Paneer Matar – Food plating techniques.


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Paneer matar is a delicious combination of soft paneer and green peas in a silky tomato based gravy. An absolute treat to the taste buds!!

Paneer Matar

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
serves: 3-4

Paneer/Indian cottage cheese -150 grams
Fresh/frozen  peas – 1/2 cup
Onion – 1 cup chopped
Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
Tomatoes – 3 medium size
Cashew nuts – 8- 10 numbers

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder  -1 tsp
Salt to taste

Oil  – 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds – 3/4 tsp
Bay leaf – 1


Blanch the tomatoes, run under cold water and allow to cool. Remove the skin and puree it.

Soak cashew nuts in hot water for 15 minutes and then grind it to a paste adding less water.

Boil peas till soft. Cut paneer into cubes. Deep fry slightly into a slight brown colour and soak in water for 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan,  add cumin seeds, bay leaf, add finely chopped onions and sauté until light brown.

Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

Then add tomato puree and all the dry powder.

Cook on medium flame until tomatoes leaves out oil.

Add the cashew nut paste and sauté for a few more minutes until the raw flavour of the paste goes.

Add the cooked peas and paneer.

Let the paneer and peas get cooked well with the masala.

Adjust the consistency by adding required water.

Mattar Paneer is ready to serve with some garnish of fresh cream and coriander leaves




141 thoughts on “Paneer Matar – Food plating techniques.

  1. What a fabulous display of food as always Sumith… I’m definitely borrowing this one for our Xmas Day starter! I hope you’re having a brilliant week and aren’t too rushed off your feet to enjoy some ‘down time’ too! x

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    • I am honoured Loretta. Your are truly inspirational. Thinking of a banana flower next. If I could get one here in Manchester. Glasse’s are a great for for presentations😊


  2. Verrines- dishes served in glasses are very popular in France from starter to dessert you will often be given food beautifully presented in a glass but you have taken the art to another level …. this is stunning and gives me a great idea for dinner next week when we will be at home in FRance with friends at our table (in our area curry and indian food is a very new thing and considered the height of decadence!)

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    • Thank you Osyth for sharing this. From place to place style of serving food is different. Learnt something new from you. Hope you will enjoy with your friends with some Indian football and plate presentations. Making these types of curry’s are easy:) Thank you Osyth, enjoy cooking and plating!!

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      • I had brought some spices with me from the US because the standard is rather negligible in France (at least in the rural place I live) so I am certain they will all love the recipes (all yours) I intend to make for them …. football will be well received – France is a nation obsessed with the beautiful game!!!

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        • Osyth hope you will have a great time with your family. Add more spice to life in enjoying good food and cooking. I had a great friend from France here in Manchester. Ohh yes food ball will be well received for shure😊

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    • Thanks a lot Cornelia. In this culinary ocean let’s swim to explore more coasts of flavours😊 And so glad to have great food lovers like you. Let’s love the art of enjoying food!!


    • Thank you Radhika, it’s all only because of very inspirational people like you. And thanks a lot to WordPress for this platform. At my job these creative things were always a threat to my job. And in here you are free to show case any thing. More you do more you learn. And sharing is caring😊


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