A lot of muttar paneer recipes involve making a paste & blending, so everything is nice and smooth and pretty.
This recipe doesn’t do that. Partly because I’m lazy, and partly because I like texture to my food. Might as well chew while I still can; I’ll save the blending for when my teeth fall out.
…or at least until I need a lassi 🙂
- 250g paneer cheese, cut into 1cm cubes
- 2tbsp oil for frying
- ½ a medium sized red onion, chopped
- 2-4 cloves garlic, diced
- small knob of ginger, approx. 2-3cm, grated
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1tsp chilli powder
- 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, or 6 medium tomatoes, chopped, or a combination of the two
- 1.5 tsp garam masala
- pinch of smoked paprika (optional)
- 200g peas – you can use frozen or fresh
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt (optional)
- small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- Fry the paneer in a frying pan with 1 tbsp of the oil until browned on all sides; be careful not to burn them! Remove from pan & set aside.
- Fry the onions with another tbsp of oil for a few minutes, then add the garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, coriander & chilli powder. Fry for a further 1-2 minutes
- Add the tomatoes. Stir together. Add water to thin the sauce, if required. Add salt & pepper to season. Bring to a bubble, then reduce. Add garam masala.
- Taste & adjust spices & seasoning, if required. (I usually end up adding more chilli here, and sometimes a pinch of smoked paprika, to add a hint of smoky depth. But really only add a pinch – it’s way too easy to overdo it).
- Once the above is all seasoned, adjusted & heated through, add the peas & simmer for 2 minutes.
- Stir through the yogurt, if using.
- Add the paneer & stir through to warm.
- Sprinkle with coriander to serve.
Can be paired with your favourite rice, or warmed roti/chapatis.