Matar Paneer with a twist

Ingredients:

1 lb frozen green peas

1 large onion roughly chopped

1/2 a tomato.

few mint leaves

1/2 cup cilantro packed.

2 cloves garlic finely chopped

2-3 green chillies finely chopped.

1 inch piece ginger

200 gms paneer

3 tblspoon oil

1 bayleaf

1 cinnamon stick

2-3 cardamom

2-3 cloves

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 bowl yogurt

Salt as per taste.

some milk (if required)

Method:

Cut the paneer in to small square pieces. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan/kadhai and fry the paneer till light brown.

With the remainder of the oil in the kadhai, cook the onions till they get a nice light brown color.

Add chopped green chillies and chopped garlic.

Then add the 1/2 tomato and cook it for a while.

Keep aside the mixture to cool it. Once it cools down, take the mixture in a mixer/food processor.

Add the cilantro, mint leaves. and grind it in to fine paste.

Now there will be some oil left in the kadhai, if not add some more as required.

Add the bayleaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom and cloves. let them fry for a min and the add the onion, mint, cinatro paste and cook it for 2-3 mins.Add salt as per taste.

You can boil the peas before or just microwave it for 3-4 mins and they will be cooked.

Add the peas to the paste and mix it well. Add the garam masala.

Now beat the yogurt in to a fine consistency and add it. Mix well. You can add some low fat milk. Adding mixture of yogurt and milk gives it a creamy texture. Its a more healthy option rather than adding cream itself.

You can add some water to it as per the consistency of the gravy you want.

There’s the mutter paneer with a small twist.
By Neha Sovani

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