Quick and Easy Indian Cottage Cheese and Pea Skillet

Quick and Easy Indian Cottage Cheese and Pea Skillet
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What Started it all:
Cottage Cheese, Pea, tea, skillet

Hey there! Today, we're whipping up a delicious and super easy Indian-inspired dish featuring cottage cheese (paneer) and peas. Perfect for a weeknight dinner, this recipe is both flavorful and satisfying. Let's get cooking!


  • 200 grams of cottage cheese (paneer), cubed
  • 1 cup of peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup of strong brewed tea
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Cube the paneer and set aside.
  2. If using frozen peas, thaw them.
  3. Soak the paneer cubes in the brewed tea for about 10 minutes. This gives the paneer a unique flavor and color. Drain and set aside.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  6. Add the finely chopped onion and sauté until golden brown.
  7. Mix in the minced garlic and grated ginger, cooking for another minute until aromatic.
  8. Add the chopped tomato to the skillet and cook until it breaks down and forms a thick paste.
  9. Stir in the turmeric powder, garam masala, and coriander powder. Cook for about 2 minutes to let the spices bloom.
  10. Add the peas to the skillet and stir well.
  11. Gently fold in the tea-infused paneer cubes.
  12. Season with salt to taste.
  13. Cover and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing all the flavors to meld together.
  14. Once everything is well combined and heated through, turn off the heat.
  15. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

And there you have it! A vibrant and flavorful Indian Cottage Cheese and Pea Skillet that's ready in no time. Serve it with warm naan or steamed rice, and you've got a meal that's sure to please everyone at the table. Enjoy!

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