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Monday, 12 September 2011

Kadai Mutter Paneer (Cottage Cheese Side Dish)

(makes about 1-2 cups)
Ingredients -
Cottage Cheese / Paneer - 100 grams
Green Peas / Mutter - handful
Tomato - 1, finely chopped
Capsicum - 1, finely chopped
Cashew Nuts - 3-4
Green Chili - 2-3 finely chopped
Yogurt / Curd - 1 tablespoon
Coriander Powder - 2 teaspoons (Get coriander seeds, dry roast them & grind them into a fine powder)
Red Chili Powder - 3-4 teaspoons
Garam Masala Powder - 2 teaspoons
Dried Fenugreek Leaves / Kasoori Methi - 1 teaspoon
Coriander / Celery leaves - 1 tablespoon
Salt - as per taste (2-3 teaspoons)
Cooking Oil - 2 teaspoons

Method -
1. Marinating the Cottage Cheese / Paneer - Cut the paneer into cubes, and mix with 1 tablespoon yogurt/curd, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon red chili powder and let it rest for about 1-2 hours.
2. Boil the peas in microwave or on the stove, strain water & keep aside.
3. After 1-2 hours, heat 1 tsp oil on a pan. Add the green chili, half of the sliced onions, tomato & cashew nuts and stir till they start changing color.
4. Switch off the flame. Transfer the veggies to a blender, add 2 tsp garam masala, coriander powder / dhania powder, 1/2 tsp salt and blend until you get a smooth paste. (This forms the base your your gravy)
5. Again, heat 1 tsp oil, add the remaining cut onions & satué for 30 seconds & add the capsicum.
6. Add the gravy mixture from STEP 3 to the onion-capsicum and give it all a nice mix. Let it cook on medium-high flame for at least 5 minutes (or taste it regularly to ensure that you no longer get an un-cooked smell ☺). You can add around quarter - half a cup of water to it & let it boil.
Meanwhile - take half cup of warm water. Add the dried fenugreek leaves / kasoori methi & let it rest for 5 minutes.
7. Give the cottage cheese / paneer a good mix & transfer to the gravy cooking it on medium flame. It has to cook for around 2-3 minutes. Add the boiled peas, dried fenugreek / kasoori methi to it & let it boil.
Transfer to a bowl & serve with Roti (Tortilla) or Paratha or Rice or anything you like!


  1. I love paneer anytime and kids will make a grab for it the moment they see this.

  2. @Radhika - Ya, there is something special about Paneer! :) Me & MY brother fight most of the times to get the paneer & give the gravy to the other! ;)

  3. Makes me hungry,droolworthy dish..

  4. Yummy and tempting clicks..delicious paneer recipe.

  5. Paneer in any form is my weakness the curry looks truly tempting!

  6. Whoa! Looks and sounds amazing! Will make this for sure!!

  7. Thanks so much everybody! :)

  8. Hi Kavi, I've tried this recipe twice and I'd like to add something:
    Allow the tomatoes after step 2 to cool down considerably before adding them to the mixer otherwise it can get risky and messy and explode-y :P

    Also, in the end, if it tastes a little tangy, you can add a little bit of sugar. Tastes good. :)


Thanks for the feedback! :-)

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