Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Paneer bhurji

I love paneer in all shapes, forms and dishes ..For those of you who read my blog and don't know what paneer/cottage cheese is (Its a dairy product.Paneer can be prepared at home or bought at the market .I buy mine at the local Indian store .The easiest way to make Paneer is to squeeze a lemon in hot milk and let it separate .Take the white residue and tie it up in a muslin cloth and let all the water drip .What remains is, paneer.You can crumble this or cut it up in cubes....)

Paneer is pretty versatile .There a tonnes of recipes out there and the ones that come to my mind are pudina paneer, handi paneer, paneer in coriander garlic sauce, matar paneer, saag paneer, achari paneer, paneer palak bhujia/bhurji, kesari paneer, goan paneer pea curry , mughlai paneer, kaju paneer masala, paneer kebabs, and paneer pasanda..I plan to try them all soon and Iam sure they are just minor variations in all the recipes .

Paneer bhurji is simple easy to make and takes almost no time .And It tastes delicious. I usually have it either some kind of dal , chappati and raita .I will put up the daal that I cooked with the Paneer bhurji in my next blog entry ...

Till then enjoy this one :-)

You need :
200 gms paneer - crumbled
1 large onion chopped finely
2 green chillies chopped finely
oil - 1 tablespoon
salt to taste
1 teaspoon turmeric
chilli powder/flakes to taste
corriander to garnish

This is how you cook it :
Heat the oil and fry the onions till they become transparent .Add diced green chillies and saute them for a while .Then addthe paneer, followed by turmeric, salt and chilli flakes.Mix thoroughly and add just a little water to the mixture .Be sure not to add too much water .Wait for water to evaporate and then take off the stove.Paneer Bhurji is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped corriander.

If you feel like adding finely chopped tomatoes along with the onions at the onset , feel free to do so.That's just another variation to the recipe and tastes great as well


Ashwini said...

Looove paneer. I think I would eat paneer with pebbles if it were given to me. Thanks for the recipe!

sailu said...

Love paneer,one way or the other.This is an interesting recipe..never tried it.Thanks for sharing.

Meenal Mehta said...

Hey Ashwini ,

yeah I love paneer..with pebbles, not so much :)

thanks for visiting..I have added you to my links

Meenal Mehta said...

Hey Sailu,

i see you redid the look and feel of your food blog..very nice ..

i have added you also to my links

vkn said...

WOW! the result is awesome. Excellent recipes u have out here. Keep blogging. Cheers!

aparna said...


As promised :P

Meenal Mehta said...

hey vkn , thankyou ,i linked you too :)

Meenal Mehta said...

thanks aparna

Kapil said...

Now this looks like something nice and easy to try on a Sunday evening when hunger calls!

Thanks for linking to my food blog. Will update my link list to include yours on my blog too.

Meenal Mehta said...

hey kapil

sure ..

Gangadhar said...

I love paneer items....
Btw thanks for linking my blog,Meenal!!

Sophie Cecilie said...

It looks delicious.. I'll try and find it in a store, because I'm not sure if I can make it from scratch. I will try if I can't find it. I did the Kesar Pulao.. it was pretty easy to do and tasted great. I like the combination raisin and cashewnut. It's terrific that you started to write down ingredients and a description on how to make the dishes.

I know I'm a little late, but I wish you and your family the very best for the year 2006...!

Meenal Mehta said...


thankyou to you too , since you have both my blogs tagged

Meenal Mehta said...

hey sophie,

thankyou and a very happy new yr to you too

iam glad the kesar pulao came out nice .Its pretty exotic , wouldnt you agree?

also if you are unable to find the paneer at a store , it would not be too tough to make it

good luck and keep visiting

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