Thursday, 6 February 2014


         I tried this recipe after I tasted this at my friend Sangeeta’s place, I loved it very much and asked her the recipe for it…I make this when ever I get bored of the paneer butter masala,this is sure a nice variation from the usual cashew gravy! I wanted to blog this for long time and here it is. I love this with roti or even mild spiced pulavs / rice…
The recipe where my friend sangeeta referred was My Dhabha mutter paneer masala

Mutter paneer masala recipe

Prep Time10 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    |  Serves4


Paneer, cubed(frozen) 1 cup 
Peas, frozen 3/4 cup 
Tomatoes 2 nos. 
Curd 1/4 cup 
Green chillies 3 nos. 
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp 
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp 
Dhaniya powder 1 tsp 
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp 
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp 
Coriander leaves For garnishing 
Lemon juice 1 tsp 
Oil / Ghee 2 tblsp 
Salt As needed 

To Fry and grind to paste

Onion,sliced2 nos.
Cinnamon1 inch
Elachi/cardamom1 no.
cloves1 no.
Jeera/cumin seeds1 tsp
Pepper10 nos
Oil1 tsp


  1. Heat a pan with oil and add the cinnamon,elachi,cloves,pepper and lastly jeera,after jeera splutters,add onion and fry till golden brown. Add the chilli,coriander and turmeric powder .
  2. fry
  3. Just give it a fry,take care not to burn it.Let it cool and grind it along with little water to a smooth paste.
  4. fry,grind
  5. Microwave the peas for 2-3 minutes in high in a micorwave safe bowl. Stir in between for even cooking. Set aside.
  6. peas,microwave
  7. Boil water and add the frozen paneer,switch off the flame and keep covered till use. If you want you can shallow fry the paneer cubes until golden brown and again keep it immersed in hot water. Keeping immersed in hot water helps the paneer to stay soft. I usually dont fry the paneer,just add it to the boiling water and then add it to the gravy,which gives you a softer paneer. But this time I tried shallow frying.
  8. fry paneer
  9. Again heat the oil in the pan and add the green chillies and the ginger garlic paste,fry for a minute,then add the ground paste. Fry for a minute or two.
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  11. Add the chopped tomatoes and required salt. Fry till oil oozes out (4-5 minutes) in medium flame.
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  13. Add the cooked peas. Add the well beaten curd and mix well.
  14. add curd
  15. Add the paneer cubes and required water(1/2 cup), and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Add the garam masala powder.
  16. add paneer
  17. Lastly garnish with the coriander leaves and add the lemon juice after you put off the stove. Mix well.


  • Do not over fry the masala powders which will turn the gravy bitter.
  • adding lemon juice is very important,so donot skip it,otherwise you have to compromise on the taste!

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