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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Paneer & Peas in a Spiced Tomato Sauce - Matar Paneer

It's back to being cold and windy, and everyone here is in the midst of recovering from some form of cold or flu. That makes this paneer & peas recipe the perfect warm & hearty comfort food. This is a great quick warming vegetarian dish with a deliciously rich and spiced tomato sauce. Hope you enjoy and stay warm! Here's my recipe:

Paneer & Peas in a Spiced Tomato Sauce - Matar Paneer

Emily (Cooking for Kishore)

This is a great quick warming vegetarian dish with a deliciously rich and spiced tomato sauce. It can easily be made vegan by replacing the paneer with tofu.


  • 9 oz Paneer, cubed
  • 2 cups Peas
  • 8 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Green Chili, chopped
  • 3 Green Cardamom Pods
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Ginger Paste
  • 2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp South Indian Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Olive Oil


  1. Heat oil in a pan to medium, brown paneer on both sides, then take it out and drain it on some paper towels. Save for later.
  2. In the same pan, lower the heat to medium low. Add the Cardamom and cook for 30 seconds. Add the onion and brown lightly, then add the garlic ginger paste, green chili, ground coriander, garam masala, and turmeric.
  3. Next, add the diced tomatoes and half the cilantro, cook for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the previously cooked paneer, and let lower the heat letting it simmer for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the salt, peas, and remaining cilantro, simmer for another 2-3 minutes. *If the tomato sauce is too acidic, you can add 2 tbsp of plain yogurt to it after you take it off the heat. Make sure to mix it well.*
  5. Garnish with Cilantro and serve with Fresh Roti or Naan.
Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 mins. Cook time: 15 mins. Total time: 25 mins.
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Calories: 844 per serving


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