Mattar Paneer Macaroni
Mattar in Hindi is green peas. Another soul filling and a very satisfying Sindhi Speciality. Before we go over to the main recipe we should make the Sindhi Garam Masala Powder. Matar Paneer Macaroni is best served with a Soup and a Cutlet.
Sindhi Garam Masala Powder
A very aromatic Masala powder. Can be used for Curries and dhals too.
Jeera ( cumin seeds ) – 1 cup
Saunf ( fennel seeds ) – 1/4 cup
Shah jeera – 1 tablespoon
Cinnamon – 5 very small pieces ( broken to small bits )
Cardamom – 9
Cloves – 10
Bay leaves ( broken ) – 5
Heat a pan. Fry all the above mentioned ingredients dry on sim flame till golden. Switch off the stove. Transfer to a plate. Cool. Powderin a mixie to a fine powder. Sieve. Transfer to an airtight container.
Mattar Paneer Macaroni
Good for lunch box. Filling at the same time light on the stomach.
Cooked Macaroni – 1 cup
Cooked green peas – 3/4 cup
Diced Paneer cubes – 1 cup
Finely chopped onion – 1/2 cup
Finely chopped garlic – 6 flakes
Finely chopped green chilli – 1
Finely chopped ginger – 1 teaspoon
Finely chopped tomatoes – 1 cup
Salt to taste
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Kashmiri chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
Sindhi Garam Masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Jeera powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Oil – 3 tablespoons
Jeera – 1 teaspoon
Finely chopped green coriander leaves – 1 table spoon
Heat a pan. Season all the seasoning ingredients. First add the chopped garlic. Once the garlic turns golden add the chopped onion. Add the turmeric powder. Sauté on sim flame till the onion turns transparent. Add the chopped ginger, green chillies, and chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on sim flame. Add salt to taste. Stir well. Add the sugar and all the dry spice powders. Sauté well. Add the cooked Macaroni and the green peas. Toss well. Leave it on simflame for 3 minutes. Then sauté and mix in the chopped green coriander leaves. Serve hot.
1. Drop the Paneer in a bowl of boiling hot water with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Cover and leave it aside.
2) Drain the Paneer and use.
3) By processing the Paneer like this it will not get spoilt. A very good dish for the lunch box.
4) Sieve the Sindhi Garam Masala Powder and then store.
5) Cook the tomatoes little mushy. It mixes well with the Macaroni.