Thursday, March 31, 2016

Peas and Cottage Cheese Curry

Peas and Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) curry is a very popular vegetarian side dish that goes well with rice pilaf or any kind of bread.

Matar paneer as it famously called in India, is a staple in any Indian restaurant menu and I find everyone literally drink this gravy dish and wipe the bowl clean with last piece of flat  bread. I guess the mild spice and richness of cashew nut is what making it so sought after. Peas and paneer gravy doesn't have to be so oily when you make it at home that is better quality without compromising on taste.
Whenever my non-Indian friends ask me for an easy curry I direct them towards this recipe cos there is no slogging required here unlike other Indian dishes.

Frozen green peas - 1 cup
Indian Cottage Cheese -  200 gm cut into cube
Ginger- 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - -5 flakes
Green chili - 1
Onion -2 chopped
Tomato -1 chopped
Tomato paste 1 tsp
Cashew nuts  - 6-8 pieces
Chili powder -1 tsp (paprika powder)
Turmeric powder - 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder -1 tsp
Dried fenugreek leaves/ Kasuri methi - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Coriander leaves fresh chopped
Salt- to taste

Cinnamon- 1/2 inch piece
Cardamom - 2-3
Cloves - 3-4
Cumin- 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Black pepper -1/2  tsp

You can drizzle some fresh cream on top while serving but I skip that.
Add more tomato paste to get the reddish color as above or reduce as to get the golden color as final photographs.Both photographs were taken on different days.
1.Heat 2 tsp of oil and put all the spices listed above , when it warms up then add the ginger, garlic ,green chilli and onion chopped once the raw smell goes add the tomato and tomato paste saute then add all the chilli powder,turmeric powder and coriander powder cashew nut and salt allow it to cook until the tomatoes get soft. Switch off flame then allow it to cool grind this to smooth paste.
2.In the same pan lightly brown the cottage cheese/ paneer on all sides remove and keep aside.
3.Pour the puree back into the pan add half glass water too.When it comes to a boil add the frozen peas and the cottage cheese.
4.Cover and cook (else it will splutter all over the place)on low heat for 10 minutes until the gravy is thick enough sprinkle the dried fenugreek leaves crushed with ur palms give a good stir allow a minute more to cook then switch off the flame.

Sprinkle coriander leaves on top of the peas and cottage cheese curry and serve it along with some salad and roti, plain basmathi rice or pilaf, naan etc.

I have cried enough about the dark gloomy days and I simply wanted to break free from that and give a beautiful white pic set. I love it when you express ur thoughts in comments.

Hope you like it and give the curry a try

More delicious peas ideas from Food Network friends.
Devour: Crowd-Peasing Recipes Using 3 Varieties of Spring Peas
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Spaghetti with Pea and Pine Nut Pesto
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
Pasta with Spring Peas & Pancetta
Red or Green: 
Sugar Snap Peas & Peppers
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: 
Peas and Cottage Cheese Curry
The Mom 100: 
Sauteed Vegetable Frittata
FN Dish: 
5 Ways Peas Are Better with the Italian Treatment


  1. I don't eat rice and paneer but I want to jump into this bowl right now and finish it! :P Matar paneer is quite common at our home too.

    1. Thank you Dolphia I am glad I could tempt you :)

  2. I am there. I will scoop the gravy till the last bit and I would love this curry splashed over rice.

  3. Such a quick recipe but a real yummy curry, we have it as our weekend brunch along with some salad and masala mor to finish it off.

    1. Exactly! Best thing to make for brunch.

  4. So creamy dish.. Looks rich and tempting..

  5. oh i could finish the bowl clean! looks delicious.

    1. Thank you Rekha, looks like we have so many things in common starting from chemmeen :)

  6. That creamy matar paneer got me tempting.... well captured pics with that white background

  7. Such an easy dish Meena. I agree, one of the easiest Indian dishes to whip up. And it reminds you of all things back home! And, beautiful pictures (well, that goes without saying). -Sreelatha

  8. Looks so delicious Meena..white on white pics are simply amazing!


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