Importing from Delhi…Easy and Simple Matar Paneer

Rajma Chawal, Kadi Chawal, Matar Paneer, Chole ,Gobi ke Parathe, Muli ka salad and……. Well favourite food of many I guess. Particularly in Delhi if not anywhere else! And believe me not a single item mentioned here will be ever desired longingly by a food loving girl who is from the eastern side of the country and has spent her many years in southern India!

But as they say way to a man’s heart is through his stomach 😉 so here I go again to try and make my best of Rajma Chawal…Awaiting impatiently on the table is my patient husband… who is longing to revisit his memories of the busy lane in Delhi that serves the authentic Rajma Chawal (Rs. 25/a plate in 2004) with onion salad decorated on the side!

I enthusiastically slog in the kitchen and come out with 2 decorated plates for our dinner….well within 2 minutes I realise that THIS rajma chawal is not the DELHI wala rajma chawal!! Of course how can it be when it is cooked in London and also by an ignorant girl who has never in her 25 years tasted rajma chawal!! ( I am more of a fish person , so my recipes are more like the Salmon Curry)

Disappointed we finish the meals , while he sleeps and maybe dreams of quickly getting back to his street filled with Delhi foods; I decide to try and make a replica of the dishes he used to eat back home!! ( I tell you it’s never easy to be a good wife :P)

 So the next day its Matar Paneer…Wait, Its certainly not another disaster, as its imported straight from Delhi. And not just from Delhi from his own home…and what better complement can a wife get from her husband – “ Its perfect, just like my mom cooks” 😉 and all thanks to no one but my Mom-in-law who shared her simple recipe that she has been making for him for years!

Cant guarantee if this is Delhi or not or will satisfy your taste buds or not, but this certainly made me a star (for a day)!

So here it goes authentic home style Matar paneer…. (don’t worry Rajma Recipe will follow soon, but only after he manages to replicate one of my dishes !!)


Easy Quick Matar Paneer

(Indian cottage cheese and green peas)

Serves 2-3

Initial Gravy and Peas


1)      Make a smooth paste in a blender: 1 small onion, 1 and half large tomatoes , 1 inch ginger,3 garlic cloves, 1 green chilli (optional if you like your food hot)

2)      In a pressure cooker (I used future) add 1 tbsp. oil

3)      When oil is hot add few cumin seeds

4)       Then add the paste made above and sauté till oil separates from the mixture. Would take about 7-8 minutes.

1)      Add ½ teaspoon Coriander powder, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon chilli powder,1 heaped teaspoon of dry mango powder (amchoor powder) and Salt to taste

2)      Sauté for another 1 minute

3)      Add 1 cup frozen green peas

4)      Mix well

5)      Add water (my husband likes it light so I add about 2-2 1/2 cups of water , If you want it thick add less water). I recommend add 2 cups for the exact taste

6)      Close cooker and simmer – cook for about 8 minutes

(This is Futura timings; if you have other cookers please wait for 2 whistles. If you don’t have a cooker, make this in a pan with tight lid and keep for 20 minutes in low flame.)


Prepare Paneer (cheese)

  1. While the peas are cooking , prepare paneer
  2. Cut paneer into small cubes about  1 cm thick
  3. Optional step for added taste and colour : put one teaspoon oil on a hot gridle/pan and grill paneer cubes for 1-2 minutes
  4. Make sure to rotate on all sides

Final Touches

7)      Open cooker

8)      On a medium flame:

9)      Add paneer cubes (the raw ones/grilled ones)

10)   Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala (optional) and sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves on top

11)   Boil for 30 sec. and remove from heat.

12)   Let it rest for about 20-30 minutes before serving. (this will help the gravy to be soaked by paneer)

13)   Serve with Rice, Roti or Nan

Enjoy !

One Response to “Importing from Delhi…Easy and Simple Matar Paneer”
  1. amitgirdhar says:

    Chak de phatte! yummy matter paneer banaya 🙂

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