Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Matar Paneer (Indian Cheese with Green Peas)

This is a recipe for bulk cooking and yields about 3 half size aluminum foil trays.


56 oz paneer
4 lb frozen green peas
5 cups tomato puree
6 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
3/4 cup dry kasoori methi
1 1/2 tsp hing (asafoetida)
3 tsp heaped red chili powder
1 1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
4 1/2 tsp coriander powder
3 tsp garam masala powder
3-4 tsp sugar
salt to taste
3/4 cup half and half

How it's made:

Cut paneer into cubes and saute them in a skillet with a few tsp of oil until light brown. Set aside.
Cook frozen green peas with a few tsp of salt. Set aside.
Divide all the ingredients in 3 parts and cook in 3 batches.
In a heavy bottom pan, add oil. When hot but not smoking, add 2 tsp cumin seeds. When it changes color, add 1/4 cup kasoori methi and 1/2 tsp hing. Fry for 30 seconds, then add chili powder and turmeric. Add approximately 1 1/2 cups of tomato puree. Stir well, cover and cook for 2-3 mins. To it, add 1/3 of green peas and paneer. Stir gently together making sure paneer cubes do not break. Add sugar and salt to taste.
Add garam masala and 1/4 cup half and half. Boil for a minute. Serve hot with roti/jeera rice/white rice.

Serves: approximately 60-70 people

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