Mutter Paneer

Mutter Paneer is a North Indian main dish that can be eaten with either steamed rice or any kind of Indian bread. Its name literally means “peas and paneer,” with paneer being an unaged, acid-set, non-melting curd cheese that is traditional to South Asian cuisine.

Ingredients (3-4 servings):

2 cups paneer (cubed)

2 cups peas (fresh or frozen)

2 cups water

1 1/4 cups fresh, chopped tomatoes (or 1 cup tomato sauce)

1 1/4 cups chopped onions

3 cloves garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)

1 tablespoon of either chopped ginger or ginger powder

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 tablespoons coriander powder

1 tablespoon curry powder

1/3 teaspoon chili powder

3 tablespoons oil (mustard, olive, canola, peanut, sunflower, sesame, or vegetable)

salt to taste (1/2 teaspoon suggested)

fresh, chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Directions:

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add chopped onions. When the onions become slightly browned add ginger and garlic, mix, and cook well. Then all all of the spices and cook before adding the chopped tomatoes. Cook the mixture until it has the consistency of a gravy. Then add peas and 2 cups of water. Let it boil and cook for 5 minutes. Add paneer cubes and cook for another 5 minutes.

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Serve with rice, chapati, naan, puri, paratha, or pita bread.

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