Matar Paneer Recipe

Matar Paneer Recipe

30 mins
2-3 people
20 mins

Vegetarian Matar Paneer Recipe – Quick & Easy


Introduction to Matar Paneer Recipe

Dive into the aromatic world of Matar Paneer, a beloved North Indian dish where the creamy richness of paneer cubes mingles with the sweetness of green peas, all enveloped in a vibrant tomato-based gravy. This vegetarian delight, known for its comforting flavors, offers a perfect blend of spices that makes it a cherished choice for both everyday meals and special occasions. Join me on this culinary adventure and savor the flavors of this classic dish that has found its place in homes and restaurants alike.


Crafting Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer isn't just a recipe; it's an amalgamation of aromatic spices, soft paneer, and tender green peas bathed in a luscious tomato and onion gravy. Each step in creating this dish, from sautéing the spices to blending the tomatoes to perfection, contributes to the rich tapestry of flavors. The aromatic essence of coriander, cumin, and garam masala combined with the creamy texture of paneer cubes makes this dish an absolute delight to relish with steaming hot rice or freshly made rotis.


Interesting Fact about Matar Paneer

Did you know that the origins of Matar Paneer can be traced back to the Punjab region of India? This region's rich culinary heritage gave birth to this delightful dish, which has now become a staple in Indian households. The marriage of creamy paneer and vibrant green peas in a tomato-based gravy showcases the essence of Northern Indian cuisine, making it a must-have for both celebrations and everyday meals.



  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 black cardamom pods
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ginger, garlic, and green chili paste
  • 1 tsp fennel powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 2 tsp kitchen king masala
  • 1 tsp special masala
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp shahi jeera (caraway seeds)
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom seeds
  • 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp khoya (reduced milk solids)
  • 1 tbsp cashew nut paste
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 250 grams diced paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cream



  1. Heat oil in a pan.

  2. Add the whole garam masala (cinnamon stick, bay leaves, black cardamom, green cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns) and let them crackle.

  3. Add the paste of ginger, garlic, and green chili (dissolved in water) and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce the flame.

  4. Stir in fennel powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt. Cook the spices on a low flame.

  5. Pour in 1/2 cup of tomato puree and add green peas along with kitchen king masala.

  6. Roast and grind together the special masala.

  7. Crumble khoya with fingers and add it to the gravy. Stir well. Then add cashew nut paste and mix thoroughly.

  8. Incorporate chopped coriander and kasoori methi. Cook until the mixture releases oil.

  9. Adjust the consistency by adding one cup of water. Then add 250 grams of diced paneer to the gravy.

  10. Mix together butter and cream into the gravy.

  11. Finish the dish with kasoori methi, special masala, and chopped coriander.

  12. Serve hot, garnished with coriander sprigs and a dollop of cream.


Overview and Conclusion

Matar Paneer, with its creamy texture, aromatic spices, and the wholesome goodness of peas and paneer, stands as a testament to the flavorful repertoire of North Indian cuisine.


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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Question 1: How can I keep the paneer cubes from becoming rubbery while cooking?

Answer 1: To prevent the paneer from turning rubbery, soak the cubes in warm water for 15-20 minutes before adding them to the gravy.


Question 2: Can I use frozen peas for Matar Paneer?

Answer 2: Yes, you can use frozen peas, but it's recommended to thaw them before adding them to the dish for better texture.


Question 3: What makes the gravy of Matar Paneer creamy?

Answer 3: The creaminess of the gravy primarily comes from blending fresh tomatoes and onions into a smooth paste.


Question 4: Can I make Matar Paneer without onions and garlic?

Answer 4: Absolutely, you can skip onions and garlic to prepare a Jain version of Matar Paneer by using ginger, tomatoes, and cashews for the gravy.


Question 5: How long can I store Matar Paneer in the refrigerator?

Answer 5: Matar Paneer can be refrigerated for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container.


Question 6: What can I serve with Matar Paneer?

Answer 6: Matar Paneer pairs wonderfully with naan, roti, rice, or even with parathas for a wholesome meal.


Question 7: How can I make the gravy of Matar Paneer less spicy?

Answer 7: Reduce the quantity of green chilies or red chili powder to adjust the spice level according to your preference.


Question 8: Is there a vegan alternative for paneer in Matar Paneer?

Answer 8: Yes, you can substitute paneer with tofu to make a vegan version of this dish.


Question 9: Can I freeze Matar Paneer?

Answer 9: While it's best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze it in an airtight container for up to a month.


Question 10: Can I use cashew paste in the gravy for a richer texture?

Answer 10: Yes, adding cashew paste enhances the richness of the gravy in Matar Paneer.