Paneer Mutter Masala



Paneer and Mutter combination is evergreen. Combining these two gives a rich dish that is tasty and healthy. Dash of masala and presence of gravy surges the taste and ups the flavor.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons of Butter
2  cups of Paneer cubes
200 gms of Green peas (mutter)
1 Lemon
2 Large Onions
3 Large Tomatoes
50 gms of Ghee
Small piece of Ginger
1/4th spoon of turmeric powder
1 teaspoon of Red Chilli powder
1 teaspoon of Coriander powder
1 teaspoon of Garam masala powder
2 Green chillies
1 Cinnamon
1 Cardamom
1 teaspoon of Ginger garlic paste
1 teaspoon of Cumin seeds
Fresh Cream and Coriander leaves for Garnishing
Pepper – 3 to 4 no’s (optional)
Salt to taste


Method:
  • Peel, wash and chop onions. Add these chopped onions, turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin seeds, cinnamon, powdered pepper and cardamom in a heating pan with one tablespoon of ghee. Fry these ingredients until the onions turn to golden brown color. 
  • Step 2 - Make a paste of this mixture by adding little water. The paste should not be too loose nor too hard. Add water accurately. 
  • Use microwave to tender green peas. They can also be bought to tenderness using a pressure cooker. 
  • Paneer can be either soft or medium hard. For a softer paneer, placing the cubes in warm water is preferable until next use. For medium hard, fry the cubes  in the pan using a half teaspoon of ghee. For a better recognition, paneer cubes will turn golden brown. After this shallow frying, the cubes should be placed in warm water once again. 
  • Add chopped tomatoes, green chilies and ginger garlic paste in a pan and heat for 5 minutes. Use half teaspoon of ghee. Simmer for 1 minute. 
  • Add the grounded paste (Step 2) into the pan and allow it to simmer until the excessive water evaporates. Add salt to taste. 
  • Add cooked green peas and butter into the mixture. Add ½ cup of water to get the mixture into the gravy. 
  • Add soft or shallow fried paneer cubes into the mixture. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Add garam masala to flavor. 
  • Garnish the dish with coriander leaves and lemon juice. 
Note:
  • Do not over fry paneer cubes. 
  • Add water in its right quantity to achieve a medium thickness of paste. 
  • Avoid adding garam masala in the initial stage. Excessive simmering of masala will alter the taste. 
  • Do not forget to add lemon juice at the end. 

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