Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mutter Paneer - Mattar Paneer - Paneer Mutter - Cottage Cheese & Green Peas Curry

Mutter Paneer is an extremely popular North Indian curry dish made of Indian cottage cheese (paneer) and green peas (Mutter) in a creamy onion-tomato base gravy. By altering the gravy consistency this dish can be served with Rice as well as Roti/Chapati/Naan/Indian bread of your choice. 

Paneer is by far one of my most loved ingredient. Its just the way Paneer dishes turn out... its like they can never go wrong. I always land making a dish using this fail-safe ingredient for my parties. Also I feel its a good substitute to chicken for vegetarians. 

Now to the recipe... 

1-2 tbsp of oil for cooking
1 cup of green peas (boiled, drained and soaked in cold water)
400 gms of paneer cut in cubes
2 bay leaves
2-3 cardamoms
1 inch piece cinnamon stick
3-4 cloves 
1 tsp of cumin seeds (zeera)
2 green chillies finely chopped (or to taste)
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
3-4 medium size tomatoes pureed (approx 1 cup) or 2 tbsp of tomato paste (or 1 cup of store bought tomato puree)
1 tbsp of tomato ketchup (optional)
1 tbsp of dry Fenugreek leaves(Kasoori methi)
1/4 cup of cream
some finely chopped coriander 
salt and pepper to taste

Masala: (these ingredients are easily available at Indian/Asian Grocery stores) 
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp of red chili powder  (or to taste) (use 1/2 regular and 1/2 kashmiri chilli powder for good color)
1/2 tbsp of coriander powder
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds powder
1/4 tsp of garam masala  (optional and to taste)
1/2 tsp of dry mango powder (optional)

In a vessel, heat oil on medium flame & once hot add the cumin seeds & bay leaves, cardmoms, cloves and cinnamon stick. Once cumin seeds start spluttering add the onions & saute. When the onions turn translucent, add the asafoetida, green chilies, ginger & garlic paste. Saute till raw garlic smell disappears

 Now add the tomato puree/paste & mix. Cook for 2 mins stirring intermittently. Then add all the ingredients listed under "Masala" along with salt and pepper powder. Cook till this mixture thickens & starts oozing oil from the side (approximately 2 mins). Then add ketchup & mix. 

Adjust the consistency by adding a cup or two of water. Mix & simmer till it comes to a boil. Now crush the dry Fenugreek leaves between your palms & add it to this gravy. 

Add the boiled green peas, mix well. After about 2 mins, lower the heat and then add cream and mix. Final step is to add the paneer & mix with light hands to prevent the paneer from crumbling. Top it with some coriander for garnishing. 

  • I would recommend using good quality (store bought) tomato puree/paste. It gives a great color to the gravy. Alternately you can use fresh tomato puree made at home & add 1 tbsp of store bought tomato puree for enhancing the color. 
  • I have boiled the green peas with some salt till cooked, drained & then soaked them in cold water to retain their fresh green color. Its only at the end that I added them to the gravy but you could cook these along too. Add them when you add water & boil till green peas are cooked. 
  • If you don't have fresh cream you can add milk too & boil the gravy till you get the gravy of desired thickness.
  • If your tomato gravy still tastes sour even after adding cream add a pinch of sugar to cut the sourness down. 
That's it our Mutter Paneer is ready, serve it hot with Indian bread like Roti/Chapati/Naan or some hot Rice, chutney and salad. Enjoy!!

Happy Cooking!!


  1. Mutter panner looks delectable!! Awesome presentation :)

  2. love the color of the gravy! tempting Gravy

  3. looks awesome............gorgeous clicks..

  4. My all time favourite veg dish. Your mutter paneer simply rocks.

  5. Love this anytime dear...urs looks delicious

  6. Oh god, cant take my eyes from ur beautiful clicks, simply irresistible mutter paneer.

  7. This tasty, colorful dish is a favorite of mine!

  8. This is gorgeous! Anything paneer is my favourite, and I make paneer at home from time to time, but I've never made mutter paneer. I've pinned this recipe to try soon!

    1. Thanks Katie, would love to know how it turned out :)

  9. wow...
    looks delicious and very tempting :)
    nice clicks..

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  11. Thanks everyone for the wonderful words :)

  12. Perfect side dish, kids would love this..

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