How to Make a Spicy Paneer Bhurji or Paneer Curry

Updated on October 6, 2017
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Spicy Paneer Bhurji or Curry

Is Paneer Bhurji a Substitute for Egg Bhurji?

Paneer, or cottage cheese, is the main ingredient in paneer bhurji. In this curry, scrambled paneer is added to a spicy tomato and onion gravy.

Paneer bhurji is similar to egg bhurji in many ways. Both of these curries are made in a similar manner. Egg and paneer both are rich sources of protein. Scrambled eggs and scrambled paneer both look alike when mixed with the spices while making the bhurji. Both these curries are healthy and delicious.

People who don't eat eggs can choose panner bhurji as an egg-free alternative.

Let's find out how to make this spicy paneer bhurji at home.

5 stars for Spicy Paneer Bhurji or Curry

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 150 g paneer or cottage cheese, about one cup, grated
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup capsicum, diced
  • 2 table spoons coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, available in Indian stores
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp dry mango powder(Amchur powder), available in Indian stores
  • 1/4 tsp sugar, optional, to balance the taste, I used
  • 1/2 small cup milk, to keep the paneer moist
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making a Spicy Paneer Bhurji or Curry

  1. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in cumin seeds. Let them sizzle.
  2. Add chopped onions. Saute them till they become transparent and pinkish. No need to roast.
  3. Next, add chopped capsicum and green peas. Stir-cook them for 3-4 minutes or till they become soft.
  4. Now come the tomatoes. Add chopped tomatoes. Increase the flame. Stir-cook them for 3-4 minutes. Add a few drops of water while cooking to keep the mix moist. Cook them till they become soft, not mushy.
  5. Add some salt. Mix well. Pour half a cup of water. Boil the mix covered with a lid for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Now, add all the spice powders one by one. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and coriander powder. Stir-cook on a low fire for 2 minutes.
  7. Add grated paneer. Combine it with the spices.
  8. Throw in some sugar, dry mango powder, and a portion of finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Cook for a minute.
  9. Pour the milk. Saute for a minute or till you get a semi-solid consistency. Adding milk keeps paneer smooth and moist for a longer time. Don't make the curry dry. If paneer is overcooked, it may become dry and rubbery. Turn off the stove.
  10. Spicy paneer bhurji is ready to serve. Serve this awesome side dish with hot flatbread, roti, poori, paratha, ghee rice etc. Enjoy the taste!

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Step one: Keep the ingredients readyStep two: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle. Add chopped onions. Saute till they turn transparent and pinkish.Step three: Throw in green peas and chopped capsicum. Saute for 3-4 minutes.Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook on a high flame for 3 minutes or till they become soft, not mushy. Add some water to keep the mix moist.Step five: Add salt. Mix well. Cover the lid and cook for two minutes.The mix after covered cooking.Step six: Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and gram masala powder. Stir-cooking continues for a minute.Step seven: Add grated paneer.Step eight: Add some finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Combine the spices with the paneer.Step nine: Throw in dry mango powder and sugar. Stir the mix for 30 seconds.Step ten: Pour the milk. Stir-cook till you get a semi-solid consistency. Don't make it dry.Step eleven: Spicy paneer bhurji is ready to serve. Transfer it to a serving dish.Step twelve: Garnish  this curry with finely chopped coriander leaves. Dunk flatbread into the bhurji and munch. Happy eating!
Step one: Keep the ingredients ready
Step one: Keep the ingredients ready
Step two: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle. Add chopped onions. Saute till they turn transparent and pinkish.
Step two: Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle. Add chopped onions. Saute till they turn transparent and pinkish.
Step three: Throw in green peas and chopped capsicum. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
Step three: Throw in green peas and chopped capsicum. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook on a high flame for 3 minutes or till they become soft, not mushy. Add some water to keep the mix moist.
Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir-cook on a high flame for 3 minutes or till they become soft, not mushy. Add some water to keep the mix moist.
Step five: Add salt. Mix well. Cover the lid and cook for two minutes.
Step five: Add salt. Mix well. Cover the lid and cook for two minutes.
The mix after covered cooking.
The mix after covered cooking.
Step six: Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and gram masala powder. Stir-cooking continues for a minute.
Step six: Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and gram masala powder. Stir-cooking continues for a minute.
Step seven: Add grated paneer.
Step seven: Add grated paneer.
Step eight: Add some finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Combine the spices with the paneer.
Step eight: Add some finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Combine the spices with the paneer.
Step nine: Throw in dry mango powder and sugar. Stir the mix for 30 seconds.
Step nine: Throw in dry mango powder and sugar. Stir the mix for 30 seconds.
Step ten: Pour the milk. Stir-cook till you get a semi-solid consistency. Don't make it dry.
Step ten: Pour the milk. Stir-cook till you get a semi-solid consistency. Don't make it dry.
Step eleven: Spicy paneer bhurji is ready to serve. Transfer it to a serving dish.
Step eleven: Spicy paneer bhurji is ready to serve. Transfer it to a serving dish.
Step twelve: Garnish  this curry with finely chopped coriander leaves. Dunk flatbread into the bhurji and munch. Happy eating!
Step twelve: Garnish this curry with finely chopped coriander leaves. Dunk flatbread into the bhurji and munch. Happy eating!

Nutritional Information of Spicy Paneer Bhurji or Curry:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 85
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 3 g1%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 2 mg1%
Sodium 160 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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