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Better Than The Freezer Aisle: Copycat Amy’s Mattar Paneer

Copycat Amy’s Mattar Paneer

You asked, and we listened!  One of the most requested reader “Better Than The Freezer Aisle” recipe do overs was for the Indian Inspired Mattar Paneer.

Finding a flavor filled Vegetarian meal from the freezer aisle can be a daunting task.  And even more so is one that contains real ingredients and doesn’t break your lunch budget.  And even though Amy’s Mattar Paneer is made with mainly organic ingredients, there are still a few questionable ingredients not to mention the sodium.

Recreating this delicious dish from fresh ingredients is simple.  Not surprisingly, the ingredients to make this meal homemade cost less than half compared to purchasing its frozen counterpart.


Lisa @ Onceamonthmeals.com


  • 4 onions, halved
  • 4 teaspoons garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 2 ounces diced green chiles
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 whole tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 0.25 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 ounces peas, frozen
  • 16 ounces paneer, cut into 1″ cubes


In a food processor, blend the onions, garlic, ginger and green chiles. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the blended ingredients. In the food processor, add tomatoes and blend. Add tomatoes to the skillet and continue to cook for 15 minutes. Add tumeric, garam masala, chili powder, salt, water and peas. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add paneer cubes and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

Freezing Directions:

Prepare as per above directions. Allow to cool completely. Divide between quart freezer bags, label and freeze. TO SERVE: Thaw. Reheat in microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Servings:  4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

8 Responses to “Better Than The Freezer Aisle: Copycat Amy’s Mattar Paneer”

  1. CS says:

    Where can you buy paneer?

  2. Yralda says:

    Just made this. It’s very good. Thanks for posting. I’m not afraid to try different country’s foods but I’m intimidated by Indian Cuisine (That’s why I cut the recipe ih half. LOL). I’ve had the frozen kind and think that this recipe is so much better. I didnt have green chiles soI used pickled jalapenos from a can. I only used two jalapenos because I didnt know how the spice was going to be. I found Paneer at Whole Foods right by the tofu. I served it over Jasmine rice. Delish.

  3. shemariah says:

    Where do you find garam masala

  4. Noreen says:

    Looks like a great recipe, but I’m confused about the 1st ingredient? 4 halves onions, halved? Does that mean 2 onions quartered or 4 onions cut in half?

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