Paneer Peas Masala

Paneer Peas Masala

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Frozen Paneer is something that I always stock up in my freezer. I make it once in two weeks or so. This is my go to Paneer recipe these days. It goes well with rice and roti. Though I wanted to share it with you before, I wasnt very happy with the pictures. Made it again the other day and clicked a new batch of pictures. Hope this one is better, what do you think?

Recommended rice recipes for this curry: Ghee Rice, Vegetable Pulao, Jaldi Tomato Rice, Masala Pulao, Lemon Rice

Step by step pictures..

Soak cashew nut and poppy seed in 2 tbsp hot water for 10-15 mins. Grind them to a smooth paste…

Step 1

Heat oil in a pan and add jeera. Add onion and fry till it becomes golden brown in colour. Add grated/crushed ginger and garlic. Cook for 2-3 mins, till the raw smell goes…

Step 2Add the masala powders. Cook for 2-3 mins. Add pureed tomato, salt and kasuri methi. Mix well…

Step 3When oil starts appearing, add paneer and peas. Mix well. Add 1.5 cups hot water. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat. Cover and cook till the gravy thickens…

Step 4Add cashew poppy paste to the curry. Stir and let it cook for 3-5 mins. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and remove from fire…

Step 5

Paneer Peas Masala
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
  • Paneer - 250 gms
  • Peas - ½ cup (I used frozen peas)
  • Onion - 2 medium, chopped finely
  • Crushed/grated ginger and garlic - 1½ - 2 tsp, each
  • Chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2- 21/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Garam masala - ½ -1 tsp
  • Tomato - 1-2 medium, pureed
  • Kasuri methi - ½ tbsp
  • Jeera - ¼ tsp
  • Cashew nut - 1 tbsp
  • Poppy seed - 1 tsp (optional, refer notes)
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Coriander leaves
Instructions
  1. Soak cashew nut and poppy seed in 2 tbsp hot water for 10-15 mins. Grind them to a smooth paste.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add jeera. Add onion and fry till it becomes golden brown in colour. Add grated/crushed ginger and garlic. Cook for 2-3 mins, till the raw smell goes. Add the masala powders. Cook for 2-3 mins. Add pureed tomato, salt and kasuri methi. Mix well.
  3. When oil starts appearing, add paneer and peas. Mix well. Add 1.5 cups hot water. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat. Cover and cook till the gravy thickens. Add ¼ -1/2 cup hot water to cashew poppy paste. Mix well and add to the curry. Stir and let it cook for 3-5 mins. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and remove from fire.
Notes
If you dont have poppy seeds, increase the qty of cashew to 2 tbsp and follow the rest of the recipe. You can adjust the qty of water to suit your preference. Also if you want a richer and creamier version, you can use ghee instead of oil and also add ½ cup of cream in the end. Make sure you dont boil the curry, after adding cream.

 

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  • Jisha

    What about grinding the onion too?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Jisha, I’ve never tried it that way, but I guess you can do that :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Jisha, I’ve never tried it that way, but I guess you can do that :)

  • Jisha

    What about grinding the onion too?

  • susan anish

    Looks yummy!!!btw how do you make paneer?can you just explain…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Susan! I’ve never made paneer at home. I use frozen paneer.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • disqus_hiaYcgZal8

    do we need to fry the paneer or just like that we can add?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      I didnt fry the pnaeer. i added it directly to the masala.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Chitz

    Lovely pics Maria.. And a simple yummy accompaniment for chappathi too :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Chitz :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Chitz :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Chitz :)

  • Chitz

    Lovely pics Maria.. And a simple yummy accompaniment for chappathi too :)

  • Chitz

    Lovely pics Maria.. And a simple yummy accompaniment for chappathi too :)

  • jaya

    wonderful clicks, i am a die heart fan of ur recipes, all came out well, thanks a lot for ur posts, wish u good luck

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Jaya :) Good to know that you like the recipes posted here.

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Jaya :) Good to know that you like the recipes posted here.

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • jaya

    wonderful clicks, i am a die heart fan of ur recipes, all came out well, thanks a lot for ur posts, wish u good luck

  • Diya Anil

    Dear Maria, love paneer and your recipe. Will try making it one of these days. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Diya :) Hope you got to try this recipe and liked it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Diya :) Hope you got to try this recipe and liked it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Diya Anil

    Dear Maria, love paneer and your recipe. Will try making it one of these days. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

  • Rebecca Kuttickal

    Hi Maria, I live in Bahrain as well, I wanted to know if Poppy seeds are available here?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rebecca,

      Please check your email.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rebecca,

      Please check your email.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Rebecca Kuttickal

    Hi Maria, I live in Bahrain as well, I wanted to know if Poppy seeds are available here?

  • fnm

    It’s nice and short recipe. Looks simply awesome. Great.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you :)

  • fnm

    It’s nice and short recipe. Looks simply awesome. Great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annmolmary.mathews Annmol Mary Mathews

    thank u so much for the wonderful menu…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/annmolmary.mathews Annmol Mary Mathews

    thank u so much for the wonderful menu…

  • http://www.facebook.com/annmolmary.mathews Annmol Mary Mathews

    thank u so much for the wonderful menu…

  • http://www.facebook.com/arunanand.vs Arunanand Vs

    Thku very much it’s very simple Nd tasty thks ?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome :)

  • Mary Ann Chacko

    skipped the cashew and poppy seeds and it was still awesome! Thank you Maria!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Mary :) Good to know that this recipe worked for you.

      Thanks a lot for the comment.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Susan

    Hi Maria,
    I am new to ur web page…but must say, I am getting addicted..I tried ur paneer recipe and must say..loved it.Usually my paneer dishes does not come out that well..but this time, it was a hit. Thank you so much..However, wanted to know – is there any way to make the paneer absorb the flavours too..my paneer seemed to lack that..
    Thank u once again.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Susan, welcome to MariasMenu :)

      Thank you so much for trying the recipe. Good to know that you liked it. Usually paneer absorbs the flavour of the curry. May be you can use smaller pieces of paneer instead of big chunks and see whether it works.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • nimmy francis

    its a wonderful dish,, i will definitely try this,,

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Nimmy :) I do hope you like it..

  • meera

    hi… I tried this last day. it came out wonderful. I added some milky mushroom and some raisins also to this. it was too good. my mother in law asked me the recipe. thanks for the recipe :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot Meera :) Adding raisins sound interesting! I’m glad that this recipe worked out for you..

      Cheers
      Maria

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