Have a delicious change to routine aloo matar by adding paneer (cottage cheese) to it. Learn how make this classic Indian curry with this easy aloo matar paneer recipe.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2 servings
|1/2 cup Green Peas (matar), fresh or frozen, boiled|
|1/3 cup Paneer Cubes (cottage cheese)|
|1 medium Potato, boiled and cubed|
|1 large Onion, finely chopped|
|1 tablespoon Garlic Ginger Chilli Paste|
|2 medium Tomatoes|
|1 tablespoon Cashew nuts, chopped|
|2 teaspoons Kasuri Methi (dry fenugreek leaves)|
|1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder|
|1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (dhania powder)|
|1/2 teaspoon Cumin Powder (jeera powder)|
|1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder (lal mirch)|
|1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder (haldi)|
|3 tablespoons Cooking Oil|
- Grind tomatoes and cashew nuts in grinder and make a tomato paste.
- Heat oil in a kadai or a pan. Add and shallow-fry potato pieces on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Drain and transfer to a plate.
- Shallow fry paneer cubes in same kadai until they become golden brown, drain and transfer to a plate.
- Now sauté chopped onion in same kadai until it becomes translucent.
- Add garlic-ginger-chilli paste and sauté until oil starts to separate from it.
- Add tomato puree and mix well.
- Cook mixture for 3-4 minutes; add salt, dry fenugreek leaves (crushed using hand), garam masala powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder and mix well.
- Add shallow fried potato, paneer and green peas.
- Stir and cook for approx 1 minute.
- Add 1/2 cup water and bring mixture to boil over medium flame. When boils, reduce flame to low and cook until gravy becomes thick or for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let curry sit for 15 minutes before serving.
- Transfer prepared aloo matar paneer to a serving bowl and serve.
Tips and Variations:
- Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder to get spiciness according to your taste. You can add more red chilli to make it spicy.
- Add 1 teaspoon sugar to balance out tangy taste of tomatoes.
Serving Ideas: It can be served with soft paneer butter kulcha, tandoori roti or any type of Indian bread.