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Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen Green Peas (matar)

3/4 cup (1/2-inch cubed) Paneer (cottage cheese)

1 medium Onion, finely chopped

1 Green Chilli, chopped

2-3 cloves of Garlic

1/2 inch piece of Ginger, chopped

2 medium Tomatoes, roughly chopped

5-6 Cashew Nuts, soaked in hot water for 20-30 minutes

1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder

1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder

1 teaspoon Coriander Powder

1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder

For shallow frying + 2 tablespoons Oil or Ghee (clarified butter)

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Water

Salt to taste

Directions:

  • Grind onion, green chilli, ginger and garlic together in the small chutney jar of a grinder to make medium coarse paste. Grind the tomatoes to make tomato puree. Grind cashew nuts with 2 tablespoons water until smooth paste.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the same pan/kadai over medium flame. Add crushed onion paste (prepared in step-1) and salt (only for onion paste, it helps to cook onion faster). Sauté it until oil starts to separate or it turns translucent. It will take around 5-7 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree (prepared in step-1) and cook on medium flame until oil starts to separate, for approx. 5-6 minutes.
  • Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt.
  • Stir and cook for a minute. Add cashew nut paste (prepared in step-1).
  • Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add boiled peas and 1/2 cup water; mix properly and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add paneer cubes and cook for 2-3 minutes. We have added plain paneer cubes but you can add shallow fried paneer to enhance the flavor.
  • Turn off flame and transfer prepared curry to a serving bowl. Matar paneer is ready. Serve it with butter kulcha, cucumber tomato onion salad and gajar halwa for a complete meal.

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