What is Matar Paneer?

Matar Paneer translates to "peas paneer" in Hindi, referring to a traditional dish in North India of peas and paneer (a type of soft Indian cheese) simmered in a spiced tomato sauce.

Some variations of the dish add dairy, like cream or yogurt, while others include additional vegetables, such as potatoes. Favorite Indian Restaurant version, for example, omitted dairy for a lighter, everyday meal, but if we had guests over, for a party or special occasion, we would dress it up with a bit of cream. Because of its mild spice flavor, Matar Paneer is often enjoyed by adults and kids alike.