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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mutter Paneer - Skillet Peas and Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese)

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Mutter Paneer - Everyone has their own version of this simple,easy and fabulous North-India dish. And this one is mine.Eat this delicious side-dish with Ghee(Clarified Butter) Rice, Lime Rice, Grapefruit Rice or Roti.I for one, eat it as is.
Ingredients:
  • Sweet Pea, Fresh or Frozen - 2- 21/2 cups (12 ounces)
  • Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese) - Cubed
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder  - 1 tsp (Optional)
  • Clove - 2
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Salt for taste
For the Gravy:
  • Yellow Onion - 1, large, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Ripe Roma Tomatoes - 2, diced
  • Garlic Cloves - 2
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch, peeled and diced
  • Peppercorns - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew Nuts or Walnuts - 1/2 cup
Procedure:
  • In a saute pan, add a tbsp of oil and add all the gravy ingredients except the nuts. Saute until the onions are browned. Add the Nuts of choice and stir for a minute or two. 
  • Completely cool the mixture and grind it to a fine thick paste.
  • In the same saute pan(don't wash it after sauteing the gravy ingredients), add another tbsp of oil and add the cumin seeds. Now add the Paneer and shallow fry until lightly browned. Set aside on a plate.
  • To the same saute pan, add the remaining tbsp of oil and add the clove and peas. After a couple of minutes, add the ground paste.
  • Sprinkle salt, garam masala and check for taste. If needed, add chilli powder for more heat. Add the milk, lid the pan and let it cook on medium flame for 7-8 minutes.
  • When the gravy thickens, add the fried paneer and gently combine.
  • Serve hot with choice of Rice or Roti.
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44 comments:

  1. Mouthwatering....paneer looks so soft.Did you make it at home?Excellent with roti.

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  2. Mutter paneer looks very colorful and delicious.

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  3. If I didn't know these little squares are the paneer, I would probably take them as "tofu". :-)) And I like to cook tofu with peas too.

    Yummy!

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  4. Always posting delicious recipes.
    Another winner ♥

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  5. wow what a mutter paneer ...looks divine .. its mouth watering....

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  6. @Sailaja: No dear. Store bought. Picked up from the freezer section in an Indian store. The reason why it looks soft could be because I didn't overly fry it?

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  7. Matter paneer looks wonderful and tasty also paneer looks very tender.

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  8. Wow...........Mouthwatering....paneer looks so soft.. very colorful and delicious.

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  9. Love mutter paneer..looks so delicious and mouthwatering! this morning I made this, actually right now I am having with jeera rice...hey you asked about my eyes, they are fine..20:20 vision..I didn't feel much pain at that time, yes after surgery 2-3 days you have to take care..otherwise no problem...you won't belive this but I went on my own for the surgery..hubby had to take kids to school, when he came already I was sitting in the waiting room for him...

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  10. un plat savoureux bien épicé j'adore
    bonne soirée

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  11. love your artful presentation of your delicious (on doubts at all) dish! Every now and then I home make paneer, should try your recipe!

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  12. Lovely pic CL. Looks at the size of those paneer cubes, gulp, gulp gulp :)

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  13. We love anything with paneer..this looks awesome..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  14. Fabulous side dish for rotis, truly tempting and makes me drool..feel like grabbing that bowl..

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  15. Looks delicious...Do you make your own paneer? or do you buy it...my Indian grocery only self it frozen.

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  16. @Bo: No dear. I buy them from the frozen section in the grocery stores. Its called "Naanak" paneer I think. I just thaw them in the fridge the night before,dunk it in warm water prior to opening the pack for 10 minutes. Then its good to go.

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  17. the big sized cubes of paneer catches the eye and the poor little peas r waiting for the chance to pop out..i use more peas than paneer..i like green..and follow go green...hihi....comfort food ..simple n yum.

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  18. first: the paneer looks awesome!! wish i cld just reach my hand and get the bowl....

    next: thanks for leaving the link for the beautiful sunflower italian dishware...it looks awesome !! so did u get one from your sis? We were planning to get one...I think one of us might just get it i.e if the sale is still on...!! ..have a beautiful chip and dip set with sunflowers on it...and love the beautiful yellow flowers.
    :-) have a nice week!

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  19. looks delicious, dear..And the paneer looks so soft and fresh.

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  20. I seriously love this dish but I've never made it myself. Maybe your version will become my version :P Wink wink.

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  21. New template looks so nice...Nice recipe....

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  22. Good once as usual... nice clicks too.. love it!!

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  23. Mutter paneer looks really yummy. I love them.

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  24. Very mush mush prep..... Ideal for rotis or any other Indian bread.... Beautiful captures too that makes one drool..... :-)

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  25. The dish is picture perfect. Looks very delicious.

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  26. Nice pic..looks so perfect and yummy..love the combo...

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  27. I believe panner is a working girl's best friend. there are so many ways we can cook this. make it elaborate or quick depending on the mood. this l;ooks lovely. perfect with rotis.

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  28. Looks so good Lassie..As usual wonderful pic !!!

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  29. What a lovely matar paneer. Looks so tempting!

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  30. Mouth watering curry..haven't prepared it for a while..gonna prepare it today:-)

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