Chena matar (peas with cottage cheese)

Main Dish
2 servings
15 min
20 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 2
1½ cup milk.

1 tablespoon lemon juice.

1 cup frozen peas, thawed.

½ teaspoon red chilli powder.

1 teaspoon coriander powder.

¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

Salt to taste.

1 teaspoon sugar.

Few strands of grated ginger.

Chopped green chilli to taste.

2 teaspoons ghee.


  • Boil milk. When it is boiling up add lemon juice and stir. The milk will curdle.
  • Take it off gas and strain the cheese(Indian Chena) from the mixture with the help of a strainer or muslin cloth.
  • Keep aside and let it cool down. When cold crumble it with hands. Heat a pan and add ghee. When heated add cumin seeds, chopped chilli and grated ginger.
  • Sauté for a few seconds. Add crumbled cottage cheese and roast is for 3-5 minutes. Keep stirring.
  • Add all the spices, salt and sugar and heat for 2-3 minutes till all the spices are cooked.
  • Now add the peas and mix well. Heat for 2-3 more minutes and then take it off gas.
  • Serve with warm phulkas.


Chena Matar (Peas with cottage cheese), photo 1
Chena Matar (Peas with cottage cheese), photo 2


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