Matar paneer is a delicious curry made of paneer cubes and fresh peas cooked in a rich, spicy and tangy gravy. Matar paneer is one of my favourite North Indian dishes.
Matar paneer is a popular dish ordered in Indian restaurants and is also a favourite on special occasions and parties. The dish has its origin in north Indian state of Punjab and is popular more in the north, although now it has gained a much wider footprint.
What is paneer?
Paneer is a type of fresh, soft cottage cheese native to the Indian subcontinent. Paneer recipes are an integral part of Indian cooking. Paneer is a versatile dairy product and is used in an assortment of Indian curries, snacks and sweets.
Healthy & delicious
Matar paneer curry is rich in proteins. While peas are packed with proteins and are low in carbohydrates, the other dominant ingredient paneer which is made from whole milk is rich in proteins and calcium.
The near-perfect combination of the mild sweetness of fresh Peas, coupled with paneer cubes along with tanginess of tomatoes in a spicy and creamy gravy makes this dish thoroughly delectable.
Matar paneer forms part of Indian main course meal and goes very well with most Indian bread like phulkas, naan, tandoori roti, paratha, poori etc. as well as with rice varieties like veg pulao, jeera rice or even plain rice.
Many times Matar paneer is made a few hours prior to the actual serving of the dish. This is to allow Paneer to soak curry which makes it more delectable.
So follow the steps given below to make this delicious and mouth-watering recipe of Matar paneer.
Ingredients to make Matar paneer
Vegetable oil for shallow frying