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Matar Paneer - The best Indian Side dish ever!

As far as I am concerned Matar(Peas) Paneer is the best side dish. I really don't have words to explain the taste of this dish. It goes perfectly well with Naans, Chapatis, Pulao or any rice variety for that matter. If you wish, you can substitute Paneer with an healthy version- Tofu and this still becomes the best side dish ever. Paneer is Indian cottage cheese and very easy to prepare at home. I will post a recipe of how to make homemade paneer soon.

Matar Paneer


1/2 cup of Paneer
1/2 cup of Matar (peas)- You can use the frozen ones.
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
3/4 cup of tomatoes, fine chopped
1/2 tbspn of cashews
2 tbspn of oil
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cardamoms
Salt to taste
2 finey chopped green chillies
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp Kasturi methi leaves
1 tbspn chopped coriander leaves

Naan and Matar Paneer


In a pan, add 1 tbspn of oil. Add the cashews and fry them till light brown.

Now add the chopped onions, salt and saute them till they are light brown.

Now add the tomatoes and mix well. cook till the tomatoes are mashed.

Allow the mixture to cool. Grind it to a thick puree with adding very little water.

In an other pan, add oil, bay leave,cinnamon stick,cardamom,cloves.

Now add the puree and mix well. Add 1/4 cup of water.

Add coriander powder, cumin powder,chili powder, green chilies and mix well.

Add the Kasturi Methi leaves and mix well. This is the ingredient which gives the buttery texture to the dish and if you don't have this, its okay, the recipe still tastes good.

Cook the mixture in Sim flame for 10 minutes.

Now add the Matar(peas) and cook for 3 minutes.

Now add the Paneer and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes in Sim flame and garnish it with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Naans/Rotis/Rice and enjoy!


exactly perfect side curry.. nice pic

Matar Paneer is probably my favorite side dish too. I just love to make it with big chunks of paneer.

Looks delicious :) Its my all time fav

There's no doubt that this is one of the most popular delicacy in India.
Thanks for sharing this lip smacking recipe.
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this is the dish you will find in most of the restaurant in India. Delicious and favorite of all Indians. Thanks for sharing recipe

One of my favorite recipe!!! Thanks for sharing.

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