Matar Paneer Recipe: Savor the Spice with Soul Foods Pickles!

Matar Paneer is quite a popular dish in North Indian due to its popularity and easy-making technique you can see it is made in many households. The protein rich green peas and soft paneer cheese cubes simmered in a creamy rich tomato gravy, often infused with aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and garam masala create a comforting and satisfying meal.l. It is versatile and can be enjoyed alone or with fluffy rice or warm roti, or as a complement to other Indian delicacies.

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Ingredients to Make Matar Paneer Recipe

  • Paneer, cubed 250g
  • Green peas, fresh or frozen 1 cup
  • Onion, finely chopped 1 large
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped 2 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tablespoon
  • Green chilies, split lengthwise 2
  • 1tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder (adjust according to taste)
  • Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) 1 teaspoon, crushed
  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • 2tsp Oil or ghee
  • Water as needed

Crafting Perfection: How to Make Matar Paneer Recipe

Let’s try our hands on this easy to make Matar Paneer Recipe.

  1. Cube the paneer into bite sized pieces and keep aside. If using fresh peas, shell and blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes until tender. If using frozen peas, thaw them. Finely chop the onions and tomatoes. Slit the green chilies lengthwise.
  2. Heat oil or ghee in a pan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until golden brown.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and slit green chilies. Sauté until the raw aroma disappears. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and red chili powder. Sauté for a minute to roast the spices, bringing out their flavours.
  4. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook until they turn soft and mushy, and the oil starts to separate from the masala. Pour water if the mixture is too dry. Mash the tomatoes to form a smooth gravy consistency.
  5. To make matar paneer masala add garam masala powder, crush kasuri methi, and salt to taste. Mix well to incorporate the spices into the gravy. Gently add the cubed paneer and blanched peas to the gravy. Stir carefully to coat the matar paneer masala with other ingredients.
  6. Cover the pan and simmer the matar paneer masala on low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the flavours to blend together and the paneer to absorb the masala.
  7. Once Matar paneer recipe is done, garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves for a burst of freshness and aroma. Serve hot with steamed rice, naan, or roti.

Follow Expert Tips and Serving Suggestions

Now that you have learned how to make matar paneer follow few tips and serving suggestion to the best matar paneer recipe. By following few cooking techniques and methods you can now achieve the ideal texture and taste:

Paneer Texture
To retain the soft and creamy texture of paneer, avoid overcooking it. Add the paneer towards the end of the cooking process to prevent it from becoming rubbery.

Balancing Flavors
Taste the matar paneer masala in between and adjust the seasoning accordingly. Balance the spices, sweetness from tomatoes, and tanginess to achieve a good flavour.

The gravy should have a smooth and velvety consistency. Adjust the amount of water added to achieve the desired thickness of the gravy.

For an extra layer of flavours, marinate the paneer in a mixture of yogurt, ginger garlic paste, and a pinch of turmeric for 15 to 20 minutes before adding it to the gravy.

Resting Time
Allow the cooked Matar Paneer to rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the flavours to meld together, resulting in a more delicious and cohesive dish.

By following these step-by-step instructions and incorporating these cooking techniques and secrets, you'll be able to prepare a tantalizing Matar Paneer dish that delights the senses and brings the authentic flavours of Indian cuisine to your table. Enjoy the culinary journey and savour every bite of this beloved dish!

See also: Egg Omelette Recipe with Soul Foods Red Chilli and Green Chilli Pickles

Pairing suggestions with Matar Paneer recipe

Pairing suggestions with Matar paneer recipe can vary depending on personal preferences and the overall nutritional requirement. However, here are a couple of options that might complement the flavours of the dish:

1. Naan or Roti and Mixed Pickles
Freshly made naan or roti is another excellent choice. The soft, chewy texture of naan or the slightly crispy texture of roti contrasts nicely with the creamy sauce of Matar Paneer. Moreover, pair it with ADF Soul Foods Mixed pickles in olive oil which offer a tangy and slightly spicy contrast to the creamy and mildly spiced flavours of Matar Paneers.

2. Basmati Rice and Green Chilli Pickles
A classic accompaniment to Matar Paneer is fluffy basmati rice. Its fragrant aroma and light texture complement the rich flavours of the dish. To add the spice factor pair it with ADF Soul Foods Green chilli pickles in olive oil. It enhances the overall flavour profile of the Matar Paneer. The spiciness of the pickles can cut through the creaminess of the paneer curry, offering a balance of heat and creaminess.

3. Raita or salad
A cool and refreshing side dish like cucumber raita or mint raita can balance the spice element of the Matar Paneer. The yogurt-based raita also adds a creamy element to the meal. Furthermore, a simple salad with fresh vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, and onions dressed with lemon juice, or a light vinaigrette can provide a refreshing contrast to the rich flavours of Matar Paneer.

4. Papad or Chutney
Crispy papads are a popular accompaniment to most of the Indian meals. They add a crunchy texture and can be served as an appetizer or alongside the main dish. You can also opt for a tangy and spicy chutney like mint chutney or garlic chutney to enhance the flavours of Matar Paneer. It adds a burst of flavours and can be served on the side or drizzled over the dish.

These pairing suggestions can enhance the dining experience and provide a variety of flavours and textures to enjoy alongside the delicious matar paneer recipe.

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Indulge in the flavors of North India's most loved dish Matar Paneer! Enjoy it as a main course or pair it with your favorite dishes. This comforting dish promises an explosion of flavors in every bite. Make your Matar Paneer even tastier! Add authentic flavors of ADF Soul Foods Mixed and Green Chili Pickles in Olive Oil. These tangy and spicy pickles are the perfect complement to the creamy dish. Don't miss out on this culinary masterpiece, try the easy-to-make matar paneer recipe today, and treat yourself to a mouthwatering experience!