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Monday, 15 April 2013

Cottage Cheese with Green Peas (Paneer Matar) - Hubby's Special!!

One night, on returning from work, Anup returned with groceries (though I clearly remembered I didn't ask for anything we needed) and announced that he decided to make us dinner. Of course we weren't told what it was until he wanted to know where I had stowed away some of the ground spices.

Paneer Matar
You need:

  • 500 gms cottage cheese (paneer), cut in cubes
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
  • 150 gms green peas, pre-cooked
  • 11/4 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chili powder
  • 2 green chilis, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 sprig Coriander leaves, chopped (optional) 

The Make:
Serves 4 adults | Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

1. Heat the oil a non-stick, deep-bottomed skillet. Add the cumin seeds and allow to lightly brown.

2. Saute the onions and when translucent, add the ginger-garlic paste.Allow to cook for a minute.

3. Next add in the green chilis and saute for half a minute.

4. Next, stir in the tomatoes and spices. Cover and cook for a minute.

5. Add the cottage cheese cubes and saute well, making sure not to break the cheese.

6. Next add in the cooked peas and cover for about 5 minutes.

All ingredients added in

7. Add the salt and top with coriander leaves.

Paneer Matar ready to be served

8. Serve hot with roti, naan, chapati or any other flatbread

Paneer Matar with Roti

Needless to stay we were pampered that night with a delicious dinner enjoyed both by our toddler and me. Special note to Bachelors: This is a very easy make and a must try! Bon Appetit!

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