Mattar Paneer - Indian Peas with Paneer Cheese

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

I always like this as a side dish, although it can be served as a vegetarian main dish. I generally like to make several types of things when I cook Indian and I usually will cook this or palak paneer along with the others.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil in a large skillet and saute the paneer in batches (add more oil if necessary), until lightly browned, and drain on paper toweling.
  2. In a large pan, heat the 3 tbsp oil or ghee and cook the onion, ginger and garlic until the onion is tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the coriander, cumin, salt, turmeric, and cayenne, and cook until the spices become fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  5. Add the paneer, water, and peas and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce is thick and smooth.
  7. Garnish with cilantro before serving.
Most Helpful

Great recipe! I also added a little bit more of the spices. I wonder though why it says it serves 6, we finished it with 2? We are not big eaters.

Marijke R. November 03, 2015

This is delicious! I was a little worried at first because I thought it tasted rather bland, but I had made it in advance and when I heated it up for dinner the flavors were perfect!!

IH8Bacon February 04, 2013

Easy and delicious%u2014my favorite combination! I love the mix of flavors from the spices, onion, garlic and ginger! Didn't change a thing and I thought it was perfect as is and bursting with flavor. All four of my kids, age 13 to 6 liked it as much as I did. We served it as a main dish with some cooked chickpeas thrown in with the peas and brown rice on the side.

rachelandcompany November 26, 2012