Mateer Paneer-Green Peas and Cheese in Fragrant Tomato Sauce

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4 tb ; Finely chopped fresh
1 10-oz package frozen spinach
1/4 ts Methi; see note in text
2 c ; Finely chopped or pureed
1 Jalepeno; finely chopped
2 ts Garam masala; or more to taste
2 c onions; Finely chopped
1 1/2 c tomatoes; Canned, with their juice
1/4 c Cream; (scant)
1 ts garlic; Finely chopped
1 ts Paprika
1 Recipe Paneer (Indian)
9 tb Usli ghee; or clarified butter
2 ts Ground coriander
1/2 ts Ground cumin
1 1/2 c fresh green peas; Shelled OR
2 tb ginger root; Finely chopped
1/4 ts red cayenne pepper & black pepper; each
2 ts Kosher salt
1 ts Turmeric

Original recipe makes 4



1. Spread paneer pieces on a piece of waxed paper & allow to dry slightly for 1/2 hour. 2. Heat 3 T. of the ghee or clarified butter over medium heat in a large heavy-bottomed pan, preferably one with a non-stick interior. When the ghee is hot, add cheese pieces. Keep a lid or splatter screen handy as the moisture in the cheese may be released explosively, causing tiny particles of cheese to fly all over. Dusting the pieces with a little flour prevents splattering. Fry the cheese, turning & tossing often to prevent sticking & burning, until lightly seared (about 5 minutes). Transfer pieces to a bowl. Fry in batches so that there is ample room for turning them without fear of breaking. 3. Add the remaining 6 T. ghee or clarified butter to the pan & increase heat to high. Add onions to pan & fry until they turn light brown, about 5 minutes. Stir constantly so that they do not burn. Add garlic & ginger & fry for an additional 2 minutes. Add ground coriander, turmeric, cumin, methi (methi = dried fenugreek leaves, available at any Indian market, you can easily omit if not available - Holly) red & black pepper & paprika, all at once. Stir rapidly for a moment & immediately add tomatoes & jalapeno. Cook until the mixture thickens to a pulpy sauce & the fat begins to separate (about 10 minutes), stirring often. 4. Add 2 1/4 cups hot water and bring sauce to boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook the sauce, covered, for 20 minutes. Cool sauce briefly. Then puree it in a blender or food processor, leaving the sauce a little coarse so it has a certain texture. 5. Return sauce to pan. Add peas, salt, and fried cheese and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, until peas are cooked through (about 15 minutes for fresh and 5 (or less) for frozen). Turn off heat & add the scant 1/4 C. cream and let the dish rest, covered, for an hour before serving. When ready to serve, heat thoroughly. Fold in garam masala & chooped coriander leaves. Check for salt, & serve. ( I usually add the listed amount of garam masala with the cream & then add more when reheating....and Ive found I do generally need to add more salt). Julies Note: This dish tastes best if made a couple of hours before serving...and may be refrigerated for up to 3 days without loss of flavor. To reheat, simmer gently until heated through. Holly thinks best if made a full day ahead, if possible. Just dont add the garam masala (or extra garam masala, using my method) and cilantro until right before serving. Serve with basmati rice. Recipe by Julie Sahni (Classic Indian Cooking), somewhat modifed by Holly Butman. Serves 6 per Julie, I say serves 4 at best, people tend to go wild for this. If you add other entrees/sides, _then_ you can easily serve 6-8 hungry people. NOTES : Formatted by Holly Butman Recipe by: Julie Sahni/Holly Butman Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #811 by Holly Butman on Sep 27, 1997

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Most delicious! My husband is Indian and very particular...he usually has "suggestions" on how to improve recipes I try out on him. But he LOVED this one and even asked me to make it for his Granny! Excellent recipe! The only thing I did differently is cooked the spices for about 5 minutes with the onion mixture before adding the really brings out a lovely flavour. If the mixture sticks to the pan just add a tablespoon of water.
diva1970 5y ago

sooo there are things missing from this recipe. it says 2c chopped or pureed but it doesnt tell you of what.. and then it says tomatoes with their and thats where it ends. tomatoes with their huh?
dermnurse58 5y ago

This came out so well, and as stated in the recipe, it tasted better the second day (I had to eat some after I made it--no self control).
jhaftel 7y ago

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