Matar paneer with purti sunlife refined sunflower oil

December 24, 2022

Matar Paneer Recipe


Matar paneer recipe is a popular Indian Curry dish made with green peas and Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) in a base of onions, tomatoes, cashews, spices and herbs. The recipe hails from the versatile Northern Indian cuisine that has many different (and delicious) variations. I’m sharing our family recipe of a flavorful and simple home-style mutter paneer that you are going to like.



  • – 1 cup (8 ounces) canned whole peeled tomatoes
  • – 3 tablespoons PURTI Sunlife Refined Sunflower oil
  • – 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and minced
  • – 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • – 1 small red onion, diced
  • – 2 whole cardamom pods
  • – 2 cloves whole
  • – 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • – 1/4 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • – 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • – 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • – 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • – 1 cup water, plus more if needed
  • – 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • – 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • – 3/4 cup (4 ounces) frozen peas
  • – 8 ounces paneer, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • – 1/2 teaspoon dried fenugreek
  • – 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped


Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4 servings


Preperation for Cooking


Step1 – Refrigerate the tomatoes: In a medium bowl, measure out 8 ounces of canned tomatoes and place in the fridge. Save any extra canned liquid for another use.

Step2 – Sauté the aromatics: In a medium Dutch oven or a large  skillet, over medium-low heat, add 1 tablespoon PURTI Sunlife Refined Sunflower oil, ginger, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the ginger and garlic are aromatic and lightly golden brown, about 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium, then add the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and golden brown, 6 to 7 minutes. The brown caramelization on the onions adds flavor here, so don’t be afraid to increase the heat if necessary.

Step3 – Blend the tomato onion into a puree: Turn the heat off and transfer the onion mixture to a blender carafe. Remove the tomatoes from the fridge and add them into the blender. Check that the mixture’s temperature is no warmer than lukewarm (otherwise, you will need to let it cool to room temperature for about an additional 5 minutes before blending). Blend on high for about 1 minute until the mixture is a thick, homogeneous puree.

Step4 – Make the sauce: Wipe the Dutch oven or skillet clean using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. Heat to medium and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of PURTI Sunlife Refined Sunflower oil, cardamom, and cloves. Once they begin to sizzle, stir in the pureed sauce, garam masala, chili powder, coriander, cumin, and salt. Cook, until the sauce thickens and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of water and maple syrup and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and let simmer, uncovered, on medium heat for an additional 5 minutes. The sauce should not appear watery and have a similar thickness to marinara sauce.

Step5 – Cook the peas and paneer: Add the peas and cook, until just warmed through, about 1 minute. Stir in the cream and paneer. Cook on low heat for 1 minute until the sauce resembles a deep orange color and the peas and paneer are distributed throughout the liquid.

Step6 – Finish dish and serve: Taste and season the sauce with additional salt as needed. Remove the whole cardamom and cloves if desired. Crush the dried fenugreek leaves with your hands as you sprinkle them into the pan. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with roti, naan, and/or rice.







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