One of our family favourite’s – Paneer bhurji. Imagine scrambled eggs or egg bhurji, without the eggs. Instead – Crumbled or grated paneer or Indian farmers/curd cheese, stir fried along with onions, tomatoes, green chillies, bell peppers and spices.
I get inspired to make this dish because of it’s versatility. If I need to finish any small and leftover bits of fresh vegetables lying in my fridge, this dish is on the menu for the day. Half a bell pepper, a few stray greens like spinach or kale, one lone stalk of green onions, it all goes into my paneer bhurji. A great way to get those veggies inside your belly, especially kids.
It’s a simple, no fuss, healthy and vegetarian favourite, delicious and wholesome. Goes best with any Indian bread, parantha, naan or roti. The leftovers are equally versatile- transform it into a filling for a grilled panini sandwich, or stuffing in a parantha, even mix it along with potatoes for a delicious aloo tikki or potato cutlet.
Paneer, crumbled or grated – 3 cups. I use a regular hand grater.
Finely chopped green bell pepper – 1 cup
1 small tomato, chopped
Finely chopped onions – 3/4 cup
2 stalks green onions or scallions, chopped
1 tsp. finely minced garlic
1 tsp. finely minced jalapeño or green chili
1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or fresh coriander, to garnish
3/4 tsp. cumin seeds
3/4 tsp. garam masala powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
Salt and black pepper powder to taste
1 tbsp. olive oil
Heat oil in a non stick pan over medium heat. Add the onions and stir fry for a few minutes till they start turning pink. Add the garlic and green chillies and sauté for a minute. Add cumin seeds. Add the bell peppers. Add coriander, turmeric and chili powders. Sauté for a couple of minutes.
Add the tomatoes and peas.
Cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Remove lid and add the paneer.
Add salt and pepper and cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Add garam masala powder, stir well. Garnish with chopped green onions and cilantro.