Aloo Paneer Matar

Aloo paneer matar is a North Indian recipe prepared with potato, cottage cheese and green peas.  They are cooked in the tomato gravy along with the spices. This is the first recipe I made after my wedding so this is always special for me. You can serve this as a side dish not only for roti, kulcha, naan but also for jeera rice, ghee rice…20140327_102701

INGREDIENTS

Baby potatoes – 10

Matar – 50 gms

Paneer cubes – 10-11

Tomatoes – 4

Onions – 2

Ginger – A small piece

Green chilli – 3

Garlic – 4 cloves

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – A pinch

Garam masala – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder -1/2 tsp

Cilantro – To garnish

Salt – To taste

Butter – 2 tbsp

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  • Heat the butter and add the cumin seeds and allow them to crackle. When they crackle, add the onions and sauté till they are translucent.
  • Pressure cook the potatoes and peel the skin.
  • Grind ginger, garlic and green chilli into a fine paste.
  • Grind the tomatoes and make it into a purée.
  • Add the garlic, ginger,green chilli paste and sauté until the raw smell goes off.
  • Then add the tomato purée and simmer the stove until the tomato purée is cooked. Add little quantity of water.
  • Add the green peas,potatoes, salt,chilli powder, garam masala and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water and allow it to come to a boil.
  • Mash 2 to 3 pieces of potatoes in the pan to thicken the gravy. Simmer till the gravy thickens.
  • Finally add the paneer cubes, mix well and cook for two minutes.
  • Garnish with the coriander and serve hot with rotis or jeera rice.

Note: You can add sugar to adjust the tangy taste of tomatoes.

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