Mutter Paneer Recipe | Matar Paneer Recipe With Tomato Biryani Recipe

>>  Sunday, November 27, 2011

Somehow tomato pulaos always reminds me of my childhood days. Amma makes the best tomato pulao and I have learnt it from her. This tomato pulao is a must in the menu when my sis in laws visit us. They like it so very much and always look forward to it. I normally make the tomato pulao with cauliflower subji. This time it was a different combination and this also went very well.

We make both Tomato Pulao and Mutter paneer in a different method. This is second method of making. I adapted the Mutter Paneer from Sanjeev Kapoor. This is a simple gravy dish that makes a great side dish for biryanis.

Looking at the tomato biryani, I was reminded of my childhood days when Amma used to add fried bread pieces on the top. Somehow that takes it to the next level. When you take a bite of those fried bread with the delicious biryani, it's sublime! You must try this combination to enjoy on a weekend.

With the rains that's pouring insistently in our place, this makes a great meal!

Tomato Biryani

Ingredients Needed:

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Onions - 3, julienne
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 1", 2
Cardamon - 2 nos
Bay leaves - 2 pieces
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green Chilli paste - 1 tsp
Tomatoes,  puree - 2 big
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Mint leaves - a handful (chopped)
Coriander leaves - a handful (chopped)
Oil - 4 tbsp
Butter - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 1 & 1/2 cups

Bread slices - 4, cut into squares roasted Ghee - 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves

How to make Tomato Biryani

Trim and cut the bread into square pieces. Heat a pan with the ghee and roast the bread. Keep it aside.

Wash and soak rice for 15 mins. Once done, drain the rice and keep it aside.

In a pressure cooker, heat oil, add the whole spices, saute for couple of mins. Then add the onion julienne, saute till they turn translucent. Then add ginger garlic paste, chilli paste, saute till the pastes till it's cooked. This takes about 2- 3 mins. Add the mint and coriander leaves.

Then add the tomato puree, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt, fry for 5 mins. Then add the rice and saute gently, once done, add water and pressure cook for 2 -3 whistles.

Once the pressure falls down, add the butter and chopped coriander leaves and garnish with roasted bread pieces.

Mutter Paneer Recipe | Matar Paneer

Ingredients Needed:

Paneer - 250 gms
Fresh green peas - 250 gms
Ghee 2 tablespoons + to deep fry
Onions -  2 large
Ginger 1 inch piece
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

How to make Mutter Paneer

Cut the paneer into cubes. Heat sufficient ghee in a kadai and deep-fry till light brown. Remove and keep it aside.

Chop onions and ginger finely.

Use the same kadai with ghee, add chopped onions and ginger. Sauté till lightly browned.

Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and peas and cook, adding a little water, till the peas are tender and a little gravy remains.

When the gravy is cooked, add the fried paneer, garam masala powder and simmer for five minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves, remove.

Serve hot with tomato biryani.

I took this picture that reminded me so much of my childhood times, when amma would always garnish the biryanis with fried bread pieces.

Since the biryani is tomato base, the gravy went very well as it didn't have tomato in it.

I am sending this to Sreelu who is hosting “Vegetarian Thanks giving” for Healing foods, an event by Siri. Whether I celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I have always been thankful for the wonderful memories each meal reminds me, and the many folks who have shared their memories with me. 

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PJ November 27, 2011 at 6:18 PM  

My tummy is rumbling seeing those delicious clicks.Excellent combo...

veena krishnakumar November 27, 2011 at 6:33 PM  

Valli...this is so good. Love this...prob will cook for lunch tomoro

Priya November 27, 2011 at 7:40 PM  

Matar paneer looks super delicious and inviting.

Gayathri Kumar November 27, 2011 at 9:03 PM  

Very inviting combo...

Aarthi November 27, 2011 at 9:16 PM  

looks delicious

Amelia's De-ssert November 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

Look delicious and appetizing. yummy
I just had my biryani last night. :)

vidhas November 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM  

lovley combo. I love the fried bread pieces on the rice.

Reva November 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM  

That is one delicious combination to sooth tired nerves..:)
Very homely and comforting.. right for this cold season..

saffronstreaks November 27, 2011 at 11:01 PM  

matar paneer simply looks delcious and tomato biryani...thats new to me but I love the addition of bread croutons in it. sounds so good

PriyaVaasu November 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM  

Wonderful Combo!!!!

Spandana November 28, 2011 at 1:23 AM  

Delicious looking biryani and mattar paneer... love the combination..
Its so comforting to have when its so cold and windy like here :)

Nalini's Kitchen November 28, 2011 at 4:24 AM  

Lovely combo looks delicious and tempting.

vaishali sabnani November 28, 2011 at 7:18 AM  

this looks awsum...I too make a pulao with fried bread pieces...something really different...will share the recipe,u will love it..I like the mattar paneer flavors:)

Suma Gandlur November 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM  

Lovely platter!

Vandana Rajesh November 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM  

The biriyani and the paneer matar look so tempting. A great lunch indeed!!

Kaveri November 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM  

Matar paneer is my eternal favorite and it will surely be on the menu for small house parties...Like your version

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Kalyani November 28, 2011 at 2:24 PM  

healthy one.. just made a pulav for Sunday brunch last week with bread crumbs !

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hemalata November 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM  

Delicious recipe n mouthwatering presentation.

Pavani November 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

Such a yummy combo.. I've never tried tomato biryani, I usually make tomato rice--but this looks delicious.. Bookmarked.. Thanks for the recipe.

The Pumpkin Farm November 28, 2011 at 6:53 PM  

beautiful clicks and mouthwatering biryani platter

Vardhini November 28, 2011 at 11:33 PM  

Yummy rice and love the combo.

divya November 29, 2011 at 7:16 AM  

Yum yum,just drooling over that fabulous curry....

Cool Lassi(e) November 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

Way too tempting!

Like you I suddenly remembered that my mom used to make a pulao just with bread slices. That reminds me that I should call mom and ask her about it.

Priya's Feast November 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM  

Wow..The biryani luks very tempting ,valli...

rajani December 2, 2011 at 7:54 PM  

Love this! Especially the bread pieces.

anu January 5, 2012 at 11:28 PM  

Just wanted to confirm that you don't add any tomatoes to the Matar Panner?

Srivalli January 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM  

Hi Anu Yes in this dish I didn't add any tomatoes as it was paired with Tomato pulao, you can check out the other version that has tomato in harm if you want to add tomatoes for gravy, increase the chili though..:)

Jobless soul ( for now) April 3, 2012 at 2:23 AM  

Oh ok. Thanks. The picture of the matter Paneer looked like it had tomatoes.

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