Mattar (Peas) Paneer (Cheese)




  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen green peas
  • 3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb paneer
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 inch of cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch



Cube the paneer into half inch pieces and deep-fry them on medium high heat. Fry until the paneer becomes a light golden color. Take the paneer out and place on a paper towel so the extra oil is absorbed.

Blend the tomatoes and ginger to make a paste.

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready.

When the oil is ready, add the asafetida (hing), cumin seeds, bay leaves and cinnamon and stir-fry for a few seconds. Add the tomato paste, coriander, turmeric, chilly powder and paprika. Cook until the mixture reduces to half. Add the green peas and 1/4 cup of water. When the peas are tender, add the salt and paneer. To thicken the gravy, dissolve the cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and add to the gravy. Cover the pan and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.


Add 1 tablespoon fresh chopped fenugreek leaves or 1/2 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves to the gravy when cooking.