Paneer Bhurji Recipe

4.9 from 87 votes

Paneer Bhurji is a popular dish made from crumbled or freshly grated paneer which is cooked with chopped onion, tomatoes and mildly flavored with Indian spices.

Paneer Bhurji is one of the simplest paneer recipes. It is a dry type of vegetable preparation which can be made in relatively less time and effort and tastes good.

It mirrors a classical fried and scrambled eggs preparation which goes by the name ‘Bhurji’ in the Indian subcontinent. Paneer is used instead of eggs in this preparation for a vegetarian version.

Main Ingredients

The star of this dish is Paneer or Indian cottage cheese, which is one the most common type of cheese used in varieties of cuisines in the Indian subcontinent. For best results, use fresh homemade paneer for this recipe.

Crumbled paneer is cooked, in a stir fried masala made of onions and tomatoes, flavored with Indian spices like ginger, garlic, coriander powder & garam masala.

The dish is simple & mildly flavored in general, but you can also add some Pav Bhaji Masala to it for a different spicier flavor.

Nutrition Value

Paneer has a myriad of health benefits since it is a rich source of protein, calcium and is low in calories as well, making this dish healthy and suitable for weight conscious people and diabetics.

As a variation you can also use Tofu instead of Paneer for a lighter vegan version of the dish. You can also add spinach, carrots, peas, beans or other vegetables to make it even healthier.

How to eat Paneer Bhurji?

Paneer Bhurji is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many ways :

  • Eat it on its own as a breakfast or snack with a generous sprinkling of lemon juice.
  • It goes great with any type of Indian bread like roti, phulkas, naan or puri. It can even be served with rice.
  • Use it as a stuffing in dosa to make paneer dosa, akin to the more popular and dominant potato filled masala dosa.
  • Use as a stuffing for kathi rolls or wraps. Add some thinly sliced onions, carrots, green chutney, ketchup and chaat masala and make a frankie.
  • You can also use it as filling for a sandwich. Add some sliced onions, tomatoes and cheese along with paneer bhurji to make a grilled sandwich.

To make Paneer Bhurji at home take a look at the video or follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Paneer Bhurji Recipe

Paneer Bhurji is a North Indian dish made from fresh crumbled paneer, cooked with a mildly flavored onion-tomato masala.
4.9 from 87 votes

Recipe Info

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 3
Category Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g

Ingredients For Paneer Bhurji Recipe
  

  • 250 gm Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Heeng (Asafoetida)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania Powder)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro)
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil

Step By Step Instructions for Paneer Bhurji Recipe
 

  • Heat oil in a pan on medium heat and add cumin seeds (jeera) and heeng (asafoetida). Fry the cumin seeds for a few seconds till they start to sputter.
    1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera), 1/4 Teaspoon Heeng (Asafoetida)
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 1
  • Add finely chopped onions to the pan.
    1 Medium Sized Onion
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 2
  • Then add finely chopped green chillies, along with ginger & garlic paste. You can also use fresh minced ginger & garlic.
    1 Green Chilli, 1 Teaspoon Ginger Paste, 1 Teaspoon Garlic Paste
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 3
  • Fry the onions for 2-3 mins till they turn translucent.
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 4
  • Then add finely chopped tomatoes.
    1 Large Tomato
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 5
  • Also add turmeric powder (haldi), red chilli powder, coriander powder (dhania powder), garam masala & salt.
    1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi), 3/4 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania Powder), 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala, 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 6
  • Cook the tomatoes for 2-3 mins till they become soft.
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 7
  • Next add crumbled paneer to the pan.
    250 gm Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 8
  • Mix the paneer with the onion tomato masala and cook for a couple of minutes.
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 9
  • Turn off the heat and add finely chopped coriander leaves on top.
    1/4 Cup Coriander Leaves (Cilantro)
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 10
  • Sprinkle some lemon juice and mix everything well.
    1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions 11
  • Paneer Bhurji is ready. Serve it hot with lemon wedges on the side, as a healthy breakfast or with roti for lunch or dinner.
    Paneer Bhurji Recipe Step By Step Instructions

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