Monday, March 11, 2013

Paneer Bhurji / Scrambled Indian cottage cheese

I made some paneer (Indian cottage cheese) at home from whole milk. After cutting out the cubes (with the intention to make matar paneer), I had some crumbled pieces left out from the edges. So I changed my plans, I froze the paneer cubes for later use and made Bhurji out of the crumbled paneer.

So here's the recipe. It's quick and easy to make and goes well with roti or you can use it to stuff parata or make sandwich out of it.

Here is what you would need:
1 1/2 cup - crumbled paneer
1 onion - finely chopped
2 green chillies- finely chopped (use according to your preference)
1 tomato - finely chopped
1 tspn- Ginger-garlic paste
1/4 cup green bell pepper- finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon - cumin seeds
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (use depending on the heat)
1/4 tspn  turmeric powder
1/4 tsp -  garam masala powder
4-5 tbsps  milk
salt to taste
1 tbspn -oil
fresh cilantro leaves to garnish

How I made the bhurji :
Heat oil in a vessel, add cumin seeds, when they splutter add chopped onions, saute till onions turn transparent.
Add green chillies, bell pepper, ginger-garlic paste and fry for few minutes.
Then add turmeric powder,  red chilli pwd, salt and mix. Add the chopped tomato and cook till all the ingredients are cooked well and the oil starts to separate.  Add crumbled paneer and stir well to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add milk and gently mix the contents, make sure the paneer does not stick to the vessel. Once the milk evaporates, sprinkle garam masala powder and mix.
Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves ( I was out of cilantro so did not add) and serve hot with rotis.

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