Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Malai Muttar Paneer / Creamy cottage cheese curry

Malai Muttar Paneer is a delicious dish from the Punjabi cuisine. Malai  means cream, muttar refers to green peas and paneer is Indian cottage cheese. This paneer dish is very rich and creamy and there are high chances that you get addicted to it. This is not a very complex recipe and is relatively easy to cook, but does not compromise on its quality and taste. When I learnt about this recipe I was just amazed how such simple recipe could taste so great.

Paneer- 200 gms
Peas- 1 cup
tomatoes( chopped)- 2 (medium size)
ginger- 1 inch (grated)
cabbage (chopped)- 1/4 cup
whole cashews- 10
broken cacshews- 5
blanched almonds- 5 (chopped)
raisins- 6-7
fresh cream/ whipping cream- 1 cup
milk- 1/2 cup
coriander powder- 1 tsp
cuminpowder- 1/2 tsp
red chilli powder- 1 tsp
garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)- 1 tbsp
cardamon powder- 1/4 tsp
hing/ asafotida- 1 pinch
butter- 2 tbsp
cilantro (coriander) leaves to garnish

Grate the paneer. Soak the whole cashews for half an hour. Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a pan. Add the chopped cabbage witha pinch of hing until golden brown and then add the chopped tomatoes and ginger and fry them until they become tender. Allow it to cool and grind them along with the soaked cashews into a fine paste. Now heat 1 tbsp of butter and add the broken cashews, blanched almonds, Kasoori methi and cardamom powder and fry them until golden brown. add the raisins, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and fry them for a minute in medium heat and then add the ground paste. Add required water so that the paste doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan and also to get a perfect gravy consistancy. Add green peas, grated paneer and salt and allow them to cook for 5 minutes. Then add milk and cream and cook for 5- 10 minutes. Remove from heat and granish with cilantro leaves.

Note: Malai paneer can be served as a main course with roti, naan, pulav for lunch and dinner. It is also party favourite.


  1. First time here..nice collection of recipes..

    malai paneer looks delicous.

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  2. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog...following u too dear....
    The dish looks so tempting and beautiful...

  3. Malai Paneer looks yummy and delicious....perfect with roti...
    First time her,,loved your recipe..glad to follow you......
    Take a peep at mine when time permits...


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