Mutter-paneer (Peas and Cottage Cheese Curry)

Mutter-paneer is a dish that I make very often. It is light and it’s refreshing taste of tomato and garlic makes it the best accompaniment for rotis or rice. You can use fresh or frozen peas. If using fresh peas, you need to cook it a little longer. Use paneer or cottage cheese cubes.

Fresh taste

Ingredients

(Serves 5)

Peas 250 g

Paneer or cottage cheese 200 g, cut into cubes

Tomatoes 2 medium

Onion 1 large

Garlic 5 cloves

Ginger 1” piece

Green chillies 2, split

Coriander leaves for gatnish

Turmeric 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder 1 tbsp

Oil 2 tbsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Method

Grind the onion, tomatoes, ginger and garlic in a blender.

Heat oil in a wok and add the cumin seeds. When they stop sputtering, add the ground paste. Fry for about three minutes till the oil begins to separate from the edges.

Add the turmeric and red chilli powder and cook till blended in well, about two minutes.

Add the peas and mix well. Add about a cup and a half of water and salt. Bring to a boil and add the paneer cubes. Add the split green chillies.

Cook covered on a low flame till the gravy thickens.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with ajwain puris, roti or rice.

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