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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.

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

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.


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

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

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

  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.

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

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

  7. Thanks Sachin for ur feedback!


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