Mutter Paneer

Mutter Paneer

Paneer is an ingredient common across South Asian cuisine. It has, for instance, played a role in Indian cuisine – notably North Indian – for centuries, despite Indian food being particularly prone to development and change. Mutter Paneer, paneer with peas, is perhaps the best known of all these dishes – especially in the West – and since it’s such a quintessentially Indian ingredient, it seemed offensive to ignore paneer any longer!

Paneer is essentially a fresh curd cheese made using milk, a food acid (usually lemon juice) and salt. Indeed, of all the many cheeses in this world paneer is probably the simplest – for more information on how to make paneer click here… Simple to make it may be, but paneer is also widely available in shops at a cheaper price than other cheeses.

Mutter Paneer

As you might imagine the flavour of paneer isn’t exactly robust; it foregoes any sort of ageing process and contains no rennet. Instead, its firm, meaty consistency and mild taste make it a satisfying and exemplary vehicle for flavour, perfect in this sort of dish. Enjoy!

Mutter Paneer

Serves 2-4


• 250g paneer, in large cubes

• 2 medium waxy potatoes, cubed

• 100g garden peas

• 1 onion, finely sliced

• 3-4 cardamom pods

• 3-4 pepper corns

• 2 cloves

• 1 tsp mustard seeds

• 1 tsp turmeric

• 1 tsp whole cumin, ground

• 1 tsp garam masala

• ½ tsp salt

• Oil or ghee


1. Heat the cardamom, mustard seeds, pepper corns an cloves in 3 tbsp of oil or ghee. Once you’ve released their fragrance add the onion and cook for 5-10 minutes over a medium heat. Meanwhile, begin to fry your cubes of paneer in a little oil, cook them until golden brown.


2. Add the turmeric and cumin to the onions, followed by a splash of water to create a masala. Add the potatoes and cook with a lid on until soft – you may need to keep adding water.

3. Stir in the peas, garam masala, salt and golden-brown paneer and serve alongside chapatis and yoghurt.

Mutter Paneer

Cost: As mentioned above, paneer is a relatively inexpensive ingredient. As such, this vegetarian option is a filling and cheap alternative to something like a chicken curry. Indeed, the entire dish should set you back no more than £2.50.


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42 comments on “Mutter Paneer

  1. Patch
    August 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Ooooooohhhhhhh one of my favourites, yummy, creamy, squeaky, cheeseyness. Barbecuing tonight but now I want curry!!!

  2. rimapir
    August 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    The result looks so yummy! I’m salivating! And yes, being an indian and a veggie – paneer is my favorite – chicken equivalent for veggies 🙂

    You could even add some finely chopped tomatoes and cook with onions for a bit of tang 🙂 top it with freshly squeezed lemon juice n coriander 🙂 the paneer looks delicious !!!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Exactly! That sounds lovely, though I do tend to really try and get down to some sort of traditionalist approach, as much as possible.

  3. Arthur in the Garden!
    August 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Love Mutter paneer!

  4. cookinginsens
    August 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Delicious pictures!

  5. Melinda Williams
    August 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I was just craving this yesterday! Now I have no choice but to make some. Thanks for the recipe! The pictures are awesome, too 🙂

  6. ivan30075
    August 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    That’s evening meal for Friday sorted…
    I have enough already in need of eating to deal with tonight and Thursday. It looks special and I’ll report back!

  7. VogueVegetarian
    August 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    This is my favorite Indian dish. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking for a good recipe for it. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  8. Chica Andaluza
    August 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I make this cheese often but serve it mediterranean style with olive oil etc…never thought of it as paneer, but of course it is! Lovely dish, looks so beautiful.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Fantastic! I shall have to try your method of preparation.

  9. Kate Olsson
    August 14, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    LOVE PANEER. Oh this dish looks right up my alley. Thanks for sharing, Mr. Feeding.. 🙂

  10. Angela
    August 15, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I had this for the first time courtesy my local Indian restaurant this past weekend-it was delish! Would be fun to make-thanks for the recipe!

  11. creationsbycathy
    August 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Got addicted to Indian food while living in London for a couple years. Mutter Paneer was always a fav, but I can no longer tolerate dairy. Thinking of maybe trying this recipe but subbing in tofu for the paneer…? Has anyone tried that; or any other suggestions?

    • frugalfeeding
      August 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      That’s a shame. Yes, I’m sure that would be lovely.

    • plummymummy
      September 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      You could try making paneer with buffalo milk (available from Waitrose) which Laverstock farm claim is more digestible than cow’s milk. I have used their buffalo milk to make indian sweets which are lovely.

  12. Yvonne @ bitter baker
    August 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I actually have all the ingredients I need to make this at home! (except for the paneer, that is, but that should be easily fixed 🙂 ) Looks super delicious, excited to try this recipe!

  13. Korena in the Kitchen
    August 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Yum, I love Indian food so much, and this looks great! I’ve always wanted to try making paneer from scratch, but maybe I should try something like this first so I know what I’m aiming for 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      August 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      I may pop up a ‘how to’ at some point. Yes, give it a go!

  14. Kate Abbott - Clifton Kitchen
    August 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    It all looks rather nice and I’m sure also tasted great. Nice recipe.

  15. taplatt
    August 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I love your Indian recipes and look forward to trying this one.

  16. pattyabr
    August 18, 2013 at 5:46 am

    pretty picture of your dish. nice photography

  17. Kate Olsson
    August 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Nice! Did you end up using ghee or oil, Frug? K

    • frugalfeeding
      August 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      I tend to use oil – I’m not allowed to use ghee… 😀

  18. Our Growing Paynes
    August 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    For some reason you haven’t been showing up in my feed and I’ve been missing a few good posts! I’ll have to give this one a go at some point.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      that’s a shame! Please let me know if you like it.

  19. Purely.. Kay
    August 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    The spices added tot his dish sounds absolutely amazing.

  20. Laurie
    September 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    One of my favorite dishes – Thanks for sharing your recipe and photos.

  21. plummymummy
    September 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Oooh I do love paneer and muttar paneer is one of my fave dishes. Also saag paneer (spinach) which I fool myself into thinking is healthy,

    • frugalfeeding
      September 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Heh – it’s deceptive! I’ll have to try making my own paneer and so a saag paneer in your honour!

      • plummymummy
        October 2, 2013 at 11:17 am

        I’ve done a post on how to make it. I’m sure you can manage as it’s dead simple. And then make some ras malai with the leftover paneer.

        • frugalfeeding
          October 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm

          I’ll definitely give it a go soon – actually, I can’t wait!

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