Monday, November 4, 2013

Paneer Bhurji ( Spicy scrambled cottage cheese)

Paneer Bhurji is a very popular paneer side dish made with scrambled paneer (cottage cheese) . 

"Bhurji" in Hindi means scrambled, Paneer Bhurji is a mildly spicy dish prepared with paneer, capsicum and tomatoes.The best thing about this dish is that its very versatile and can be adjusted according to taste and can be  prepared in a jiffy and is a quick dinner option for the busy weekdays.

Usually during the winter months I love to add a handful of fresh green peas and some chopped green onion and there you are ready with another variation. Serve it along with any Indian flat bread and its sure to please all. If leftover just use it as a filling for sandwiches or wraps.....usually there are no leftover at my home for Paneer Bhurji.

Here is a simple recipe for Paneer Bhurji.


Paneer,(cottage cheese) crumbled - 1 cup
Capsicum, chopped - 1 medium
Tomatoes, chopped - 2 medium
Onion, chopped - 1 medium
Green chillies, chopped - 2
Ginger, finely chopped - 1 inch piece
Garlic, grated - 2 cloves
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric- 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
Cumin powder  - 1 teaspoon
Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh green coriander, chopped - 2 - 3 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Milk - 2 tablespoon
Oil - 2 tablespoon


Mix red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and garlic paste in a bowl add around 2 tablespoon of water and make a paste and keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadhai, add the chopped onion and fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown, add the masala paste, mix well and fry for 2-3 minutes.

Add chopped tomatoes, mix well and fry until mushy, Add chopped capsicum along with salt mix well and cook until capsicum is almost done but not mushy. 

Add paneer along with chopped green chillies, chopped ginger mix well so that the paneer blends well with the masala.

Add milk and cook for 3-4 minutes add the garam masala powder, mix well and cook for another minute or two. 

Add the chopped green coriander, mix well and turn off the heat.

Serve hot along with roti,chapathi,naan, paratha and enjoy.


I like to make paneer bhurji with fresh homemade paneer as it tastes really good.

To make fresh paneer - Boil 1 liter of milk in a pot, once it comes to a boil, give it a good stir, lower the flame and add 1 1/2  tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, stir occasionally. Within minutes the milk will start to cuddle. Strain this through a muslin cloth and fresh homemade paneer is ready.

While making Paneer Bhurji i add some milk along with the paneer as it imparts a nice creamy texture and keeps the bhurji moist.