Paneer Bhurji Recipe (Indian Scrambled Cottage Cheese)

Exceptionally Easy and Most Popular Paneer Recipe – Presenting Paneer Bhurji or the Indian Scrambled Cottage cheese recipe. A Recipe you can whip up under 30 minutes with your most basic kitchen supplies.

Paneer Bhurji Recipe (Indian Scrambled Cottage Cheese)

Paneer Bhurji is one of the most popular North Indian Sabzi. Also know as the Indian Scrambled Cottage Cheese, this is a Vegetarian version of Egg Bhurji or scrambled eggs in Indian Style.

Paneer, a popular ingredient in most Indian Vegetarian recipes is very easy to source and cook with. It is a hit amongst vegetarians who don’t consume poultry or meat. This ingredient is also popular with people who have adopted a Keto Lifestyle.

If you are new to Indian Cooking and would want to try a recipe that is very basic and fuss free, the paneer bhurji recipe is where you can begin with, the most simplest recipe.

What is Paneer?

  • Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese, as it is popular world over, is a soft cheese made with curdled and strained milk. It is a great source of milk protein and calcium.
  • It can be served as starters, appetizers, main course and even dessert! It is quite versatile and popular.
  • One can use store bought or home made Paneer.
  • If your milk has accidentally curdled or split, you can strain it and use as paneer too.
  • Tip – Do not throw away the water or whey. Use it to knead your roti dough or adjust consistency of dal.

We love a good spicy Paneer Bhurji, the one which has green chillies and red chilli powder. Paneer by itself, is quite bland and hence requires a spicy gravy to bring out its flavours.

The best part about the recipe is that it can be rustled in under 30 minutes. The ingredients are easily available at home, very basic spices are used and the key ingredient i.e. Paneer can either be store bought or made at home from scratch – your choice!

We love a good mix of onion and tomatoes for Paneer Bhurji. I also prefer pureeing the tomatoes instead of chopping. My husband doesn’t prefer the chunks of tomatoes as he finds it too tangy for his taste. You can chop or puree, based on your preference.

Also, there are a ton of ways this sabzi can be made at home. It doesn’t need to be the same every single time, which is also one of the reasons we love this at home.

You can add chopped capsicum or bell peppers, peas, corn, zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower florets too to make it wholesome and filling for the family. Your kids will love it!

You will also be happy to hear that this dish doesn’t require any great deal of cooking expertise. Bachelors can quickly rustle this up in their basic kitchen.

You can serve this sabzi on a toast for breakfast and the leftovers can be served with Main Course like Rice and Dal or Roti, if you can manage.

I love having Paneer Bhurji as leftovers in my fridge so always cook an extra portion and refrigerate. The next morning, I can smear some on my home made bread toast or just enjoy it with plain parathas too.

Paneer Bhurji On bread Toast

Some ideas with Leftover Paneer Bhurji

  • Grilled Toasts (Smear a layer of chutney and add some of the leftover bhurji between two slices of toast, grill and enjoy as breakfast or after school snack for kids)
  • Use it as a filling for Paratha – Pack it for your kids lunch box or carry to work.
  • Roll or Wrap – Turn the leftovers into a quick meal by using whole wheat rotis or parathas, some home made chutney and couple of scoops of the bhurji. Roll and serve or pack!
  • Burger Patty – This can be turned into a patty by mashing some boiled potatoes to it, adding some steamed peas, corn, some spices and salt. Shaped into a patty and Air Fried or pan fried.

Most of us buy paneer from nearby stores. They are either fresh or frozen. I buy paneer from a local dairy farm which gives me full fat paneer or Malai Paneer as its known. They make the best bhurji as its soft and delicious.

Paneer bhurji

The fresh paneer is quite soft to touch. The shelf life is literally 24 hours (the one that I use). Frozen or packaged paneer has a longer shelf life and stays fresh in the refrigerator for atleast 4-5 days.

However, most people complain about the paneer tasting rubbery or dry after couple of days of storing the paneer in the refrigerator.

Here is how you can store paneer at home that won’t taste rubbery again.

  • You can store the paneer cube or block in a container immersed in water. Change the water the next day, if you are not going to use the paneer.
  • If you are in a hurry and are using frozen paneer, immerse the paneer block in warm water mixed with a tsp of milk for atleast 10 to 15 minutes (while you do your prep work).
  • Please note that if you are using dairy fresh paneer, the above will not be necessary.

After following the above steps, you can easily either cube or crumble the paneer that will be soft and melt in mouth texture.

Please note that Paneer is Gluten free but not Vegan. For Vegans, the same recipe can be tried using Tofu or Soy Cheese.

Paneer Bhurji Step by Step Recipe

Heat a pan, add oil. Add Jeera or cumin seeds and the ginger garlic paste.

Ginger Garlic paste with cumin seeds in oil

Saute until the raw smell goes off and then add the finely chopped onions.

Finely chopped onions

Once the onions have browned, add the tomato puree and let it cook.

Translucent onions for the gravy base
Adding Tomato Puree

As the onion tomato mixture is cooking, add the turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and some salt to taste.

Spice Mixes - Turmeric and Red chilli powder with seasoning

Cook the mixture until there is no raw smell.

Cook the onion tomato mix until the raw smell goes

Crumble the paneer and keep aside.

Paneer Block
Scrambled Paneer

Add the crumbled paneer and add it to the cooked onion tomato mix. Add some salt to taste and garam masala powder.

Adding the crumbled paneer to the onion tomato mix with garam masala

Mix well, lower the gas flame, cover and cook for a few minutes until the paneer is coated with the masalas.

Allow the masala to mix with the paneer

Switch off the flame, add chopped coriander leaves and finely chopped green chillies.

Paneer Bhurji is ready to serve

Serve piping hot with Roti, Paratha, Naan or Dal Rice.

Recipe Notes –

  • The sabzi stays fresh in the refrigerator for a couple of days. It freezes well too and can be reheated in the microwave.
  • Green Chillies are optional. I however recommend it because it tastes extremely delicious. For kids, you can easily skip it.
  • You can add Deghi Mirch Powder too in place of Kashmiri Red chillies. They add to the red colour.

Some Paneer Recipes on the blog –

Paneer Bhurji served with plain parathas, pickle and curd
Paneer Bhurji Recipe

Paneer Bhurji (Indian Scrambled Cottage Cheese)

Vidya Narayan
Paneer Bhurji is a North Indian Main Course Sabzi or Veg made with IndianCottage Cheese. A recipe that can quickly be rustled up in the kitchen andserved with Indian Breads like Roti, Paratha or Bread and even Dal Rice.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, north indian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 300 gms Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese (Crumbled) Use Fresh or Frozen as required
  • 3 nos. Tomatoes (pureed)
  • 4 nos. Onions (Medium size chopped finely)
  • 3 tbsp Oil 1 tbsp is 15 ml
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera or Cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder or Haldi Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 2-3 nos. Green chillies finely chopped
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves as required
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat a pan, add oil. Add Jeera or cumin seeds and the ginger garlic paste.
    Ginger Garlic Paste and Cumin for bhurji
  • Saute until the raw smell goes off and then add the finely chopped onions.
    Cooking the onions until translucent
  • Once the onions have browned, add the tomato puree and let it cook.
    Adding the tomato puree
  • As the onion tomato mixture is cooking, add the turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and some salt to taste.
    Turmeric, Red chilli powder and salt to taste with the onion tomato gravy
  • Cook the mixture until there is no raw smell.
    Cooking the onion tomato mix
  • In the meanwhile, crumble the paneer and add it to the cooked onion tomato mix. Add some salt to taste and garam masala powder.
    Scrambled or crumbled paneer
  • Mix well, lower the gas flame, cover and cook for a few minutes until the paneer is coated with the masalas.
    Paneer added to the onion tomato mix
  • Switch off the flame, add chopped coriander leaves and finely chopped green chillies.
    Paneer Bhurji is ready to serve garnished with coriander and chillies
  • Serve piping hot with Roti, Paratha, Naan or Dal Rice.

Notes

  • The sabzi stays fresh in the refrigerator for a couple of days. It freezes well too and can be reheated in the microwave.
  • Green Chillies are optional. I however recommend it because it tastes extremely delicious. For kids, you can easily skip it.
  • You can add Deghi Mirch Powder too in place of Kashmiri Red chillies. They add to the red colour.
  • The recipe is Gluten Free. Use Soy Cheese or tofu for a Vegan Recipe version. 
Keyword Bachelor Friendly Meal Plan, breakfast recipes with paneer, Paneer Bhurji, Recipes under 30 minutes
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I created this recipe when I started blogging in May 2017. Paneer Bhurji was my niece’s number one choice (back then) until she was 8 or 9 years old. I made the sabzi especially for her (with less spice) and she would love it. I recently shot the recipe with step by step pictures and additional information for re-sharing it on the blog.

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Amrita

    Paneer is my ultimate favourite and u have given me hunger at this time of the night!Sighhh…yumm bhurjee!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      haha.. This is my niece’s fav. Paneer is just so filling n healthy. I love it too.

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