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Matar paneer is a gluten free, kid friendly Indian curry made with peas and paneer. If you are looking for easy 30 minute meal ideas then matar paneer is one of the simple paneer recipes for lunch or dinner. Check out how to make matar paneer in instant pot.
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Matar paneer is a very famous Indian curry made with peas and cottage cheese. It is a gluten-free and easy 30 minute meal recipe that can be made ahead of time. It can be served with Indian bread like naan, roti, puri, or rice.

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Matar paneer ingredients

Matar paneer requires very few basic ingredients (paneer being the main) and regular Indian spices. You can easily make paneer at home in the instant pot or use store-bought as well.

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How to make matar paneer?

Matar paneer is one of the easiest dishes that can be made from paneer. It can be made on the cook top or in the instant pot.

I prefer making matar paneer in the instant pot as it eliminates continuous monitoring.

How to make matar paneer curry in instant pot?

In order to make matar paneer in the instant pot first, select the 'Saute' mode on the 'Normal' setting. Once the pot is hot, add oil and saute chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, and chopped tomatoes at the end. Add the soaked cashews and spices (except garam masala and kasuri methi).

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Deglaze the pot by using some water and close the lid. Cancel 'saute' mode and select the high-pressure mode with pressure release valve in the sealing position.

Once done, perform a quick release by moving the release valve in the venting position until the silver pin drops. Use a hand blender directly in the instant pot container to make a smooth gravy.

Add some water, salt, garam masala, crushed kasuri methi, and turn the saute mode on. Add the peas and paneer and allow to simmer for a few minutes.

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How do you thicken paneer gravy?

Adding soaked cashews helps to thicken paneer gravy. Soaked and peeled almonds can also be used instead of cashews. Once the cashews or almonds are blended in the gravy, they give a thick consistency to the dish.

How to use paneer in curry?

Paneer can be fried or used as is in matar paneer curry. Depending on your preference, you can fry paneer in oil until it is golden brown and then use the paneer in curry. I personally prefer adding paneer without frying.

Matar paneer in a bowl

What to eat with matar paneer?

Matar paneer is usually served with Indian bread like naan, roti, kulcha or puri. It also goes well with plain rice or jeera rice (cumin rice).

Can matar paneer be made ahead?

For meal planning, matar paneer can be easily made ahead of time and stored. It can be refrigerated for 4-5 days or frozen upto a month. Simply reheat the curry in a skillet or in a microwave before serving.

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Instant Pot Matar Paneer

Matar paneer is a gluten free, kid friendly Indian curry made with peas and paneer. If you are looking for easy 30 minute meal ideas then matar paneer is one of the simple paneer recipes for lunch or dinner. Check out how to make matar paneer in instant pot.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Alpa Jain

Ingredients

  • 14 oz Paneer (cubed - 400 gm approx.)
  • 1 ½ cup Peas (Frozen)

Curry Ingredients

  • 1 cup Tomatoes (cubed)
  • 1 cup Onion (cubed)
  • 10 count Cashews (Raw and soaked in water)
  • ½ cup Water (more if needed)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp Oil

Spices

Instructions

  • Turn the instant pot on "saute" mode on normal setting
  • Once the instant pot is hot, add oil.
  • Once oil is hot, add onions and saute until translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and continue to saute for a few seconds
  • Add tomatoes, cashews and spices - turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder and saute it.
  • Add ¼ cup water and deglaze the bottom of the pot with a spatula.
  • Cancel saute mode, close the lid and turn the pressure cook mode or manual mode on high setting for 5 minutes with 'release valve' in sealing position.
  • Once done, perform a quick release by moving the valve in venting position until the silver pin drops.
  • Blend using a hand blender into a smooth paste.
  • Add remaining water, salt and garam masala and mix it well.
  • Turn the saute mode on and add the cubed paneer, defrosted frozen peas and crushed kasuri methi.
  • Mix gently and allow to simmer for 5 minutes
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Matar Paneer
Amount per Serving
Calories
262
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
44
mg
15
%
Sodium
 
220
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
214
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
12
g
24
%
Vitamin A
 
539
IU
11
%
Vitamin C
 
20
mg
24
%
Calcium
 
343
mg
34
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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