Mutter Paneer (Paneer with Peas)

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Serves 4


  • 227 g paneer cheese, cubed
  • 1 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 100 g frozen peas
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil, to shallow fry paneer
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil, for frying onions
  • 1 tsp. fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan .
  2. Add the cubed paneer to the frying pan and let it brown.
  3. Ensure you turn the paneer several times as it cooks as the paneer will spit due to its water content if you do not do so.
  4. Once the cheese has browned, place aside on a piece of kitchen towel.
  5. Now in the frying pan add the next tablespoon of oil. Add the onions and cook until they become golden.
  6. Next, add the ginger, garlic, chilli, cumin, garam masala, salt and turmeric.
  7. Fry for a further couple of minutes and add the tin of tomatoes.
  8. Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Then add the boiling water, paneer and peas and simmer for a further 5 minutes until the peas are cooked through.
  10. Serve with some fresh coriander.

Chefs Tips

  • Mutter paneer is a traditional Indian dish. “Paneer” is a Persian word for cheese and mutter is a Punjabi word for peas.
  • Paneer is high in protein which helps our bodies grow and repair
  • Paneer is also high in calcium for strong teeth and bones.
  • Peas are high in minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants which are essential for the optimal functioning of our cells and organs.
  • Paneer cheese is available widely in Indian food shops as well in most supermarkets in the cheese aisle.

Nutritional Value

(per serving)

Calories 438
Total Fat 26 gm
Saturated Fat 12 gm
Carbohydrates 13.2 gm
Fibre 4 gm
Protein 16 gm