Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Black & White Wednesday & Mattar Paneer~Blog Hop# 5

For today's blog hop I am paired with Radhika of Tickling Palates and the brain behind the wonderful Blog Hop.

Radhika has a number of exiting recipes and I have bookmarked quite a few recipes. In fact I made this delicious Mattar Paneer (click here for the link) last Wednesday when it was "Avidhwa Navami".

Avidhwa Navami is celebrated in the Pitru Paksha or Pitru Pandharwada or Mahaal Mihina, for the people who do not know each day in this fortnight you offer your prayers and respects to your ancestors. On the Navami, that is the ninth day the ladies who have died before their husbands are remembered and you call a Suhagan to accept the gifts offered.

I am very lucky as one of my friends can accept these offerings and the best part is since she is also a working woman she comes over in the evening. The best part is there are no restrictions regarding onion and garlic. Thanks Kanchan you are great!

So I made Mattar Paneer. I have made it in the past but this recipe is exactly Radhika has made.  Exactly, no not exactly you see I have a reputation to keep up. How can it be exact? The major difference is I have made it on stove top whereas Radhika has made hers in the microwave and a few minor changes to accommodate my situation.

I would have made it in the micro but I did not have a container to hold about 1/2 kg paneer, 3/4 kg peas so stove top it had to be.

3/4 kg frozen peas 
500 grms Paneer
5 Onion 
3 Tomatoes (as I had only 3)
2 tblspn Broken cashew nuts 
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
2 tsp Red Chilli powder 
2 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Garam masala powder 
1 tsp 
 ½ tsp Kasuri methi – ½ tsp
 2 tbsp Chopped coriander leaves
 Salt – to taste
1 tblsp Ghee 
2 tsp Cream (optional)
1/2 cup milk

1.      Cube the paneer and spread them over a non stick tava. Apply 2 tsp of ghee evenly so that all the cubes are coated uniformly. Heat till they turn till they turn a golden color turn over and fry again on all sides.
2.      Put the fried cubes in some warm water so that they remain soft.
3.      Cut the onions and tomatoes into chunks.
4.      In a kadhai/wok mix together onions, tomatoes, cashews, garlic  with  oil cook till the tomatoes soften with the Kadhai/ wok closed. I used futura vessel so when the steam started escaping from the sides I switched off the gas and let it cool and grind it in a mixer with little water along with the turmeric powder & kasuri methi to a fine paste.
5.      In the kadhai/ wok heat the remaining oil and ghee. Now add the chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and cook for about 1 minute.
6.     Add the peas, salt and ground paste to it and some milk if needed as per the consistency that you prefer. Mix well and cook till the peas are cooked.
7.     Now add the paneer cubes,  coriander leaves. Mix well and cook till you get the aroma of all the spices (max 5 minutes).
8.     Let it stand for a couple of minutes before serving it with a swirl of cream on top. This goes well with chapattis, puris or Naan.
 Linking this to The Blop Hop at Radhika's Palates



  1. Mattar paneer looks delicious.. we make it slightly differently at home.. would try your version someday..

  2. absolutely delicious..:P
    love d tomato flower..

    Tasty Appetite

  3. Will try participating in your event..I use the internet explorer..I too found it difficult yesterday to post a comment.. posted my comment twice...Hope this gets solved..

  4. Scrumptious side dish! My all time fav:)

  5. yeah! it works - thanks dear :) Paneer looks creamy and very yum!

  6. to comment on your posts..:) Had tried leaving u a message too...

    This curry looks creamy & perfect for dinner parties!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. Absolutly droolwrothy Sidedish for rotis.....

  8. wonderful sidedish dear, looks so delicious n creamy...

  9. Archana, your recipe looks and sounds more than lovely for a holiday. Entitling your photo "Khana" is most appropriate and endearing. Thank you again for your BWW image.


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