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Matar paneer

Matar paneer:

This is one of my favourite dishes. I cook two different types of matar paneer. One is with paneer, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, green peppers or capsicums, onions, green peas and paneer. And the other one is with paneer, tomatoes, onions and green peas.

First of all you should know the nutritional value of the vegetables you are going to make. It is good to know the nutritional value before choosing the right vegetables for your dish. So here I am sharing my knowledge with you.

Paneer is fresh cheese which is made of milk. Paneer is a good source of protein. Nutritional value per 183 grams of paneer is 43 kcal, 10 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams sugars, 2 grams fat, 7 grams protein and calcium.

Nutritional value of green peas in per 1 cup (145 grams) is 118 calories, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin A, 8 grams protein, 7 grams fiber and vitamin C. Nutritional value of one medium whole tomato which is 123 grams is 22 calories, 292 mg potassium, 4.8 grams total carbohydrate, 1.5 grams dietary fiber, 3.2 grams sugar, 1.1 grams protein, vitamin A, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamin c.

Nutritional value of one medium size onion which is 110 grams is calories 44, 161 mg potassium, 10 grams carbohydrate, 1.9 grams dietary fiber, 1.2 grams protein, vitamin C, vitamin B6 calcium, iron, magnesium and 4.7 grams sugar.

Paneer is used mostly in Indian cuisine. We make a lot of different types of food with paneer such as paneer tikka masala, paneer butter masala, matar paneer, palak paneer, paneer pakora, sahi paneer, paneer veg roll, chilli paneer, kadai paneer and paneer momo.

I often make matar paneer as I love to eat paneer a lot. I have learnt one of the matar paneer recipes from my mother and the other from my friend. My mother uses green peas, potatoes, capsicum and carrots in her recipe and my friend uses green peas, tomatoes and onions. Both the recipes are very good. Today I will share my friend’s recipe with you. My friend’s recipe does not take so long to prepare and it also tastes very good. So I often make his recipe at home. My friend used to brag about his recipe all the time. I remember when the first time he shared his recipe with me I was not very pleased to hear as I was thinking that it won’t taste good. So one day I decided to try his recipe and I requested him to cook it for me. And when he made matar paneer and asked me to taste I was blown away as it was beyond my expectation. Since then I have been following his recipe. He has so much love for cooking and he always makes tasty food. He wanted to open his own restaurant also. My mother’s recipe is also very tasty but it is time consuming as she uses a lot of vegetables in her dish. You can try my mother’s recipe if you can afford to give that much time to your paneer. This is an amazing dish for all the vegetarians as it serves good amount of protein. I request you all to try this recipe at least once. I am sure you will like it.

Ingredients:

Green peas, paneer, chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, salt, coriander powder, turmeric powder, 2 black cardamom, chopped ginger, one chopped green chilli, cumin seeds, olive oil, red chilli powder, garam masala.

Direction

  • First cut the paneer in small cube shape.
  • Heat the oil in a pan. You can use olive oil as well as sunflower oil
  • Then add cumin seeds, ginger, black cardamom, chopped green chilli and fry them for 10 seconds in a medium flame.
  • Then add onions and fry it for 2 minutesin a meduim flame.
  • After that add paneer and fry it for 4 minutes in a medium flame.
  • Then add green peas and again fry the green peas with paneer for sometime in a meduim flame.
  • After frying the matar, add a pinch of turmeric powder, 1 teas spoon coriander powder, 1 tea spoon garam masala according to the quantity of your matar, 1/2 tea spoon red chilli powder, salt as per your taste and fry it for sometime in a medium flame.
  • You need to keep stirring it otherwise it can stick to the pan.
  • When the vegetables will be fried enough you can add tomatoes.
  • After adding tomatoes cook it in a medium flame for sometime.
  • After adding tomatoes you need check on your curry many times as you do not want to overcook it.
  • When the tomatoes are soft and cooked well you will know that your tasty matar paneer is ready.
  • My matar paneer does not have any soup.
  • If you wish to keep some soup in your matar paneer you can add water before adding tomatoes.
  • Thus you will have little soup in your matar paneer.
  • But after adding water you need to cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then you can add tomatoes.
  • You can try this tasty matar paneer with roti, naan or rice.
  • I love to eat matar paneer with roti.