Punjabi Paneer Mattar

Paneer mattar is a classic Punjabi party dish. For those who aren’t familiar with paneer, it’s a type of Indian cheese. Mild in taste but creamy in texture , paneer works well with really flavourful masalas as it absorbs all the aromas and seasonings of the spices. Paneer comes in two forms. If you make it at home it’s in a crumbles cottage cheese type consistecy (recipe here). If you get it from the store, it comes in block form. Today’s recipe uses the latter form. This dish is delicious and always goes down well at the The Spice Club. This recipe is dedicated to Matt Hall @codebeef who was our 600t follower on Twitter!

Serves 4

What we need:
5 tbsp olive oil
1 block of paneer (approx 250g), cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 tsp salt (or according to taste)
1 tbsp ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 green chilli, finely chopped
handful of fresh coriander, chopped
1/2 tin plum tomatoes
1/2 cup peas (if frozen, thaw in water and strain)

How we do:

  • In a non stick frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the cumin seeds. Once they begin sizzle, add the paneer cubes. Now add the salt and half of them amount of turmeric powder.
  • Lightly fry until paneer turns golden on both sides. Remove from heat.
  • In a food processer, add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Now add the salt, paprika,  turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala and half the amount of coriander. Blitz until a coarse paste has been formed
  • In a pan, heat the remaining olive oil.  Add some cumin seeds and allow them to start sizzling. Now add the ground masala paste. Cook on medium heat until golden brown stirring continuously.
  • When you see the masala paste is nice and golden, add the plum tomatoes and mash well so it blends with the masala. Keep stirring and cook for 4-5 minutes. Once the oil begins to separate from the masala, add the peas. Mix well and toss in the fried paneer.
  • Add water so it is just covering the vegetables and paneer and continue and bring to boil. Let it reduce to about half the amount. Check for salt and adjust accordingly.
  • Sprinkle in the fresh coriander and you’re done! Best served with hot, fresh chapatis.

Sesame Chilli Paneer with Stir Fry Vegetables

I’ve recently had a few readers ask about new paneer recipes. Being a fellow paneer lover,  I jumped on the challenge! So tonight, mamma and I got creative in the kitchen. What we ended up with, as the title clearly spells out for you, is a sesame chilli paneer dish mixed with stir fry vegetables.  When making the sauce, we experimented with diff quantities of each ingredient to make it just right. Try it out, let me know how it goes. As always, the recipe is customizable so you can add whatever vegetables you like.  Also, if you’re not the biggest fan of sesame seeds, leave it out! Cashews/almonds work  really well too 🙂

Serves 4

What we need:
250g cubed paneer
3 tbsp corn flour
4 garlic cloves, grated
1 big onion, sliced
2″ ginger, thinly sliced
1 big green pepper, cut into 1″ squares
10 chestnut mushrooms, quartered
2 cupfuls broccoli, thinly sliced
3 cupfuls cabbage, thinly sliced
5 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp chilli sauce
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
2 tbsp concentarted curry sauce paste
2 cups water
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
pinch of black pepper
5 tbsp sesame oil
2tbsp sesame seeds
handful peanuts

How we do:

  • In a bowl, add the paneer, 1 tbsp corn flour,  1 clove grated garlic, 1 tsp salt, paprika & pepper. Mix well.
  • Heat 1 tbsp sesame oil in a non stick pan. Add the paneer and scatter them in the pan so they separate. Brown them on one side and turn it over to cook the other side. Remove from pan.
  • In the same pan, on high heat, add the peanuts and dry roast them. Once browned, add the sesame seeds. Remove once golden. Keep your eyes  on the pan. They brown in 30 seconds!
  • In a bowl add the soy sauce, chilli sauce, sweet chilli sauce, curry paste (crumbled), 2 tbsp corn flour, water and 1 tsp salt.  Mix well.
  • In a wok, heat 4 tbsp sesame oil  on high heat. Add the garlic and ginger. Sautee them for 1 minute. Now add all the vegetables. Stir for 2-3 minutes. Now add the paneer.
  • Add 1/2 sauce prepared earlier and stir well. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the remaning sauce  whilst stirring the vegetables constantly over the course of 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the sauce has thickened and glaze all the vegetables, sprinkle the sesame seeds and peanuts on top.
  • Balle Balle! You’re done! Best served with boiled rice.

Paneer Masala


Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese which is so versatile. It can be baked, grilled, fried, sauteed, bbq’d…you get the point! Although it’s pretty mild in taste, it absorbs spices and flavours really well.Today’s recipe is simple to make and a great vegetarian alternative so check it out:

Serves 4

What we need:

5 tbsp olive oil
1 block of paneer (approx 250g), cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 tsp salt
1 tbsp grated ginger
3 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
1 green chilli
handful of fresh chopped coriander
1/2 tin plum tomatoes
1/2 cup peas (if frozen, thaw in water and strain)
5-6 mushrooms, quartered

How we do:

  • In a non stick frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds. Once they begin sizzle, add the paneer cubes. Now add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp turmeric powder.
  • Lightly fry until paneer turns golden on both sides. Remove from heat.
  • In a food processer, add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Now add 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1tsp garam masala and the coriandor. Process until finely ground.
  • In a pan, heat 4 tbsp oil. Then add the ground up masala. Cook on medium heat until golden brown.
  • Add 1/2 tin plum tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes. Once the oil begins to separate from the masala, add the peas. Then add the mushrooms and the paneer. Mix well.
  • Add water so it is just covering the vegetables and paneer.
  • Cook on high heat until it boils. Check for salt.
  • That’s it you’re done! Balle Balle! Best served with fresh chappati or basmati rice.