Monday, January 19, 2015

Paneer Bhurji - Scrambled cottage cheese

This is a very simple dish. It is yummy and an all time favorite. It also serves as a vegetarian version of egg bhurji (scrambled eggs).

It is especially good as a mess free filling in the rolled paranthas. So, pack your lunch honey!

You need:

  1. Paneer (crumbled)- 200gm ( I make it at this is an approximate measure)
  2. Capsicum/green bell pepper- 1 tbsp finely chopped
  3. Onion- 1 small, finely chopped
  4. Tomato- 1 small, chopped
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Jeera (cumin seeds)- 1/2 tsp
  7. Garam masala- 1/4 tsp (you can increase it to get a spiced up version)
  8. Haldi powder (turmeric powder)- 1/4 tsp
  9. Red chilli powder (optional)- 1/4tsp
  10. Coriander leaves for garnishing
  11. Oil- 1 tbsp

To make:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan or Kadhai.
  2. Add Jeera seeds and let them sizzle. 
  3. Add onions and fry till they are translucent. You can add green chillies here if you like.
  4. Add salt and turmeric. Mix well and add capsicum.
  5. Fry for 4-5 minutes. Capsicum should retain its crunch.
  6. Add crumbled paneer and garam masala. Also, red chilli powder if you have not used green chillies.Fry for a 2-3 minutes. Add Tomatoes.
  7. Mix well and cover for a few minutes on low flame.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  9. Serve hot with Roti or Paranthas or even as a filling for sandwich.
Note: If you have store bought paneer, then soak it in hot water for 8-10 min before using it. It softens the paneer and improves texture.


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