Matar paneer sabzi or matar paneer curry is hearty vegetarian curry from North Indian cuisine. This is one of most popular paneer recipe and many people love it. Matar Paneer or Mutter paneer is often served with with chapati, rice or paratha.
One thing that you will see on an Indian vegetarian party menu is a paneer curry dish. More often than not it will be either matar paneer or shahi paneer. Both of these paneer curries are very rich and that’s the reason now people have started avoiding these. That’s the reason I like home cooked paneer curry more than restaurant style one.
We love matar paneer sabzi specially more during winters when we get freshest tender and sweetest green peas . You can make the curry with frozen peas as well but fresh taste way better. This is a classic north Indian curry basically Punjabi style paneer curry which is easy and healthy.
I pan fried the paneer here, in many matar paneer recipes which are way too rich, beyond what we like at our home the paneer is deep fried which absorbs lot of oil. I pan fried the paneer in just one tbsp oil and and made rest of the curry in the same pan. This makes this curry taste light refreshing and an ideal everyday winter curry.
If you are looking for a nutritious meat free meal matar paneer and rice makes an excellent meal in a bowl. Another thing that makes the difference in paneer curry is quality of paneer used. I try to use homemade paneer as far as possible. If you want to know how to make softest paneer you can refer to this post. Always add paneer in the last, that keeps the paneer soft and it does not become rubbery in texture. Also, another thing that makes it more flavourful is cooking the curry few hours ago because that helps paneer to soak up all the beautiful flavours of the curry.
When cooking matar paneer or mutter paneer, never skimp on tomatoes. Tomato gives it a tangy taste and a beautiful red hue. I avoid adding cashew paste, sometimes I add just a light splash of milk cream or milk. To make it flavourful add kasuri methi too. If you love paneer curries you can check out other delicious Paneer curries too Aloo Matar Paneer , Methi Malai Paneer, Kadai Paneer, Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Koki etc.
VIDEO RECIPE OF MATAR PANEER
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