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Mattar Paneer

Main Course / Vegetable Dish / Gluten Free / Nut Free / Shellfish Free / Suitable for Diabetics / Healthy heart recipe / Vegetarian / Indian

Mattar Paneer

Serves: 5

Preparation time:

Cooking time:

Submitted by: Mamta’s kitchen website


Cheese, Peas and Curry in a Mild Tomato Based Sauce. Served with Courgettes and rice

600 gms Paneer cheese* (see notes)
60 gms Frozen peas
45 mls or 3 tbsps Vegetable oil
2 tsps Cumin seeds
1 and half tbsps Ginger - finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves - crushed or finely chopped
2 Onions - chopped
400 gm tin or 4 fresh Tomatoes, chopped
2 tsps Ground coriander
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Cayenne powder or chilli flakes
1 tsp Garam masala
200 mls Water or semi skimmed milk
3 tbsps Coriander leaves - finely chopped
400 gms Courgettes - sliced into thick rounds
25 gms Butter
15 ml or 1 tbsp Olive oil
Black pepper or brown mustard seeds (optional) to taste
300 gms White basmati or long-grain rice


1. Chop the garlic, ginger and onion and process to a paste in a food processor or chop very finely.

2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin. Stir for a minute as the seeds splutter, but do not let them burn. Add the onion, garlic and ginger paste. Fry until medium brown and then add the tomatoes, coriander powder, turmeric, salt and chilli. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

2. Add the peas and enough water or milk to cover. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the paneer and simmer for another 5 minutes.

3. Adjust seasoning and thickness of gravy to your taste. Add coriander leaves and garam masala, stir. It is now ready to serve.


Melt the butter and oil in a pan over a medium heat then add the courgettes, stir and put the lid on. Check regularly over the next 5 – 10 minutes, stirring so they don’t catch, or until cooked.


Cook the rice using your own preferred method or boil or steam the rice according to packet instructions, then drain before serving.

Serving suggestions

Paneer cheese is an Indian cheese that maintains its shape when sliced or cubed and cooked in sauce. It is 100% vegetarian and made from whole cow’s milk. It is available from Indian grocery shops as well as some supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Waitrose. Its nearest substitute is Halloumi cheese.

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