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Paneer bhurji served in greay bowl with naan bread on side
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Paneer Bhurji Recipe

Easy and quick 15 minutes dinner of scrambled Indian cottage cheese or paneer tossed in spicy and tangy tomato onion masala. A perfect meal when served with bread toast, parathas or naan bread.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Keto, Nut-free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


  • 1-2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons Ghee or Butter
  • ¾ teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1-2 Green Chilies or Serrano Peppers chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • ½ cup Onions finely chopped
  • 1 cup Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Capsicum medium size, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese grated or crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro chopped


  • In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil and butter/ghee together.
  • Add cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.
  • Add chopped green chilies, ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute until raw smell goes off.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  • Add tomatoes, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric, salt and sauté for another minute.
  • Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes until tomatoes are soft. Add capsicum and cook for another minute.
  • Add crumbled paneer, garam masala powder, mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  • Finally, add lemon juice, chopped cilantro and mix.
  • Serve hot with rotis, parathas, bread toast, buns or pav.


To make gravy :  Add water to onion tomato masala along with 1 tablespoon cream and cook for couple of minutes and then add crumbled paneer.
Skip onion and garlic to make no onion no garlic version.
Add any vegetable of your choice along with paneer to make a nice bhurji with vegetables.
Swap paneer with crumbled tofu to make vegan version of this bhurji.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1409IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 1mg