

krystyna said...

Hi Pooja!
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Coffee said...

So good to see u back!! And matar paneer is great.... so is the new look. :)

Iss our blooglisted with food blog desam?? Since I did not see it updaed there.... you can email them and let them know.

Kajal said...

Hi Pooja,

Very nice my dear....I am really very happy to see here....Your roasted paneer looks very crispy and no words for your whole curry. Your blog header looks very beautiful and gives me freshness when we see it.

Kajal said...

WOW.....You receive award my dear....great. I see comment of Krystyna..



How do you write your name on photographs ?

USHA said...

Hi Pooja,

Nice to see you starting blogging....asusual with great and rich recipe....Arrived on Monday night only.,,,will cathc u later.Bye.

Pooja said...

thanks for your warm welcome back for me :) . I am glad that you like new header :D . I am working on to make posts regular here and trying to manage my time accordingly. thank you very much fro your lovely words dear :).
Asha ,
How gald i am to see your words here again :).just visited your blog , hope you are all well now and fully recovered from lasik treatment.
so you are the host of RCI? let me tell you one thing for sure - be prepared for lots of entries, and start managing it from now, you already have more than 100-150 ppl to comment there ,now entries will be atleast more than that i guess. and yes, i have already selected on to send for RCI-Karnataka. will make it and then post it soon. Stay tuned ...

Pooja said...

thanks for dropping by here and for your kind words too ! your compliments on blog header encourages me to do more about it.
nice to see you here, I too love it with hot naan, unfortunately i didnt had yeat to make naan , so i had it with cumin-paratha.:)
thanks for dropping by here, glad to hear your nice words.... :D

Pooja said...

I think you are correct,if frozen then it sould be good for 3 months.though i neer exprimented it.
my guess is as it had only vegetable ingredients here it can be good to freeze.
thanks for visiting my blog , and i sincerely hope that you will keep visiting for more :) ,Take care.
thanks for dropping by here, I am very much glad that you liked the recipes here.I exprience the curd splitting up only when i add it to any curry when it is on high heat/flame. I suggest you to turn it to low flame and then add a bit of curd and wait for a while if it splits. it it does not then you can add the rest of curd , and if it does split then simply turn of flames/heat for a while put the vessel on not heated surface and then add the rest of curd.
(while adding curd,make it sure that the curd is nicely whisked, and it doesnt have any lumps)
do let me know if this solves your problem. btw, how come you get this question , as this curry is not having curd in it. :), may be you visited some of other curries on this blog, is it? :D.Keep visiting dear. your visit makes me happy :)).
stay tuned and take care ...

Pooja said...

Nice that you liked my blog now :)) , was just trying a bit with photoshop layers and coue out wit this.
how are you doing ? i can see you are busy with job by the number of posts you have on your blog... take care and keep in touch.
Menu Today,
I am glad to hear this from you, hope you are doing well. Thanks.

Pooja said...

I am happy to see you back here :) , thanks dear !
I didnt make it yet, but eaget to make it atleast once. will surely let you know when i will make it.

thanks. the simplest way to put words on picture is to open it using photopaint and edit the picture as you wish . do let me know if u want to know more with it, or you can drop me an email too!
Hope things are nice in Pune, i really miss our place in pune too much .

Pooja said...

thanks for the award, i really dont know if i deserve it or not.
thanks a lot dear. How is kevin doing now? i just checked his blog, seems like he is recovering very well, am i right? keep keep me updates on this.
take care, all our prayers are with kevin and your family.

I am so glad to see you here, thanks for your nice words for blog and recipe.
and yeah thanks for updating me about food blog desham, normally i see my entries reflects there, this time i didnt checked :( . will see if it happens again, and let them know. thanks dear !

Pooja said...

Deepak love paneer dishes, so this time i tried making it bit heathy and choose to roasted it , rather than frying.thanks for your compliments. :) , i am glad to see your comment here :D.

so you are back ! thats great ! its good to hear from you. and i am eager to hear more from you , as you musthave many memories of India trip to share with all of us. take your time ,relax and share it with us.

krystyna said...

I'll be try it tommorow.
Matter Paneer looks nice and yummy. Your blog template .. wow.. looks excellent!
I'm sure your book will be perfect!
Best to you!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love this dish. Yours looks so delicious!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

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