Make restaurant-quality Indian peas and paneer or Matar Paneer in your Instant Pot or Pressure cooker. This is a classic Indian Vegetarian recipe you can make at home in minutes. This Punjabi Style Matar Paneer tastes like dhaba Matar paneer but is ready in about 30 minutes in your Instant Pot or Pressure cooker.
Traditionally Matar Paneer is made by sautéing the onion/tomato mixture for what feels like forever. But I’m lazy/efficient so I let the pressure cooker do all the work for me. It seems odd to just throw veggies in there and walk away–but welcome to cooking Urvashi style.
For this recipe, you can either buy the paneer ready-made at Indian grocery stores where it is typically in the frozen section, or you can make it yourself using this very easy pressure cooker paneer recipe. At the grocery store, they sell the paneer either plain or fried.
Honestly, they both taste good and I often can’t tell the difference once it has been incorporated into this Matar Paneer recipe, so I suggest you get either of them–or do what I do, which is to get one of each type. Just in case.
Just in case what–that I don’t know. But I always get one each 😀
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING INSTANT POT INDIAN MATAR PANEER PEAS AND PANEER RECIPE
You will notice that I add water to this recipe in two stages and there are a few reasons I do it that way.
- You want the vegetables to cook in minimal water to facilitate as much of a Maillard reaction as possible.
- I often use this technique of water in two stages even when I’m making soups. The more water you have, the longer the pressure cooker takes to come to pressure. By using only the water needed to cook, and adding the rest later, I reduce my overall cooking time. So clearly we have #ruthlessefficiency coming into play here.
- Vegetables & meat vary a lot with respect to how much water they contain. I find you get much better results by adding water later to control the final consistency. This yields much better results than sautéing after something is cooked to reduce water, as you tend to overcook your ingredients that way.
EQUIPMENT YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE INSTANT POT PRESSURE COOKER INDIAN MATAR PANEER
- Instant Pot Mini or Instant pot 6 quarts, or Instant Pot 8 Quarts
- Measuring Cups
- My favorite Cutting Board
- Good set of Kitchen Knives
- Pull chopper to finely dice the vegetables
- Coffee grinder to make the garam masala
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- 1/2 cup water
- 12 oz peas
- 1 cup chopped paneer or firm tofu if dairy-free
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream Or full-fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup Cilantro or parlsey
- For this recipe, the most important thing is to mince the onions and tomatoes relatively finely. You don't want to purée them, but you don't want large chunks. I used my Kuhn Rikon Pull chopper to get small, even pieces.
- Add all the ingredients listed under Pressure cooking to the inner liner of your Instant Pot and mix well.
- Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes, and allow it to rest undisturbed for 5 minutes. Then release all remaining pressure.
Turn your pot on Sauté. Add remaining 1/2 cup of water now. (Please read the post to understand why the two stage water additions).
Add the remaining ingredients and allow them to heat through, stirring occasionally, for about 5-8 minutes.
- Although I have provided nutritional information, I don't entirely trust it as it will depend a lot on the type of paneer you use. Please calculate macros based on your final ingredients.
- This recipe was made in a Mini and a 6-quart duo. If you use an 8-quart, either double the recipe or add an extra 1/4 cup water to the pressure cooking cycle.
- If you want to add other vegetables, they need to either be veggies that will cook on Sauté (such as corn), vegetables that need 5 minutes of pressure cooking time, or vegetables you cook PIP in five minutes (such as cauliflower florets)
I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information is provided a courtesy, and can vary depending on the exact ingredients you use.