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Mutter Paneer – no onion-garlic recipe

4.72 from 7 votes
Total: 30 minutes
Serves 4 PEOPLE

Mutter Paneer - no onion-garlic recipe

Another no onion no garlic meal tonight – Mutter Paneer – no onion-garlic recipe. Mutter paneer and that too without onion and garlic; Impossible – is what I heard from my folks at the dinner table. Without revealing much I served my dish tonight and it was all clean-plate. Well not really older one who is a not-so-pea-lover had lined his peas at the corner of the plate 😉 and rest all finished. Final verdict – “Nice played MOM!! It taste different though; but its tasty!!”


Well how can I tell them this secret that the base to this gravy is BOILED LAUKI PASTE 😉 . Lauki/bottle gourd mixed with tomato puree, cashew paste and curd formed a thick and creamy gravy to this traditional mutter paneer dish. No doubt onion and garlic gives a strong flavor and adds a different aroma to a dish but this gravy too was somewhat close to the actual dish. Very subtle but a distinctive flavor of peas and paneer. No one could tell the difference and above all bottle gourd being rich in nutrition not only added flavor but also added nutritional value to this recipe.


To boil the peas simply add peas along with 1 cup of water and pressure cook them for 3-4 whistles. Drain and cool. Do try out other no onion no garlic recipes.

Looking for Matar paneer recipe with onion and garlic – click here.

Mutter Paneer - no onion-garlic recipe

4.72 from 7 votes
Paneer cubes combined with boiled peas and fragrant spices make it a perfect no onion no garlic meal.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 PEOPLE



  • Assemble: all the ingredients. For boiled lauki paste see the link above.
  • Dice Paneer cubes and boil peas till they are soft and tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat and grease a griddle, spread out paneer cubes and cook till they are evenly brown from all the side. Remove and set aside.
  • In a pan heat oil and cumin seeds.When they start to sputter add tomato paste, boiled lauki paste, cashew paste and curd. Mix it well.
  • Stir in all the spices and mix.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes till the masala is all dried up and cooked thoroughly.
  • Add water and bring it to a boil. Depending on how thick you want your gravy to be add 1/4-1/2 cup of water.
  • Bring it to a boil.
  • Add in boiled peas.
  • Cover and allow it to simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • This is how the gravy will look like - well blended and thick.
  • Mix in Paneer cubes, cover and remove from the flames. Allow it to sit soaked in hot gravy for 5 minutes.
  • Adjust your seasonings and serve hot over boiled rice.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi

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  1. Montreal Fan says:

    Just made this today:) Never knew MATAR PANEER can be made without onion and garlic , so easy to follow and the dish was yumm. thank you for sharing the recipe:)

  2. Punita trivedi says:

    Great collection of no onion-g recipes. Tried them all, looking for more. Boiled lauki paste rocks. Never knew about it, learned something fresh and new from you Ruchi.You are my new Master Chef 😉

  3. Harisha says:

    Hi! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with me so I came to give it a look. Browsed around and came across your no onion no garlic section. Made this recipe for my Monday fast and was perfect. Thanks. I’m definitely loving the stepped photography. Outstanding blog and wonderful design and style.

  4. Amit says:

    You made it look so easy..esp. the illustrations helps.
    i’m going to try and see if I can please my wife

  5. Vanini says:

    I second your thought no after taste of boiled lauki and I had a thick gravy. Deliciously tasting and exactly like original. Thanks for sahring.

  6. Ruchi says:

    Hi Ruchi,

    I made this recipe for my grah pravesh puja and it was awesome. everyone loved it and so did I.

    didn’t know that lauki can be used for gravy 🙂

    thanks for the awesome recipe.


  7. merra says:

    Super I liked it

  8. Meha says:

    Great recipe! And what an amazing blog! 👍

  9. Nidhi Rawat says:

    What can be used other than boiled lauki ??

  10. Kshitij says:

    My wife is fasting today. I ll cook this recipe for her tonight 😀 Thanks Ruchi !

  11. Jammi says:

    what paste to use instead of lauki paste?