Recipes: No Onion No Garlic Matar Paneer

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Another recipe I made during the nine days of Navratri when I do not use either onions or garlic in my cooking. Again I replaced onions and garlic with a cashew and sesame paste and we did not miss the onions at all. This was a very quick recipe and I made it in less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

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No Onion, No Garlic Matar Paneer

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen paneer, refreshed in hot water for 15 minutes and then drained. Keep the water for the gravy
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 8-10 cashew nuts, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seed powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 3-4 tbsps beaten yoghurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsps oil
  • Coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

  • Blend together the cashew nuts and sesame seeds into a fine paste and keep aside.
  • In the same blender, chop the tomatoes and blend well till it becomes a fine puree and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil and when warm, add the cumin seeds. When it starts to splutter, add the cashew nut, sesame paste and let it fry for a minute. Then add the tomato puree and let it fry for a minute.
  • Now add all the dry spices – turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt and garam masala and stir well. Add a bit of water if needed and let the masala fry well till the oil starts to come out and it becomes a bit dry.
  • Now add around 1 cup of water (here, add the water used to soak the paneer and the cashew nuts) and let it come to a rolling boil.
  • When it starts to boil, add the frozen peas and let it continue to boil and cook. The peas should be cooked in around 5-7 minutes and at this point add the paneer.
  • Let it cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Check for salt and seasoning and add as required.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or any rotis.

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