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matar paneer recipe | paneer mutter masala | shahi matar paneer

A north indian punjabi rich gravy curry made using paneer and matar in onion tomato rich creamy gravy.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Curries
Cuisine Punjabi
Servings 4
Calories 420 kcal


For making onion tomato gravy:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 medium size onions finely chopped
  • 3 small green chillies chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 4 medium size tomatoes chopped
  • salt - to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

For making shahi matar paneer:

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
  • 15 cashewnuts paste cashews blanched for 5-10 minutes and made into a paste
  • 1 cup matar/green peas
  • 200 gms paneer/cottage cheese cut into cubes
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon roasted coriander seeds powder
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ teaspoon crushed kasoori methi
  • salt - to taste


Making of onion tomato gravy:

  • Firstly, in a pan, add oil and heat it.
  • Into it add finely chopped onions and saute for few minutes.
  • Add green chillies and cook until the onions turn soft and translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute for few minutes until raw smell disappears.
  • Add chopped tomatoes into it, saute for few minutes.
  • Add salt, red chilli powder turmeric powder, mix well and cook until the tomatoes turn soft and pulpy.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Let the mixture cool.
  • Add the cool onion tomato mix into a blender and blend into a fine smooth paste/puree.
  • Set the blended paste aside for later use.

Making of shahi matar paneer:

  • In a pressure cooker, add oil and heat it.
  • Add cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  • Add blended onion tomato puree into it.
  • Stir well and cook the gravy on low flame until oil leaves the sides.
  • Add cashewnut paste into it, mix well.
  • Cook the gravy again on low flame for few minutes until oil starts separating.
  • Add matar/green peas, add paneer cubes, mix carefully.
  • Add water, mix and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
  • Reduce the steam.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves, crushed kasoori methi, mix up well.
  • Cook the shahi matar paneer until oil starts leaving the sides.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Serve hot with roti or naan.
  • Watch the video procedure above.


1. Instead of using mutter and paneer, any other veg ingredients too can be added in the same gravy and pressure cooked.
2. If cream is available, one can even make it even more rich by garnishing the curry with fresh cream.
3. I have used cashewnut paste to make the gravy rich and it can also be replaced with fresh cream.


Nutrition Facts
matar paneer recipe | paneer mutter masala | shahi matar paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 420
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.