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Matar/Soybean Paneer

Matar Paneer is a popular vegetarian dish from the Indian sub continent made with green peas and cottage cheese. The other day I had just started cooking the paneer when I realized there was only a little green peas in my freezer. While scanning the freezer contents, I chanced upon a bag of green soybeans and decided on trying the dish with this variation. It turned out to be a smash hit on the taste buds! Like I have said earlier, search for ingredients you have at home and tweak your recipes to your own likings.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Package Paneer (approx 450 gms)
  • 2 tsp Clarified Butter or Ghee
  • 1 Med Onion
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 1 Whole Clove
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon
  • 3 Large Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Almonds
  • 1 tsp Red Chili pd
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander pd
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin pd
  • - - Salt to Taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Green Peas
  • 1 Cup Frozen Soybeans
  • 2 Cups Water

Preparation

  1. Cut the paneer into small cubes and fry them in ghee until golden brown. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Chop onions and ginger very fine. Add oil to the same pan in which the paneer was fried and add the onion and ginger. Put it on medium flame and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Blend the clove, cinnamon, tomatoes, almonds and all the spice pd..to a fine paste. Add this to the onion and cooking it, stirring gently in between for about 10 minutes. Add in a little water at a time. Finally when the gravy is cooked, add in the paneer along with the thawed green peas and soybeans. Cook it further for about 5 minutes or so. This recipe is delicious with flat Indian breads (nan, rotis or parathas).