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Paneer Bhurji

paneer bhurji
There are days when you feel too lazy to cook.  Plus, you have no leftovers in the refrigerator and you don't want a takeout either.  
Once I was telling my colleague and friend how I have no idea to cook for today's dinner.  This was when I was working in Mumbai and we were returning home.  My friend started throwing some ideas and one of them was Paneer Bhurji.  Back then, I knew only about Egg Bhurji.  That night, I tried my friend's recipe with a few tweaks.  Since then, this recipe is a regular at my place, especially when I don't have time for something elaborate.

Ingredients:
Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese - 200 gm 
Onions - 2 medium
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Bell Peppers/Capsicum (coloured) - 1 cup
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - few sprigs 
Green Chillies - 6
Garlic - 4 cloves
Ginger - an inch piece 
Cumin/Jeera seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt

How to make Paneer Bhurji:
  • Heat oil in a kadhai and add cumin seeds.  After few seconds, add finely chopped onions, grated ginger and grated garlic.  Fry till onions turn soft.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes, green chillies, bell peppers and fry till tomatoes are mashed.  
  • Feel free to add any other veggies of your choice like green peas, lima beans, carrots and your favorite seasonings.
  • Add grated cheese, chopped cliantro, turmeric, garam masala, salt and mix well.  Cook it covered for 5 - 10 min and its done.  Serve Paneer Bhurji with Chapati or Phulka.
  • The cottage cheese which you find in an American store won't work for this recipe.  You need the firm Indian Cottage Cheese or Paneer.

8 comments:

  1. this is different :) I bet cottage cheese would dissolve - the best is to put paneer. Rich food indeed :) I bet it taste well.

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  2. nice recipe I will try thou I usually make it with peas ...or bell peppers...

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  3. Harman, I guess your recipe with veggies will be more nutritious..definitely worth trying..

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  4. very true Preeti.. cottage cheese bought from american stores would definitely dissolve..
    But Paneer is also known as cottage cheese or Asian cheese..
    thanks for visiting.

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  5. Thanks a lot for bringing vegiterian dishes like these stuff! delicious and spicy !

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  6. HI..Paneer Bhurji is 1 of the best receipe u hv posted.. :)

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  7. Thanks Sachin for ur feedback!

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