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Matar Paneer

Easy and delicious matar paneer recipe is a popular Indian vegetarian recipe. It’s a paneer and pea curry made in a tomato based masala. It’s a really delicious, easy and healthy recipe that’s perfect served with jeera rice or as a side dish with this daal.
Course Main Meal
Cuisine Pakistani/Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 291kcal


For the Paneer

  • 1/4 cup oil for shallow frying
  • 250 grams paneer cubes I used frozen paneer cubes, but fresh is fine too

For the Matar Paneer

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder zeera powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder dhania powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder haldi
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri lal mirch powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped finely
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas add more if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • A handful of fresh coriander chopped


For the Paneer

  • Start by heating the oil in a fry pan, and add the paneer cubes. If you’re using frozen paneer cubes then let them defrost before frying them.
  • Fry the paneer cubes about 1-2 minutes per each side, until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove them with a slotted spoon and place on a kitchen paper lined plate. Set aside.

For the Matar Paneer

  • In a medium sized pot, heat the oil and add the chopped onion. Fry until it’s a light golden brown.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for about 45 seconds or so, while stirring continuously.
  • Now add the spices and cook for a minute or so. Add some water, and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook for a few minutes on high heat. Add about 1/4 cup water, lower the heat, and cover the pot. Cook for about 10 minutes or so, until the tomatoes have softened and are cooked through.
  • Cook on high flame, while stirring, for another 5 minutes or so until the oil separates from the curry.
  • Add the fried paneer.
  • Now add the sugar, water and frozen peas. Cook for a few more minutes until the peas are cooked through.
  • Finish with garam masala and chopped coriander. Serve with white rice or naan.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg