Paneer Bhurji

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Paneer Bhurji recipe is one easy and quick side dish with cottage cheese, peas, potato all cooked in one pan, comforting, healthy with exploding flavours and on your table Under 15 minutes!

paneer bhurji served in plate with sliced onions and lemons

Paneer Bhurji

What is Paneer Bhurji?

Paneer Bhurji is a popular Indian dish that is scrambled cottage cheese with onion, tomatoes, spices and a tang of lime juice – an irresistible combination!

It can be used as sides with Indian bread, or as a filling in rolls, or even as a snack.

There are no fancy ingredients, but the paneer Bhurji is nothing short of fancy.

Why this recipe works:

 1. Paneer is a rich source of protein and this is an easy and delicious way to incorporate paneer.

2. Simple ingredients are used and these ingredients are handy in almost all kitchens. 

3. Minimal prep and versatility of paneer Bhurji make this one of my favourite dishes: 

use paneer Bhurji as sides, as filling and as a snack too!

How to make Paneer Bhurji recipe:

tomato, onion, cottage cheese ingredients are taken in plates for paneer bhurji
These all the ingredients to make paneer bhurji.
chopped ginger, garlic and spices are stir fried oil in deep pan
Heat ghee in a saucepan, add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, chopped garlic and ginger. Stir for a 1 minute till the aromas of garlic and ginger-infused in ghee.
chopped onions are being cooked in oil in sauce pan
Now, add chopped onion and salt
sliced green chilli and onion are sauce pan
Fry the onion well, Stir chopped green chilli
chopped onion, potato and green chilli are in sauce pan
Add diced potato, stir 3 to 4 minutes, till the potatoes are cooked.
chopped tomato are in sauce pan
Then add chopped tomato, quick stir for a minute.
tomato and spice powders are in sauce pan
Add in the spice powders chilli powder and turmeric powder and salt. Stir till the raw smell of the spices disappears.
scrambled cottage cheese, peas are in sauce pan
Now, in goes crumbled paneer and peas. Cook for just a few minutes until everything is combined. 
paneer bhurji recipe is in sauce pan, coriander leaves are sprinkled on top.
Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves.
a slice of lemon is being added to paneer bhurji
Squeeze some lemon juice and turn off the heat.

paneer bhurji served in plate with sliced onions and lemon

Tips to make the best paneer Bhurji:

 1. If you intend to make the paneer instead of using store-bought paneer, use whole milk to curdle. It will give you good quality paneer that is soft, rich and juicy. 

 2. Use a mixture of oil and butter to cook the paneer Bhurji. Butter enhances the taste of the paneer Bhurji and the oil prevents the butter from burning. 

3. You can use pav bhaji masala to give it a bhaji flavour. This enhances the spicy flavour of the Bhurji and makes a good stuffing. 

FAQ:

    1. Why is my paneer rubbery?

    If you overcook the paneer, it loses all its moisture content and becomes hard.

    You can keep checking to see if the paneer is cooked so that you don’t evaporate its moisture content.

    2. How to rectify rubbery paneer?

    If you find that your paneer is hard and rubbery due to overcooking,

    you can add a few drops of water and cook on a low flame until the moisture is absorbed by the paneer.

    3. Can I add vegetables other than onion and tomatoes?

    You can add any vegetables of your choice.

    You can also add pre-scrambled eggs or sautéed mushroom, capsicum.

    The key to combining all the ingredients well is to chop the vegetables into small pieces so that they combine well with the paneer.

    4. Can I substitute tofu?

    Yes, Of course, you can substitute tofu. Scramble or grate the tofu.

    Other Recipes you may like to try:

    Cauliflower 65

    Paneer Tikka Recipe

    Veg Manchurian Recipe

    Bhindi Masala 

    Kadai Paneer

      ALL Paneer Recipes 

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      Paneer Bhurji


      • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
      • Prep Time: 5 minutes
      • Cook Time: 10 minutes
      • Total Time: 15 minutes
      • Yield: 2 1x
      • Diet: Vegetarian

      Description

      Paneer Bhurji is one easy and quick side dish with cottage cheese, peas, potato all cooked in one pan, comforting, healthy with exploding flavours and on your table Under 15 minutes!


      Ingredients

      Scale
      • 1 cup cottage cheese (crumbled)
      • 1/4 cup peas (cooked)
      • 1/2 cup potato (peel and dice into small pieces)
      • 1 onion ( chopped)
      • 2 tomato ( chopped )
      • 1 tablespoon ghee
      • 1 teaspoon ginger (finely chopped)
      • 1 teaspoon garlic ( finely chopped)
      • 1 teaspoon chilli powder ( I used Kashmiri red chilli powder)
      • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
      • 1 /2 teaspoon cumin seeds
      • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
      • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves (finely chopped)
      • 1/2 lemon
      • 1 teaspoon salt

      Instructions

      1. Heat ghee in a saucepan, add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, chopped garlic and ginger. Stir for a 1 minute till the aromas of garlic and ginger-infused in ghee.
      2. Now, add chopped onion and salt
      3. fry the onion well, Stir chopped green chilli
      4. Add diced potato, stir 3 to 4 minutes, till the potatoes are cooked.
      5. Then add chopped tomato, quick stir for a minute.
      6. Add in the spice powders chilli powder and turmeric powder and salt. Stir till the raw smell of the spices disappears.
      7. Now, in goes crumbled paneer and peas. Cook for just a few minutes until everything is combined.
      8. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves.
      9. Squeeze some lemon juice and turn off the heat.

      Notes

      Tips to make the best paneer bhurji:

      1. If you intend to make the paneer instead of using store-bought paneer, use whole milk to curdle. It will give you good quality paneer that is soft, rich and juicy. 
      2. Use a mixture of oil and butter to cook the paneer bhurji. Butter enhances the taste of the paneer Bhurji and the oil prevents the butter from burning. 
      3. You can use pav bhaji masala to give it a bhaji flavour. This enhances the spicy flavour of the bhurji and makes a good stuffing. 
      • Category: Breakfast, snack, sidedish
      • Method: stovetop
      • Cuisine: indian

      Keywords: paneer Bhurji, Paneer Bhurji Recipe, Paneer recipe

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