Paneer bhurji is basically a delicious side-dish. Paneer is the cottage cheese or farmer’s cheese. Bhurji means scramble. Hence, paneer bhurgi is made from scrambled cottage cheese. Paneer is a delightful option for vegetarians. Not to mention its high nutrient content. This is one of my favorite cottage cheese recipes and it is absolutely lip-smacking. The soft and spicy crumbs of paneer will melt in your mouth, leaving a rich memory to your taste buds.
Paneer bhurji turns out best when you make it from home-made paneer.
|How to Make Paneer at Home?
Making home-made paneer is really simple. Just boil 1.5 liters of whole milk and add 1 cup of sour curd to it. Keep stirring on low flame for 2-3 minute. Switch off the flame and let it stand for 2 more minutes till the milk curdles completely. Strain the mixture using a muslin cloth to separate the whey.
Using 1 tbsp of lemon juice instead of curd will also do. However, using curd will give you better paneer. When using lemon juice, you will need to wash the paneer lightly under the tap just for a few seconds. Gently squeeze the water out. Doing so will remove the residual sour taste from lemon.
And now you have soft and fresh crumbled paneer at your hand within minutes. This is how you make paneer at home. 1.5 liters of full-cream milk normally yields 400 grams of paneer. You may need to adjust the quantity of curd / lemon juice depending upon the fat content of the milk.
Now, let’s come back to the recipe. This is a recipe for two persons. I used 350 grams of paneer.
|Ingredients – Paneer bhurji
How to Make Paneer Bhurji
You might be wondering that we used too many spice powders. Paneer is a milky ingredient. It absorbs the flavors really well. It also tends to neutralize the hotness of spices. So, you do not need to worry about this dish turning out too spicy. We have maintained the quantity at minimal amount. Nevertheless, you can increase or decrease the amount of spices to suit your palate. After all, cooking is all about tinkering the food to your liking.
Hope you enjoyed reading this Paneer bhurji recipe. Give it a try and let us know how it turned out for you. We will be coming up with more yummilicious recipes. Stay tuned.