Mutter Paneer
Mutter Paneer is a very tasty vegetable dish in North India. It takes a little bit of time to prepare but it is worth it. It takes a few steps to prepare this dish. The steps can be done in advance so it is done quickly.

Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Type: Jain (omit ginger, garlic and onion) & Gluten Free



2 Cups Paneer- Indian cottage cheese that can be made at home 
or store-bought.  Fried paneer is also available at some 
grocery stores. If it is in a bar, cut the bar into small
cubes as shown in the picture.
1    Cup 1 cup frozen thawed peas
Salt to taste
2    TBsp Oil
3    Medium Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Cashews/Almonds
1    Tsp Ginger Paste
1    Tsp Green Chili Paste
1    TBsp Coriander Seeds
1    Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 Tsp Red Chili
1/4 Tsp Turmeric
1    Small Chopped Onion
2    Garlic Cloves
1/2 Cup Water
Fried Paneer

How To Prepare:

  1. Soak all the spices including cashews/almonds in a half cup of water for about half an hour. 
  2. You can add onion, ginger, garlic and tomatoes (omit if Jain Recipe) to spice and nut mixture. 
  3. Blend mixture in a blender and set aside. 
  4. In a skillet on medium heat, fry the paneer cubes until golden brown. 
  5. Take them out and set aside.
  6. In the same skillet, fry the spice, nut, onion, garlic and tomato mixture.
  7. Add peas and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add fried paneer and simmer for 5-10 minutes on medium-low heat.

Tips: It is a very good idea to make this recipe a couple of hours ahead so paneer can soak in some gravy until it settles.  I like to serve it with rice and warm tortillas.

Nutrition Facts based on original recipe.  
Jain version and substitutions will cause values to change.