Creamy Matar Paneer Recipe restaurant style made with roasted paneer. The creamy tomato sauce is made with fresh tomatoes and authentic spices making this the best matar paneer recipe you have ever tasted!

I have a litmus test of sorts for Indian Restaurants.

My favorite dish to order is Paneer makhani.  Paneer makhani is a calorie heavy recipe which makes it soooo good to eat.

Paneer makhani with a soft, fluffy naan! {insert drool emoji here}

That’s the best meal ever made.

Overhead view of a thick, creamy tomato sauce with roasted paneer and peas - Matar Paneer

Matar paneer is similar to paneer makhani with only 1 difference.  Matar paneer has peas whereas paneer makhani doesn’t have any.

What is Matar Paneer?

Matar, translated, means peas.  This recipe is basically peas and paneer.  Its one of the simplest ingredients to use in any recipe which is why I love the taste.

Paneer is basically separated milk that is set weighted down to form cubes.  I am making it sound harder to make, but, it couldn’t be simpler.

I have a post where you can make paneer at home where I walk you through the whole process.  It needs just 2 ingredients: Lemon and Full Fat milk

Once the milk is separated, weigh down the fluffy portion.

That’s it!

Easy enough to make right?

Trust me, homemade paneer makes the recipe taste so much better.  The paneer will practically melt in your mouth.

Closeup view of a thick, creamy tomato sauce with roasted paneer and peas - Matar Paneer

What do you serve with Matar Paneer?

Ah, the possibilities are endless.

Sure, there is the traditional way of serving them with basmati rice and naan.

But, I like to serve it with roti.  If you don’t know what is roti, it basically a very thin tortilla.  It tastes soooo good with matar paneer and paneer makhani.

I tried something different the other day.  I served it in hollowed out bread, like they serve soup.  Instead of a spoon, I used naan pieces and it turned out to be very delicious.

How would you serve Matar Paneer?

How to make Matar Paneer Restaurant Style

Overhead view of a thick, creamy tomato sauce with roasted paneer and peas

Matar Paneer Recipe

Restaurant style Matar Paneer recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 cups
Calories 420 kcal



  • Chop the onions finely
  • Chop the garlic finely.
  • If the peas are too frozen, microwave them for about 15 seconds
  • Heat a medium pan on medium heat
  • Add 1 tsp of oil
  • Add the paneer cubes and make sure they are roasted on both sides.
  • Remove the paneer and set aside
  • In the same pan, add the remaining oil and the mustard seeds
  • Wait for the mustard seeds to start popping
  • Add the cumin seeds and the garlic
  • Allow the garlic to brown a little
  • Add the onions and allow to caramelize
  • Add the cayenne pepper and turmeric powder to the onions
  • Add the tomato mixture
  • Cook until some of the water has dissipated
  • Add the salt, peas and any other remaining spices
  • Cook for 3 minutes before adding water
  • Add the heavy cream and stir well
  • Add the roasted paneer and stir.
  • Simmer for about 10 minutes on low before serving

Serve the matar paneer hot with Naan and / Or Rice


    If you have a cooking torch, this would be perfect for it. Use the torch to roast the paneer on all sides


    Serving: 2gCalories: 420kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 11gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1527mgPotassium: 906mgFiber: 9gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 3780IUVitamin C: 75.2mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 4.2mg
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    1. mouthwatering recipes luv tha recpie try this at home soon. thanks for sharing recipe..
      chaats and more recipes

    2. This sounds yummy–especially with a grill cheese sandwich. Perfect for a cold winter’s day.
      I really like the touch of ginger in the recipe. I use to use the powder ginger all the time, but I have found switching to fresh ginger and using a rasp makes such a big difference.

      This would work good using a stick blender.

      Thanks for sharing.


      1. Thank you very much Peter. It is fun to make and very easy. I am always happy to hear other bloggers getting inspiration from my work. Likewise, I get inspiration from you. Your Gluten-free Grilled cheese sandwich is a must try.

    3. Yes, there are many times I’ve been inspired by my fellow foodies. Some of us love the same food and then you see a recipe that puts a different twist on it and Wow!, why didn’t I think of that. Your matar paneer looks marvelous! I will pin this for later.

      1. Thank you Sylvia. Glad to hear that I am not the only one who is inspired by other foodies. Wow! is correct. I say that a thousand times a day. Everytime I visit a food blogger’s site, I always say that. You are kind for liking my recipes. 🙂