Cook's Hideout: Paneer Bhurji (Scrambled Paneer/ Indian Cottage Cheese)

October 11, 2015

Paneer Bhurji (Scrambled Paneer/ Indian Cottage Cheese)

Blogging Marathon# 57: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Food52 Contest Recipes from here
Dish: Paneer Bhurji
Today's winning recipe from Food52 is an easy to make Paneer bhurji. This recipe is a Wildcard contest winner and it sure tastes like a winner and can be whipped up in no time.
Scrambled Paneer/ Indian Cottage Cheese
I have made scrambled tofu but never tried scrambles paneer even though I've seen the recipe many times on various blogs. This recipe for paneer bhurji has veggies and spices to make it more substantial and is a great breakfast dish that can be made even on a weekday.

Scrambled Paneer/ Indian Cottage Cheese
In the original recipe, bhurji was served with toasted white artisan bread, but I only had whole grain bread on hand, so that's what I used. It is best to serve this dish hot or slightly warm because both the paneer and bread tend to get hard once cooled, so enjoy it as soon as it is cooked.
Scrambled Paneer/ Indian Cottage Cheese
Ingredients: Serves 2~3
Paneer - 1cup, crumbled
Shallot or Red onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Red Pepper - 1 small, finely chopped
Green chili - 1~2, finely chopped
Ginger - ½" piece, grated
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped
Ground Coriander - ½tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Garam masala - ½tsp
Salt - to taste
Cilantro - 2tbsp, finely chopped for garnish
Bread slices - 4~6 (I used whole grain bread)

  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a nonstick pan and fry the cumin seeds. Once the seeds are fragrant, add the ginger, green chili, onions and cook till the onions turn translucent.
  • Next add the red pepper and tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes are soft. 
  • Add the crumbled paneer, ground coriander, garam masala and salt. Stir, lower the heat, cover and allow to cook for about 8~10 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a serving plate and garnish with cilantro.
  • To make Buttered Toast: Butter the bread slices generously, then toast them on a tawa or griddle until nicely toasted and golden brown.
  • Serve the toast with the warm paneer bhurji. It is best to serve these hot or warm. Both the bhurji and toast tend to get hard when cooled, so enjoy right away!!
Scrambled Paneer/ Indian Cottage Cheese

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 57.


  1. I am a big fan of scrambled eggs. Paneer version is just as delicious.

  2. This used to be a favorite in my house. After reading your post I think I will make it again.

  3. I decided I would not select this Pavani..your pictures are so good!..very nice one..

  4. Our favorite sandwich filling!! Love it.

  5. like the veggies added to it - wont mind this for breakfast

  6. We love paneer bhurji and make it often. Yours looks absolutely stunning.

  7. Omg, your pictures are torturing me, lipsmacking here.

  8. yummy bhurji an awesome combination for bread

  9. We love this paneer bhurji and its often made , yours looks irresistible.

  10. This bhurji looks mouth watering! Amazing pics


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