An absolute classic delicacy! Delicious Paneer Curry Perfect with any Indian Breads!
Matar paneer is the classic Indian delicacy which you will find in every Indian restaurant across the globe. In this Masala, Paneer is cooked with Peas and tomato sauce. This is a very simple curry, yet the flavors that are in play work well with each other so well that you will keep wanting more! The tangy tomato sauce mixed in with the spices gets absorbed by the paneer and the green peas does more than just making the curry more appealing. There are many variations we can bring in and this is one of the method. A perfect vegetarian gravy for Roti / Chapati / Naan!
Most of the Paneer dishes tastes so awesome with any Indian Bread. Paneer is very special to many kids and even for many adults. Whenever we go to a restaurant, most of us order atleast one Paneer gravy as an accompaniment for roti / naan or even for Pulao. I personally love Malai Paneer, thought it tastes a little sweet than spicy. In restaurants, Paneer Butter Masala is sometimes too creamy. This Matar Paneer is perfect in spice and less creamy and it would make a perfect accompaniment even for Pulao / Biriyani etc.
(For detailed step by step instruction along with pictures, please scroll down further to the Steps section below)
I used store bought paneer cubes which I refrigerated and so I took it fridge an soaked the paneer cubes in warm water for 10 minutes. My paneer cubes are soft by that time.
Let's prepare our masala now. Heat oil in pan and add cashew nuts and fry for 30 seconds. Add chopped onions, garlic and ginger along with pinch of salt and saute them till the onions turn light brown color
Grinding Onion-Tomato Masala
Cook Masala & Spice it up
When the cumin seeds starts to sputter, add ground tomato mixture along with salt and also add 1/2 cup of water and keep the flame in low and allow the sauce to boil in low flame atleast for 15 minutes. Also add crushed kassori methi, coriander powder, cumin powder and red chilli powder and mix well.
Time to Add Paneer