6 September, 2016
Matar, Paneer and Potato Fry
Date – 29.8.2016
Today I bought the green peas after very long time. I like to eat fruits and vegetables when they are in season other time normally avoid them because at that time farmers use more pesticides. Anyway this matar, paneer and potato side dish I made first time and we all enjoyed eating it with hot plan paratha. You can even have it with hot chapati and puri. You can pack it for your kids lunch box I am sure they will love it. Try this different and simple side dish and share your feed back with us.
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
Recipe category – Side dish
Cuisine – North Indian
Serve – 2-3
Mesurement cup used 1 cup – 240 ml
Paneer – 200 g, cut into the cubes
Aloo / potato – 1, medium, cut into the cubes
Matar / green peas – ½ cup
Ginger – garlic (crushed or paste) – ½ tbsp
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Kasuri methi – 1 tsp
Cumin / jeera – ½ tsp
Mustard – ½ tsp
Oil – 1 ½ – 2 tbsp
Salt – as per taste
To make course powder
Whole red chili – 4-5
Dry coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Note – for more spicy add finely chopped green chilies
In a tava or kadai dry roast whole red chili and dry coriander seeds until they fragrant and change color.
Let them cool down compeletly and blend in course powder. Set aside.
Heat 1 tsp oil in kadai then add paneer cubes. Toss for few seconds and take them out and leave them hot water till we need them (hot water will keep paneer soft).
Pour some more oil or 1 ½ tbsp of oil. When oil is hot add cumin and mustard, allow them to crackle.
Add ginger and garlic, wait for 2-3 second (do not make them brown) then add potato and green peas.
Add salt and turmeric along with them. Mix well and cover it up with the lid. Cook until 3/4 done if needed sprinkle some water.
When the potato is 3/4 done then add course powder and garam masala. cook at simmer until potato gets cooked .
When the potato is cooked add paneer and kasuri methi, fry for a minute then turn off the flame. If you want add chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with hot chapati and paratha.
Dry roast coriander seeds and red chili until fragrant
Make course powder
Heat little oil or butter
When oil is super hot add paneer cubes
Toss it for few seconds then take it out and live it in hot water till we need them . Hot water will keep it soft.
Heat some more oil or butter
Add mustard and cumin, wati until they pop
Add ginger and garlic
Add potato and green peas
Add turmeric and salt, mix well
Cover it up with the lid and cook until 3/4 done if needed sprinkle some water
After 3/4 done
Add course powder and garam masala
Cook until potato gets tender and cooked
Finally add paneer cubes and kasuri methi
Mix very well and side dish is ready