Paneer Bhurji Recipe (dry)

An easy, 10 minute recipe to get melt in your mouth paneerbhurji! Made with onion, garlic, tomatoes, crumbled paneer and spices.  This versatile dish can be served forbreakfast, brunch or lunch. 
Paneer bhurji ready to eat in a non-stick pan with a serving spoon.

One of my favorite easy paneer recipe, paneer ki bhurji.

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Quick and satisfying dish
  • Can be made vegan with crumbled tofu

Homemade paneer bhurji is the vegetarian version of Egg Bhurji recipes (anda bhurji). Bhurji means scrambled so it is similar to scrambled eggs, but scrambled paneer and Indian style! It is a popular North Indian dish.

Best part is it has a balance of protein from paneer with capsicum, tomatoes and good for you spices. 

It tastes great on toast for breakfast or as a sandwich for lunch. For dinner main dish or lunch you could also serve this with Indian breads such as roti, parantha or as a bhurji Kathi roll. It can be also served as a side dish and I think it tastes great with some veggies. It is super versatile and great for when you are stuck on what to make. Indian dishes

Paneer bhurji ingredients in bowls and on a cutting board.

Ingredients

  • Crumbled paneer
  • Fresh ingredients: Tomatoes, onion (I like red onions), garlic, green chillies
  • Spices: Cumin seeds, turmeric, salt, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, cumin/coriander and kasuri methi
  • Neutral oil: this is used to temper spice at the beginning of the recipe
  • Optional: Chop and top the bhurji with fresh coriander leaves

Making Dry Paneer Bhurji

This recipe could not be any easier!

  1.  Heat oil on medium heat and add cumin seeds
  2. Add in onion, green chillies, garlic cloves and tomatoes.
  3.  Once tomatoes begin to soften, add in crumbled paneer and spices.
  4. Mix and cook for a short time and you are ready to eat!

Important Tip:  Mise en place always makes cooking easier. This means just have everything chopped and measured out ahead of time. It makes the cooking process even quicker for already easy recipes.

What type of paneer should I use?

  • Fresh Homemade Paneer (Indian Cheese)
    • Fresh paneer can’t be beat and to make paneer you just need curdled milk using an acid. Post coming soon and will be linked here.
  • Store bought paneer
    • This works too, but sometimes it is hardened so it is not as easy to crumble. To soften store bought paneer, just soak the paneer in hot water for about 15 minutes.

Variations

  • Vegetables: Mix up the veggies! I like to use veggies that I need to use up in here. As long as they are chopped small, just about any works. Green bell pepper is a frequently used one. Add spinach for palak paneer bhurji!
  • Spices: Change up the usual ground Indian spices Adding in a spoon of pav bhaji masala is a great way to change up the taste.
  • Cheese: Add in a sprinkle of melty cheese like cheddar cheese or pepper jack.
  • Zing: Give it a small teaspoon of lemon juice for added tang.
  • Layer it on bread: Use bread slices / bread rolls toasted with chutney for an on the go meal. Drizzle some hot sauce on top!
  • For kids: Reduce the amount of red chili powder.
  • Jain friendly: You can make the paneer bhurji without onion and garlic if you prefer

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Paneer bhurji ready to eat in a non-stick pan with a serving spoon.

Paneer Bhurji

Shilpa Joshi
An easy, 10 minute recipe to get melt in your mouth paneerbhurji! Made with onion, garlic, tomatoes, crumbled paneer and spices.  This versatile dish can be served forbreakfast, brunch or lunch. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch, dinner, lunch
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 48 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 pan I use non-stick
  • Mixing spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ medium onion 70g
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup tomato 1 roma tomato, 70g
  • 2 cups paneer (crumbled) 228g paneer, 8oz
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin coriander blend dhana jeeru
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder lal mirch

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let sizzle.
    Jeera seeds in oil in a pan.
  • Add onion and green chillies to pan. Cook about 3 mintues until onions start to become translucent.
    Onions and green chillies added to pan.
  • Add in chopped garlic. Mix and let cook 1 minute.
    Garlic added to onions and green chillies to saute in a pan.
  • Add in tomatoes. Mix well and cook 1 minute.
    Veggies for paneer bhurji sauteed in a pan.
  • Add in paneer and spices. Mix well and cook 2 minutes.
    Paneer bhurji and spices about to be mixed in a pan.
  • Serve paneer bhurji. Optionally top with chopped coriander.
    Paneer bhurji ready to eat in a non-stick pan with a serving spoon.

Notes

Prep ingredients ahead of time. The actual cooking process is quick!

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 330mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 159IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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