Veggie mains

Matar paneer (pea & cheese curry)

I love Indian curries with paneer cheese in them so today I made some paneer and made Matar Paneer. In fact I love Sag Paneer with spinach too so I will have to do that soon when I have plenty of spinach in the garden. All the recipes I have for this curry are a little differnt so I took what I thought I wanted from each.

So what do you need?

  • 200g paneer cheese
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 an onion (about 50g)
  • About 5cm fresh ginger
  • 2 – 3 large green chillis
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 large tomato
  • 200g garden peas
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • 3-4 tbsp cream
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional)
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil

So what do you do?

Start by cubing the paneer and frying this in some vegetable oil in a thick-bottomed frying pan or saucepan (with a lid). When it is nice and golden remove it. In the same oil fry the cumin seeds seeds and the add the onion, finely chopped and fry for a couple of minutes. Spit the chilli and chop in up and peel and finely chop the ginger and add these to the pan. Gring the coriander seeds with the salt add these along with the turmeric and fry while you chop up the tomato. Add the tomatoes and the peas and a some water to cover the base of the pan and put the lid on and simmer for about 10 minutes so the peas and the tomatoes. Add the cream and add the paneer back in an cook for a minute or two more so you have a thickish sauce coating everything. Taste and add a little more salt and some dried chilli if you want.  Finally stir in the coriander leaves and serve.


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