Mutter Paneer

Mutter Paneer, a classic dish, is popular in both Indian-homes and restaurants. The dish is a favorite among the North-Indians especially. Any festival or get-togethers, a dish made of Paneer, which is nothing but the Indian Cottage Cheese is a must. Mutter Panner is a Paneer dish combined with peas vegetable, which gives that fresh sweet taste in the curry, packed with mild spices. The dish can be enhanced with adding nuts in a pureed form and for more rich gravy, cream (malai) is added for that silky smooth texture.

Although paneer is loved by all, it is considered a good substitute for vegetarians for its nutritional benefits. Previously, I had blogged Paneer Butter Masala, packed with various spices and for the richness cashewnut paste was added along with other rich ingredients. Whereas here, the Mutter Paneer is given that classic simple taste, as the dish is everyday fare in most of the homes, especially during the season of fresh peas. Here the Mutter Paneer dish is without ginger and garlic but tastes heavenly in its own way. And above all, to get the creamy texture, curd is added in the curry. 


1. Paneer cubes - 1 cup
2. Fresh peas (or frozen) / Mutter - 1 cup
3. Tomatoes - 2 no.
4. Onions - 2 no.
5. Turmeric - 1/2 tsp.
6. Coriander / Dhania powder - 2 tsp.
7. Chilly Powder - 1 tbsp.
8. Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp.
9. Curd - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp.

Cooking Method:

1. Chop onions and cook them in some water. Remove the onions once chill and grind it into fine paste. Similarly cook the whole tomatoes in some water until the skin of it can be removed. Peel the skin and grind this too into fine paste and keep it ready.

2. Parboil peas and keep this too aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan and add onion paste. Cook this onions well until all the water content in the onions evaporate. Now pour the tomato puree into the same and cook until the oil leaves to the sides. 

4. Add turmeric, coriander, chilly powder and salt to this already cooked onion and tomato paste and combine everything by adding curd and parboiled peas to it. Now add some warm water and cook the gravy till the desired consistency. Finally can add panner and garam masala to the gravy and the delicious Mutter Panner is ready to be served with pulkas, chapatis, poori and any other bread.


1. Cream / Malai or cashew nut paste can be added to the Mutter Paneer to make it more rich. 

2. Even groundnut paste can be added to the gravy.

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