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Recipe by Route 79

Description Edit

Mutter Paneer is a delicious curry of Peas and home-made Cheese cubes (paneer). Once again - it's a Punjabi dish - and is extremely tasty when served with roti - or pitta bread: you can choose! And again - it's really easy to make. Just get the following ingredients together:

Ingredients Edit



  • 1 packet of ready-made paneer cubes from your local Indian shop - about 500g
  • 2 medium onions chopped finely
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A generous bowl of frozen Peas
  • The usual chunks ginger, chillie, garlic from your freezer (thawed of course)
  • 2 (heaped) teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 (heaped) teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 and a half teaspoon of haldi (turmeric)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 pinch of cumin seed if you have some

Directions Edit

Heat up a couple of tablespoons of veg oil in a frying pan until hot and then add the cube sof paneer and fry until golden brown - turning over frequently to ensure even browning.


Shallow-fry the paneer cubes in oil


Fry until golden brown. Turn over frequently

When the paneer cubes have browned - place them onto a plate lined with kitchen paper so that the excess oil is absorbed away. In the meantime - get a large-ish pot and heat some vegetable oil in it until hot - and add the pinch of cumin seed and wait until it splutters.


Lay out paneer on kitchen paper


Fry some cumin seed in oil until it splutters

Then add the chopped onions and fry until goldeny-brown. After which add the ground dry spices and fry some more for about 5 mins gently.


Fry onions until golden brownish


Add all the ground spices

Then when the spices are infused int he Onion mixture - and the oil begins to separate from the onions - add the tin of chopped tomoto - and stir around on highish heat for a few mins.


Add the tin of chopped tomatoes


Cook for around 5 mins

After about 5 mins of simmering tomato-onion-spice mixture - add about 4 small glasses of water to the pot - and bring to simmer. Then add the previously-fried cubes of paneer to the pot and let it simmer for a few minutes more.


Add 3 or 4 glasses of water


Add the paneer cubes to the pot

Then add the bowl of frozen Peas - mix it about and simmer with the lid partially on for about 20 mins - stirring occasionally. The paneer cubes - which started out as "stodgy" plain Cheese pieces should by now be of a texture a bit like sponge - and should have absorbed the masala flavours too.


Add the frozen peas


Simmer for around 15 mins

When the "soup" in the pot is of the consistency that you prefer - simmering with the lid off to let some water evaporate - then just stir in some freshly chopped coriander leaf if - and switch the flame off - put the lid on - and then go and prepare some pitta bread or toast - or whatever - to accompany the mutter paneer.

Congratulate yourself for preparing such an enjoyable dish! And enjoy eating it too!

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