Mutter Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese & Green Peas Curry Recipe

Mutter paneer is one of the popular and toothsome paneer gravy from North India. Paneer and green peas are simmered in spicy and creamy onion-tomato gravy with few other Indian spices. There are many variations we can bring in this dish and the recipe I am sharing is my favorite. The color and creamy texture of this gravy comes from addition of cashews, milk and kashmiri red chili powder, i have not used any color in this dish.

A perfect vegetarian gravy with chapati/naan or zeera rice/steamed rice. If you are looking for more paneer recipes do check Palak Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach GravyPaneer(Cottage Cheese) Butter Masala/Paneer MakhaniPaneer/Indian Cottage Cheese Grilled Sandwich. So let’s get started.

Mutter paneer

Cuisine: North Indian, Indian

Recipe Type: Main course

Author: Rateka

Prep Time: 10-15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • Paneer cubes: 1 cup
  • Mutter: 1/2 cup (fresh or frozen)
  • Onion: 1, roughly chopped
  • Tomato:  2 , roughly chopped
  • Green Chili: 2
  • Ginger: 1 tsp, chopped
  • Garlic: 1 tsp, chopped
  • Turmeric powder:  1/2 tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder: 1-2 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1-2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder (Homemade Garam Masala Powder Recipe): 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi/Dry fenugreek leaves: 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves: 2 tbsp
  • Diluted milk: 1 cup( 3/4 milk & 1/4 water)
  • Cashews: 6-8
  • Oil: 2-3 tbsp
  • Bay leaf: 2
  • Cinnamon stick: 2

METHOD:

  • Heat oil in a pan, add cashews and fry for 30 seconds. Add chopped onions, garlic, ginger and saute them till onions are slightly golden in color.
  • Add green chilies, tomatoes, turmeric, salt and saute them till tomatoes become mushy.
  • Once tomatoes are done, switch off the flame and allow it  to cool off.
  • Add this mixture in a blender and grind it to a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan, once hot add bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and saute for few seconds.
  • Add cumin seeds, once they start to splutter, add onion-tomato paste and saute for 1-2 mins.
  • Add coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder and saute for 3-4 mins till you see paste releasing the oil.
  • Lower the flame, add diluted milk and mix well. Let it simmer on low flame for 4-5 mins.
  • Add peas, mix and let it cook for another 1-2 mins.
  • Add paneer cubes and mix gently. Let it cook for 3-4 mins. Stir occasionally.
  • Add kasuri methi, mix and let it cook for few more minutes.
  • Once gravy has creamy and thick consistency, it’s the indication your gravy is done.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with any bread or rice of your choice. Enjoy !!!

TIPS:

  • You can fry paneer cubes before adding to the gravy.
  • If you don’t want gravy to be too creamy, you can reduce the quantity of cashews and milk.
  • You can make this dish without onion-garlic as well. Taste may vary slightly.

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Mutter Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese & Green Peas Curry Recipe

  1. Rateka, please allow me to mention something here in this column of yours. I have ‘flown’ a bit in a hurry over a great number of entries, sooo delicious and most of all, sooo beautifully plated and photographed. I really do like looking at your photos. Many of your dishes are also cooked in our own home (with a Kerala tweek of course 🙂 🙂 ), so forgive me, if and when I “only” click “like” on some – my compliments for those dishes are mentioned here. Carina

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    1. Oh thank you so much dear for your kind words and moreover I appreciate that you invested time on my blog and read recipes. You made my day and of course it gives a lot of motivation to work more efficiently for my blog. Great to be in touch with you.

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