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Mattar Paneer (Green Peas With Cheese)

Mattar Paneer is a popular main course Indian dish, made with green peas, paneer, and a creamy blend of spices.

Serve 2 to 4.

Mattar Paneer Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 8 oz  frozen green peas
  • 3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1/3 lb paneer
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 bay leaves (tajpat)
  • 1 inch of cinnamon stick (dalcheene)
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 3 teaspoons coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt or adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Cube the paneer into half inch pieces and deep-fry them on medium high heat. Fry until the paneer becomes a light golden color. Take the paneer out and place on a paper towel so the extra oil is absorbed.
  2. Mix cornstarch with three tablespoons of water and keep aside.
  3. Blend the tomatoes and ginger to make a paste.
  4. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready.
  5. Add the asafetida (hing), cumin seeds, bay leaves and cinnamon and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  6. Add the tomato paste, coriander, turmeric, chili powder and paprika. Cook until the mixture reduces to half.
  7. Add the green peas and 1/4 cup of water. cook on medium heat pan should be covered. When the peas are tender, add the salt and paneer.
  8. To thicken the gravy add corn starch mix. Cover the pan and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.


Add 1 tablespoon fresh chopped fenugreek leaves or 1/2 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves to the gravy when cooking.

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118 thoughts on “Mattar Paneer (Green Peas With Cheese)

  1. Hello Majula:
    I have been following you for a long time. Today I was reviewing the mattar paneer recipe but I got confused. The recipe calls for 16 oz of peas but when you are demonstrating you say 8 oz. What should be the quantity of peas for 4 people?

    Thank you for teaching us so much. My family loves indian food.


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