Paneer Stir-Fry in Claypot | Toka Chef Recipe

posted by Preethi Chandrasekhar, July 04, 2018

When we say paneer, the recipes that immediately come to mind are paneer butter masala, paneer tikka and matar paneer. But how about a simple stirfry? Yes, you can make simple matar paneer stir fry too. Today I am going to share this quick and easy kid-friendly matar paneer stir fry that I made in the clay pot.

This July, at Tokabox, we are talking about protecting the nature and Indian biodiversity. So I thought why not talk about India's traditional cookware and make a recipe with the conventional cookware. Soapstone vessels, clay pots, earthenwares are few among the traditional and authentic cookware. The food cooked in these vessels not only tastes great but they are healthy as well.

Clay Pots:

Let me share about clay pots in this post. A couple of years ago, I bought one here in the USA and posted about the curing process on my recipe blog. I am sharing the same here. Clay pots or Manchatti is made out of earthen clay. We all know clay is porous meaning it has lots of tiny holes and that property of clay provides the unique characteristics for the clay pots. As they are porous, they retain the moisture during the cooking process. It reduces the acidity of the foods and also their inert property (chemically inactive) makes them not to react with foods.

Curing the Clay Pots:

Food Taste:

The clay pot yields an earthy flavor to the paneer stir-fry and makes it better. You can always make this paneer stirfry on a tawa or regular pan.

Toka Chef Moment:

Kiddo always helps me with peeling the vegetables, especially potatoes. But I never allowed him to chop the veggies. But I to let him cut the paneer with a regular butter knife. We had so much fun, and we started cutting some cheese as well. Instead of chopping, you can allow the kids to rinse the frozen peas and feel the chillness. If you are using fresh peas, then you can ask them to remove the peas from the pods. Age appropriate chores make the tasks more fun, and when they accomplish the jobs, it helps the kids be responsible.

Without any further ado, here is the Paneer Stir-Fry recipe,



Enjoy the paneer with rice or on a roti roll.


Toka Yum Moment:

Kiddo was a bit upset that I added peas, but I urged him to try. Eventually, he decided to try this as a stuffing for his roti roll and relished.

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