May 3, 2008

Recipe - Mutter Paneer (Mutter tofu)

Sweet peas cooked with cottage cheese and spices


Paneer is very popular ingredient in Indian cuisine. I use tofu in place of paneer to speed up the cooking process. Tofu is the soybean curd, high in protein and calcium.

This is one of those dishes where protein and vegetable can be served in a single dish to feed the kids. My kids love mutter paneer, which is one of the reasons I make mutter tofu quiet often. One really can't tell the difference between tofu and paneer when cooked.


  • Sweet peas (frozen) - 3 cups
  • Paneer/Tofu - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 big (1 and 1/2 cup chopped)
  • Tomatoes - 2 medium (2 cups chopped)
  • Ginger - 1 tablespoon (minced)
  • Garlic - 1 teaspoon (minced)
  • Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1 and 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin - 1 teaspoon
  • Hing - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Cream/Milk - 3 tablespoons


Heat oil or butter in a skillet or pan. Add paneer/tofu and sautee them for 3 -5 minutes till paneer turn slight golden brown. If you are using tofu, tofu turns slight yellowish in color. Set the sauteed tofu aside.

Use the same oil to prepare the gravy/masala . Add chopped onions, ginger, garlic and cook till light slightly brown in color.

Add chopped tomatoes, ginger, minced garlic (3 pods optional), coriander powder and red chilli powder. Saute till tomatoes are well mashed.

Grind/blend the mixture (optional).

Add cumin seeds and hing, allow the seeds to splutter. Add sweet peas and sautee them for 4 - 5 minutes. Add onion and tomato seasoning and sauteed tofu/paneer.

Add 1 - 2 cups of water to bring it to desired consistency. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes till sweet peas is cooked. Or pressure cook it for 2 whistles.

After the pressure is released, add 3 tablespoons of cream/milk bring it mutter paneer to a boil and turn off the stove.

Garnish with cilantro, Serve hot with rice or roti.

Preparation time - 20 - 30minutes
# Servings 4 - 6

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