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Aloo Matar Paneer

Aloo Matar Paneer- Cottage Cheese with Potato and Peas

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Today’s recipe is Aloo Matar Paneer. A simple, light and aromatic blend of spices with paneer, potatoes and green peas. It is a popular vegetarian dish, a perfect midweek meal. 

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As my super long weekend comes to an end, I have realised I haven’t posted any recipe in last few days. I am still in my holiday mood so couldn’t bring myself to cook something extensive. 😀 Now thats a thing to be ashamed about. Today, I prepared this delicious and super simple paneer dish, Aloo Matar Paneer.

Aloo Matar Paneer is a popular North Indian preparation which can be enjoyed as a side dish with paratha, roti or with any any rice preparation. Hubby A loves this dish, so it is one of the most commonly prepared dish at home. A is a huge fan of dried fruits

especially raisins, so I add raisins to my dish to give it that extra sweetness, trust me it goes really well this preparation. I add a little bit of milk in this recipe which gives it a creamier texture. 

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 Paneer – the ever so versatile, humble and an all-time favorite ingredient we all grew up with. Paneer is a type of fresh cheese or white cheese is common in South Asian cuisine. In eastern parts of India it is generally called Chhena. It’s a special favorite with North Indians.

It can be easily made at home with milk, it’s completely vegetarian. Paneer (cottage cheese) has a delicate milky flavour and is used in a  variety dishes from curries to desserts to sides. Paneer has a crumbly texture that goes beautifully with strong flavours. Paneer is one of my all time favourite ingredients. 

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Aloo Matar Paneer
A delicious concoction of flavours.
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Ingredients
  1. 250 grams of paneer, cubed
  2. 1 Potato, cubed
  3. 1 cup Green peas, fresh or frozen
  4. 2 Onions, chopped
  5. 1 Tomato, chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  8. 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  10. 1 teaspoon Chilli powder
  11. 1/2 cup Milk
  12. 1 tablespoon rasins (optional)
  13. 3-4 tablespoon Oil
  14. salt and sugar as per taste
For tempering
  1. 2 bay leaves
  2. 2 green cardamom
  3. 3 cloves
  4. 1 inch cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Instructions
  1. Boil the paneer cubes in salted water. Drain the paneer and keep aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a thick bottom pan or kadhai. When the oil is hot enough lightly fry the potatoes and peas, remove with slotted spoon and keep it aside.
  3. Add the remaining oil, when hot temper the oil with bay leaves, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon (I lightly crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a pestle and mortar for more flavour) and sauté in medium heat until its fragrant.
  4. Now add the cumin seeds, when its starts spluttering add the chopped onions and sauté until it turns golden brown.
  5. Now add the ginger paste and sauté till the raw smell disappears.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till it becomes soft and mushy. Now add the turmeric, chilli, cumin, and coriander and salt and fry for few seconds.
  7. At this point add in the potatoes and peas and the raisins, mix it well with the masala and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Now add the milk and half cup of water, mix well and cover and cook on low flame (8-10 mins) or until the potatoes are almost cooked. Check for the seasoning, add salt and sugar as per taste.
  9. Now add the paneer cubes, add more water if required. Simmer for 5 mins.
  10. Cook on high heat to get your desired consistency.
  11. Garnish with chopped coriander.
  12. Serve hot with parathas, rotis or with steamed rice, jeera rice.
Notes
  1. A little addition of milk to this recipe gives it a creamy flavour. If you want you can skip it.
  2. I sometimes add 1-2 tablespoon of cashew nut paste to this recipe to make it a richer and creamier dish.
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aloomatarpaaneer5 I hope you enjoy this delicious #aloomatarpaneer recipe. 

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