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Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer

This well known northern Indian delight of green peas and paneer cheese is served in a tomato sauce. If you make your own paneer you can use the leftover whey in this recipe. If not, you can replace it with water and lemon juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb paneer, cubed
  • ¼ cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 Tbsp ginger, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 black cardamom (seeds only), ground
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 4 dried chilis
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 cup whey or 1 cup water + 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2½ cups peeled tomatoes
  • 1 lb French peas
  • Salt
  • Cilantro
  • Garam masala, ground

Method

  1. 1

    Heat ghee and sauté paneer until golden.

  2. 2

    Remove paneer and set aside.

  3. 3

    Heat garlic and ginger in ghee until coloured.

  4. 4

    Add onions and sauté until golden.

  5. 5

    Add ground spices and cook one minute.

  6. 6

    Add cream and tomatoes.

  7. 7

    Bring to a boil and cook for ten minutes. Taste for salt.

  8. 8

    Add peas and paneer.

  9. 9

    Just before serving, garnish with fresh coriander and garam masala.

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