Mattar Paneer is a classic North Indian entree. You do have to plan ahead in case you prefer to make your own homemade paneer. Now that paneer is available for purchase, it is very easy to prepare Mattar Paneer. For a delicious vegan option, use firm tofu instead of the paneer.
1 lb block Paneer
1 lb. Fresh or Frozen Peas
1 large Onion, finely chopped
1/2 " piece fresh Ginger, grated
1 clove Garlic (optional)
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp ground Red Pepper (cayenne)
1 tsp Sea Salt, freshly ground black pepper
2 large Tomatoes, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
1 Tbsp oil/ghee
1tsp Garam Masala
4 Tbsp fresh Cilantro, chopped for garnish
Cut the paneer into small bite-sized cubes.
Heat a large skillet or wok.
Add oil, onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric and red pepper and freshly ground black pepper with the salt and cook until soft.
Stir in the tomatoes and bell pepper; cook stirring until tomatoes cook and form a sauce.
Stir in the paneer cubes and the peas; simmer gently for about 15 minutes.
Sprinkle the garam masala on top, remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes.
Garnish with the cilantro and serve hot with rice dishes, chapati, or other Indian breads such as naan. Enjoy!!