I was definitely the crowd pleaser for this dish :), prepared this over the weekend for dinner. When I was done preparing, I was happy to see the outcome and was happier to know that I had prepared enough for next day’s lunch too and I was smiling to myself and thinking, well I can relax and watch a movie tomorrow!
Everyone started their dinner and was praising how nice mutter paneer has turned out, I was definitely feeling good. I finally finished my kitchen chores and came to have my dinner. I saw that I was hardly left with 2 scoops of mutter paneer. I definitely enjoyed my dinner but at the same time had to plan for next day’s lunch and cancel my movie plan 😦 .
Onions- medium size 2, chopped
Tomato- medium size 2, chopped
Peas- 1 cup, cooked
Paneer-18 to 20 cubes
Heavy cream/milk – ¼ cup
Roasted and coarsely ground cashew- 3 tbsp
Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
Cumin powder- 1 ½ tsp
Coriander powder-1 ½ tsp
Garam masala powder-1 ¼ tsp
Red chilli powder-2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1tsp
Coriander/cilantro- ¼ cup finely chopped
Oil- 2+2+1 tbsp
Salt- to taste
In a heavy bottom pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add chopped onions and fry for 2-3 minutes, then add ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell disappears (approx- 4 minutes). Add tomatoes and ¼ tsp of salt, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes more.
Add garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and mix well. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool for some time. Blend the mixture to a fine paste, meanwhile heat 2 tbsp of oil and add cumin seeds. Allow it to splutter and add the blended mixture. Let the mixture come to a boil. Add cooked peas, heavy cream or milk and cashew nut powder and adjust salt to your taste.
In another pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil and add the paneer cubes. Shallow fry the cubes until it turns golden brown on all sides. Remove from heat and add the fried cubes to the gravy and cook for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with cilantro/ coriander and serve hot with Jeera rice/ Roti/Naan or chapathi.