Paneer Burji or scrambled cottage cheese in Indian spices is one of those hassle free Indian dishes , that requires no soaking of cashews or grinding of the masalas. Its simple , pop some random vegetables along with onion , scramble a generous amount of paneer on it , Voila!! Your paneer burji is ready.
This dry dish makes for a great accompaniment with Butter roti or Phulkas.
|Shredded cottage cheese / paneer||200 grams|
|Rice bran oil / any cooking oil of your choice||3 tsps|
|Cumin seeds / jeera||1 tsp|
|Green chillies (slited vertically)||2|
|Big onion (finely chopped)||1|
|Ginger garlic paste||¼ tsp|
|Big tomatoes (finely chopped)||2|
|Turmeric powder||¼ tsp|
|Red chilly powder||¼ tsp|
|Garam masala||1 tsp|
|Green bell pepper (capsicum)||½ (finely chopped)|
|Chopped coriander leaves||For garnish|
- Shred the cottage cheese , finely chop the onion , tomatoes and green capsicum / bell pepper. Keep these ready.
- Take a wok , on medium heat , add rice bran oil. Once the oil gets heated add cumin seeds / jeera . After the jeera crackles add 2 slit green chillies. Saute this with finely chopped onion and ginger-garlic paste. The onion should change color or become translucent and the raw smell of the ginger-garlic paste should go. This will take about 2 minutes , continuously saute this to avoid browning of the onions.
- Now add the finely chopped tomatoes and saute them. Add all the powder ingredients (salt , turmeric , red chilly powder , sugar , coriander-cumin powder , garam masala) and saute these until the tomatoes become soft and it’ll start leaving out oil on the sides.
- Now add the chopped bell pepper / capsicum and saute this for about 1 minute. The bell pepper should be just about tender and at the same time it needs to be crunchy.
- Switch off the heat and add the shredded paneer and mix them evenly. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot.
For coriander-cumin powder , dry roast about 2 tbsps of coriander and cumin in a wok and grind this to a fine powder. You can use this powder for all types of North Indian dishes. This acts as a great substitute for garam masala. In case if you do not have garam masala just add an extra spoon of this powder into any gravy or dry dishes.