Matar Paneer without Onion and Garlic – Fried paneer cubes cooked in scrumptious, spicy and rich tomato-based gravy, which has been flavored with fenugreek leaves and spices with the basic Indian spices is matar paneer without onion and garlic. The best part about this matar paneer recipe is that it is very easy and quick to make, especially if you have some tomato puree in your fridge. Otherwise too it is a simple recipe. It is a comparatively spicy preparation. However you can control the heat of the dish by reducing the spices mentioned. It can be served with rice, poori, and paratha or even with simple chapatis.
Paneer: You can use homemade or fresh store-bought paneer. Just make sure that if should be firm as paneer has to be cut into cubes and deep-fried for the recipe. It is important that the paneer used is not CRUMBLY.
Peas: Fresh peas are definitely better for any recipe using recipe calling for peas. However, you can make this recipe using frozen peas too. I have prepared it with the frozen peas.
Tomato: I always have my tomatoes in the form of puree. It makes my gravies very luscious and reduces the cooking time. However, if you do not have tomato puree, you can just puree the tomatoes in a mixer and use it.
Spices: Red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt along with dried fenugreek leaves have been used to spice up matar paneer.
Malai: The cream that is formed on milk is extracted and used for this Matar Paneer recipe. However, you can also use heavy cream instead of malai.
There could be a number of reasons for someone to avoid onions and garlic in their diet. And therefore we have a collection of classic recipes made without any onion and garlic. It includes the most popular Indian recipes which have been prepared without onion and garlic without compromising on the taste. Do try these.
Serve it with hot and crispy poori and boondi raita for a weekend dinner.
1.This recipe serves 3-4 persons.
2.If using frozen peas, heat enough water and little salt and 1 tsp sugar.
3.Add ¾ cup of frozen peas into it. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Strain the boiled peas. Keep aside.
4.Heat enough oil in a deep pan. Add the paneer cubes.
5.Fry till the paneer is golden brown. Keep aside for now.
6.In a pan heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add in 1 tbsp coriander powder, 2 tsp red chili powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, and 2 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi).
7.Cook for a minute.
8.Add in puree of 3 tomatoes.
9.Cover and cook till the oil oozes.
10.Next add ¼ cup of malai.
11.Cook till the fat oozes.
12.Add in salt to taste.
13.Add in one to one and a half cups of water.
14.Once it simmers, add the fried paneer cubes.
15.Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
16.Finally add in the boiled peas and simmer for 2 minutes.
17.Serve hot. Bon appetite!
PREP TIME 15 minutes
COOK TIME 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME 40 minutes
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