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Instant Pot Matar Paneer (Cottage Cheese and Peas Curry)

Matar Paneer or Mutter paneer masala recipe is a classic restaurant style vegetarian curry of Indian cottage cheese and peas cooked in a tomato-onion based sauce in an Instant Pot Pressure cooker.
Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian
Keyword matar paneer instant pot, mutter paneer masala, restaurant style
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 323kcal
Author Bhavana Patil

Ingredients

Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

Instructions

  • If you are using a store-bought paneer, soak them in warm water for 15-20 minutes before you start making this recipe. It will make the paneer soft.

Instant Pot Method:

  • Grind onion, ginger, garlic to a smooth paste without adding water and keep aside.
    step to make onion paste using blender collage
  • Also, blend the tomatoes separately and keep them aside. 
    Note I used ½ can of tomato puree (sauce) about 1 cup for this recipe.
  • Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil to the POT. Once POT is hot add bay leaves, cardamom, and cumin, let them sizzle.
  • Next, add ground onion paste. Saute for 4 mins until the onion paste turns light brown.
    step to saute cumin seeds and onion paste collage
  • Add the tomatoes puree, dry spices like turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder, salt to the instant pot and cook for another 2-3 mins.
    step to cook tomato paste with spices collage
  • Add the cubed paneer, frozen green peas, and water to the instant pot. Deglaze the pot if anything is stuck to the bottom.
    step to add paneer green peas and pressure cook collage
  • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 2 minutes.
    Once the pot beeps, Do a QUICK RELEASE(QR).
  • Then add garam masala powder, heavy or cashew cream, crushed dried fenugreek leaves, and mix well.
    mutter paneer in instant pot insert garnished with cream and cilantro
  • Garnish with cilantro. Mutter paneer is ready to serve.
    matar paneer served in a white bowl with lemon wedges and onion on the side

Stovetop Pot Method:

  • Grind onion, ginger, garlic to a smooth paste without adding water and keep aside.
  • Also, blend the tomatoes separately and keep them aside. Note: I used ½ can of tomato puree (sauce) about 1 cup for this recipe.
  • Heat oil in a pot. Once the oil is hot add bay leaves, cardamom, and cumin seeds. Let them sizzle.
  • Next, add ground onion paste. Saute for 3-4 mins until the onion paste turns light brown.
  • Add the tomatoes puree, dry spices like turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder, salt to the pot, and cook for another 2-3 mins.
  • Add the cubed paneer, frozen green peas, and water to the pot.
  • Close the lid and let it simmer for 6 to 7 minutes on medium heat. Then turn off the stove.
  • Then add garam masala powder, cashew cream, crushed Kasuri methi, and mix well. Lastly, garnish with cilantro. Mutter paneer is ready to serve.

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Notes

Tips & Variations :

  1. KETO: You can replace peas with bell pepper or just use paneer for the keto diet. You can also use almond paste or coconut cream or heavy cream instead of cashew cream. Also, use a moderate amount of onions and tomatoes for keto-adaptation.
  2. You can also add paneer after the pressure cooking cycle and simmer the curry for 1 minute if you prefer. 
  3. If you are using store-bought paneer, soak them in warm water for 15-20 minutes before you start making this recipe. It will make the paneer soft.
  4. You can also deep fry the paneer and add it to the curry.
  5. If you want to make Restaurant Style Matar Paneer recipe then add extra heavy cream in the end.
  6. You can also add some yogurt for a different taste variation.
 
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10.1g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 1211mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 3.5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 28.1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1.1mg