Feb 022012

yeah, i just turned the plate and it’s another photo for a new post. hahaaahaha!

Do you know i actually attempted making my own paneer at home?

I used 1 whole litre of full cream to make it but after all that straining, i was left with just 100+g? Ouch. It didn’t take long for me to decide to get the frozen ones at Mustafa. With that much amount of milk and the work involved, 100+ g of paneer is not worth it. I rather buy. But having said, the homemade ones were much tastier than the frozen ones. They were certainly creamier and softer apart from cheesier tasting. If you’ve got a lot of milk to spare, i don’t see why you shouldn’t try it. It was fun for me! ;)

My initial plan was to cook palak paneer, another curry dish which we ate at the airport. So scrumptious i tell you.

Alas, with just 1 hour left after cooking that Nihari Ghost, exhaustion and laziness got the better of me. Heh. I quickly riffled the cookbooks’ pages for the easiest paneer dish and in no less than 5 minutes, i singled this dish out. Not only because it was really easy to whip up but also, i’ve all the ingredients needed. :)

Matar Paneer

225g paneer
2 tbsp ghee
50g onion, chopped
150g fresh or frozen peas
1/2 tsp sugar
5cm piece ginger, grated
3 green chilies, finely chopped
1 spring onion (scallion), finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves


1. Heat the ghee in a heavy based frying pan over medium heat and carefully fry the paneer until golden on all sides. Remove.
2. Fry the onion lightly in the same ghee, until softened and lightly golden. Remove the onion from pan. Add 5 tbsp of hot water and a pinch of salt to the ghee. Simmer for a minute. Add the peas and sugar, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes, until the peas are almost cooked.
3. Add onion, paneer, ginger, chili and spring onion to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garam masala and cilantro leaves. Season with salt, to taste.

(adapted from a little taste of …. india)


So what happens to Palak Paneer?

Hmm, not sure yet, perhaps next makan session? But what i know is, i *will* attempt it. ;)

Note : because i’m no fan of that much of a green pea, i reduced the amount used for the above recipe. The original recipe calls for 200g.

  11 Responses to “Matar Paneer”

  1. Woohoo! Was gonna ask you for some recipes that use paneer since we have a frozen bag at home :) Me like the prawn one we had at your place!

  2. If Vijay sees this he’s going to ask when are you making it again so he can come over. BTW, he’s also jealous of our upcoming dinner ‘date’. How to handle the men ah? :D

  3. when you posted nihari ghost yesterday, i thought it was some kind of funky Japanese food. and to my surprise it was Indian food! to me paneer kind of resembles tofu. is it like some kind of cheese?

  4. I’ve been wanting to make paneer for quite some time now but having a couple of Indian providores 1 minute from my house delays it every time. So much easier to open a packet! Would love to try this dish now!

  5. I recently started making my own paneer, and it IS disappointing, that a whole gallon of milk yields a dinner’s-worth of paneer.
    ..but your mattar paneer looks absolutely delicious.

  6. yummm! I know! making cheese requires a lot of milk. haha

  7. MrsErgul : u can try this too. it’s easy and pretty good. love the spices in this dish. green chili can be quite spicy to my surprise.

    pickyin : hahahahaa! okayyy, if i cook this, i’ll ask u all over lah! EH, ask him along! anyway, the food will be too much for us to handle, like seriously.

    grub : heheheee.. they’ve got quite a handful of ‘funky’ food names actually. paneer is Indian cheese, very mild tasting. almost tofu (taukwa) like. the parents and helper called it Indian tofu. haha!

    john : yeah man, so very easy to just open a packet. but imo, one needs to try making paneer at least once, just for fun. ;)

    joyti : grin. i know right.. so very disappointing. but, hmm.. if i just need 200g or so, i’ll prob make my own. i have no freezer space for that 1kg packet. :P

    anh : YEAH! it makes me wonder why a kg of paneer is not that expensive actually.. LOL!

  8. I love indian food but so much work involved in preparation, so it’s getting it at restaurants for me:P I love this vegetable dish!

  9. i must be a few of the lucky guys with the cow that got to eat it! thanks!!

  10. Jeannie : YEAH!! But this one, a little less work.. so give it a try!

    k-man : heheheee.. my pleasure laahhhhhh. :)

  11. Ma Cherie…. Meleleh my air liur… Slurp
    Am eyeing your milk pot ;)

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