simple paneer matar

Happy Halloween eve, Karma Eats friends!

It has not felt like Halloween weekend at all – there were two days of what felt like fall last weekend, and now we are back to the usual heat and humidity. Also, since I am in yoga teacher training for the next couple of months and have no social life during these weekends, I was having a little FOMO when I saw everyone’s Halloween costumes from various Halloween parties this weekend!

The good news is, I’ll be dressing up for our work Halloween costume contest tomorrow…pictures to follow (probably on Instagram – @karmaeats).

Because my weekends are now booked with the training, I’ve been relying on my quick one-pot meals more than ever. This is one that I made recently, and a couple of coworkers asked for the recipe as I was heating it up for lunch! I was almost embarrassed to share the recipe with them and I certainly was not planning on posting it since it is THAT simple. But since the recipe was in demand, I thought, why not?

Note: This recipe is completely my own random creation and may or may not be similar to a typical paneer matar recipe.

Paneer Matar (Paneer with Peas)


  • 1 can (12 oz) of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 bag of frozen peas 1/2 bag
  • 1/2 block of paneer, cubed
  • ½ tbsp chopped garlic
  • ½ tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp clarified butter (or real butter, or oil)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Salt/pepper to taste


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for a minute. Add the tomatoes, peas, and paneer. Season with the remaining spices and allow the mixture to boil for 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently. Serve with rice.

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