//Matar Paneer | Peas and Cottage Cheese Curry

Matar Paneer | Peas and Cottage Cheese Curry

Matar Paneer is a popular Indian curry dish made with green peas and cottage cheese. There are many variations of making this dish and In this post I am sharing 2 such delicious variations.

  • Matar Paneer – Easy Home Style.
  • Dhaba Style Matar Paneer – Spicy in Taste.

Both the recipes are shared with step by step photos and taste good. You can make either of them as per your preference.

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About Easy Home Style Matar Paneer

This is a family recipe to make this spiced and creamy curry with peas and cottage cheese.

This easy to prepare tasty mutter paneer is quite often made at home. It is one of the popular paneer recipes made in North India.

This is a simple recipe for matar paneer and not a restaurant-style but a simple homemade dish that tastes good. The kinds which make for a homely comforting meal.

I learned to make mutter paneer first time at my in-laws’ place. This is a classic Punjabi recipe that we make. Its simple, fuss-free and easy.

For a slightly creamier version, I add cashews. To give some citrus notes to the curry, I also add coriander leaves.

Matar paneer goes well with parathas or naan or cumin rice and even steamed rice. At home I usually make parathas or rotis to go with it. A side veg or raita also goes well with the combination of matar paneer and parathas.

In the pic are parathas and mix veg salad with nuts served with the mutter paneer. Vegan can substitute tofu with paneer and still enjoy the deliciousness.

How to make matar paneer

1. Take ingredients for making the masala paste in a wet grinder – ½ cup chopped onions, ¾ cup chopped tomatoes, ½ inch ginger, (2-3) garlic, (1-2) green chilies, (10-12) chopped cashews, 2 tbsp coriander leaves, (4-5) black pepper, ½ inch cinnamon, 1 tsp coriander seeds & (2-3) cloves

preparing matar paneer recipe

preparing matar paneer recipe

2. Grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste. No need to add water while grinding. There should be no small bits and pieces of cashews in the paste. Keep the ground paste aside.

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

3. heat 2 to 2.5 tbsp oil or ghee. Add ½ tsp cumin seeds.

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

4. Add the ground masala paste. Stir. Take care while sauteing as the paste splutters. If there is too much spluttering, then cover partly with a lid till the spluttering stops.

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

5. Saute for 10 to 12 minutes on a low to medium flame till the oil separates from the paste.

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

6. Add all the dry spice powders – ¼ tsp turmeric powder, (¼ to ½) tsp red chili powder and (¼ to ½) tsp garam masala powder. Stir very well. if adding cream or malai, you can add now. Stir and saute for a minute.

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

7. Add 1 cup rinsed peas or matar.

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

8. Stir well.

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

9. Then add (1 cup to 1.25 cups) water and salt. Stir again.

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

10. Pressure cook till the peas are cooked. Cook for about 2 to 3 whistles or 9 to 10 minutes. (check notes in recipe card below, on how to cook in a pan.)

making matar paneer recipe

making matar paneer recipe

11. When the pressure drops on its own, open the lid of the pressure cooker. If the gravy appears thin, then simmer till it reaches the desired consistency. The consistency is medium and neither thick nor thin. If the gravy appears thick, then add some water and simmer. For a slight sweet taste, you can also add up to ½ tsp of sugar.

Add the paneer cubes (250 to 300 gms). Simmer on a low flame for 1 to 2 minutes or till the paneer cubes are cooked. Avoid overcooking as then the paneer would become dense and rubbery.

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matar paneer recipe, mutter paneer recipe

12. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves & Serve matar paneer with parathas or naan or tandoori rotis. You can also serve it with khasta rotis or with steamed rice or jeera rice or saffron rice.

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matar paneer recipe, mutter paneer recipe

Tip from reader abhishek: you can shallow or pan fry the paneer pieces and then add these to the curry.

Few more Paneer curry recipes

Note: This Matar Paneer recipe is from the archives (April 2013) and has been republished and updated on 28th June 2020.


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Matar Paneer

Matar paneer is a spiced and creamy curry made with peas and cottage cheese.

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Servings (change the number to scale):4

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

making masala paste

  • In a grinder or blender take all the ingredients Mentioned under “masala paste” – ½ cup chopped onions, ¾ cup chopped tomatoes, ½ inch ginger, (2-3) garlic, (1-2) green chilies, (10-12) chopped cashews, 2 tbsp coriander leaves, (4-5) black pepper, ½ inch cinnamon, 1 tsp coriander seeds and (2-3) cloves. 

  • Grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste.

  • No need to add water while grinding. There should be no small bits and pieces of cashews in the paste.

  • Keep the ground paste aside.

making matar paneer

  • Heat oil or ghee. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. Saute the cumin till they splutter.

  • Then add the ground masala paste. Stir. Take care while sauteing as the paste splutters. If there is too much spluttering, then cover partly with a lid till the spluttering stops.

  • Saute for 10-12 minutes or more on a low to medium flame till the oil separates from the paste.

  • Add all the dry spice powders – turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder. Stir well.

  • If adding cream or malai, you can add now. Stir and saute for a minute.

  • Then add the peas or matar. Stir again.

  • Add water and season with salt.

  • Cover the cooker tightly and pressure cook till the peas are cooked. Cook for about 2 to 3 whistles or 9 to 10 minutes. (check notes below on how to cook in a pan.)

  • When the pressure drops on its own, open the lid of the pressure cooker.

  • If the curry appears thin, then simmer till it reaches the desired consistency. The consistency is medium and neither thick nor thin.

  • If the gravy appears thick, then add some water and simmer.

  • Add the paneer cubes. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes on a low flame or till the paneer cubes get cooked. For a slight sweet taste, you can also add sugar just before you add the paneer cubes.

  • Don’t overcook as the paneer becomes dense and hard then.

  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and Serve matar paneer with Indian Flatbreads like roti, paratha, naan or with steamed basmati rice or cumin rice.

For making mutter paneer in a pan or pot

  1. First fry the cumin seeds in a pan.
  2. Then add the masala paste and saute till oil releases from the sides.
  3. Add the dry spice powders and stir.
  4. Add the matar, salt and about 1.5 to 2 cups water.
  5. Close the pan and cook the peas till they become soft. If the curry dries up whilst cooking, add more water. Then continue with the rest of the recipe.

Note: If the tomatoes are sour, then sweeten the gravy by adding some sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Matar Paneer

Amount Per Serving

Calories 197 Calories from Fat 109

% Daily Value*

Fat 12.1g19%

Saturated Fat 6.1g38%

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8g

Monounsaturated Fat 3.6g

Cholesterol 31.2mg10%

Sodium 824.9mg36%

Potassium 332.4mg9%

Carbohydrates 13.7g5%

Fiber 3.4g14%

Sugar 6.2g7%

Protein 10.5g21%

Vitamin A 700IU14%

Vitamin C 32.2mg39%

Calcium 90mg9%

Iron 1.4mg8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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About Dhaba Style Matar Paneer

This matar paneer has the flavors and taste of dhaba like food in it. The recipe is also easy and shared with step by step photos and video.

It is a favorite dish at home when we are looking to have dhaba style food at home.

matar paneer dhaba style recipe

matar paneer dhaba style recipe

I have made the entire recipe in a pan. But you can even use a pressure cooker to save time.

You can pair this dhaba style mutter paneer with naan, tandoori rotis or even steamed rice. It can also be had with saffron rice or cumin rice or biryani rice.

How to make Dhaba Style Matar paneer

(preparing masala paste)

1. In a grinder jar, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

2. Add ⅓ cup chopped onion.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

3. Then add 1 green chili (chopped), 1 inch ginger, (chopped) and  5 medium garlic cloves (chopped).

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

4. Add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

5. Add 1 cup chopped tomatoes.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

6. Then add 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 5 black peppers and 3 cloves.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

7. Also add 12 cashews. You can even soak cashews in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain all the water and then add.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

8. grind to a smooth paste without adding any water. If required you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water while grinding.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

Making Mutter Paneer

1. Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons oil in a heavy pan. Then add the ground masala paste.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

2. On a low to medium-low flame begin to saute the paste.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

3. Keep on sautéing and stirring often till the paste thickens and you see oil leaving the sides of the paste.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

4. The color of masala will also change and you will clearly see the oil releasing from the paste.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

5. Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

6. Next add 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

7. Mix the spice powders very well with the masala.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

8. Add 1 cup green peas. You can use fresh or frozen green peas.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

9. Mix the peas with the masala.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

10. Then add 2 to 2.25 cups water or add as required.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

11. Season with salt as required. Mix very well.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

12. Cover the pan with its lid and simmer the peas gravy on a medium-low to medium flame till the peas are cooked.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

13. Do check when the peas are cooking and if required add some more water.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

14. Check the doneness of green peas by pressing them with a spoon and they should get mashed easily.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

15. Then add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder.

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

16. Add ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves).

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

17. Add 200 to 250 grams paneer (cubed).

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

making dhaba style matar paneer recipe

18. Mix and cook for a minute.

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

19. Then add ½ inch ginger (julienne).

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

20. Add 3 tablespoons low-fat cream.

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

21. Mix very well. Switch off the flame.

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

22. Then lastly add 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

matar paneer recipe dhaba style

23. Serve matar paneer with Indian flatbread like chapati, tandoori roti, naan or with rice-based dish like steamed rice or cumin rice.

matar paneer dhaba style

matar paneer dhaba style


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Dhaba Style Matar Paneer

Delicious and spicy dhaba style curry made with green peas and cottage cheese.

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Cuisine:north indian,punjabi

Diet:Vegetarian


Servings (change the number to scale):4

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

making masala paste

  • In a grinder jar, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ⅓ cup chopped onion,  1 green chili (chopped), 1 inch ginger, (chopped) and 5 medium garlic cloves (chopped).

  • Add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves and 1 cup chopped tomatoes.

  • Then add 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 5 black peppers and 3 cloves.

  • Add 12 cashews. You can even soak cashews in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain all the water and then add.

  • Grind to a smooth paste without adding any water. If required you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water while grinding.

making dhaba style matar paneer

  • Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons oil in a heavy pan. Then add the ground masala paste.

  • On a low to medium-low flame begin to saute the paste.

  • Keep on sautéing and stirring often till the paste thickens and you see oil leaving the sides of the paste.

  • The color of masala will also change and you will clearly see the oil releasing from the paste.

  • Then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch.

  • Mix the spice powders very well with the masala.

  • Add 1 cup green peas. You can use fresh or frozen green peas. Mix the peas with the masala.

  • Then add 2 to 2.25 cups water or add as required. Season with salt as required. Mix very well. 

  • Cover the pan with its lid and simmer the matar gravy on a medium-low to medium flame till the peas are cooked.

  • Do check when the peas are cooking and if required add some more water.

  • Check the doneness of peas by pressing them with a spoon and they should get mashed easily.

  • Then add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder.

  • Add ½ teaspoon kasuri methi (crushed).

  • Add 200 to 250 grams paneer (cubed). Mix and cook for a minute.

  • Then add ½ inch ginger (julienne) and 3 tablespoons low fat cream.

  • Mix very well. Switch off the flame.

  • Then lastly add 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.

  • Serve matar paneer with chapatis, tandoori rotis, naan, lachcha paratha, pudina paratha or steamed rice or jeera rice.

  1. For a less spicy taste add ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch.
  2. Instead of paneer you can use tofu.
  3. For a thicker gravy, you can add less water. 
  4. For cooking in a pressure cooker, add 1.5 cups water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.

Nutrition Facts

Dhaba Style Matar Paneer

Amount Per Serving

Calories 341 Calories from Fat 243

% Daily Value*

Fat 27g42%

Saturated Fat 10g63%

Cholesterol 40mg13%

Sodium 655mg28%

Potassium 286mg8%

Carbohydrates 14g5%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 10g20%

Vitamin A 990IU20%

Vitamin C 24.6mg30%

Calcium 277mg28%

Iron 1.6mg9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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