Matar Paneer (Peas and cheese)

1 cup dried peas, soaked in water
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tej patta (bay leaves)
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
2cm ginger
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbls coriander powder
1 tsp chilli powder
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 tbls tomato paste
1.5 tsp garam masala
300g paneer, diced
3 tbls mint leaves, chopped

Boil peas until tender – set aside.
Puree together onion, garlic and ginger.
Heat 3 tbls oil and sizzle cumin seeds and tej patta.
Add onion paste and fry until golden.
Add turmeric, coriander and chilli powder – stir.
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, garam masala and salt – cook until pulpy.
Add peas, paneer and 1 cup of pea water – simmer 10 minutes.
Add mint.

Inspired by Sharma Bhojna Bandar – Pathankot, Punjab


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