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Paneer bhurji served in a black wok with lime wedges and onion slices

Paneer bhurji

Paneer bhurji is a very tasty and quick vegetarian recipe from India. This easy gluten-free paneer dish is made with scrambled cottage cheese & green peas.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 421kcal


  • 1.5 cups paneer Indian cottage cheese
  • 0.5 cups frozen/ boiled green peas
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ tbsp coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil of your choice
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Crumble the paneer and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. When seeds stop spluttering add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few seconds.
  • Next, add the onion and cook till it becomes translucent. Add all the spices and salt, saute for a few seconds, stirring continuously to avoid burning of spices.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and green chilies, mix everything and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Once the tomatoes are done, add frozen peas. Cover the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or till peas are cooked.
  • Now, add paneer, mix and cover the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then switch off the gas. Overcooking the paneer will make it chewy so avoid doing that.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with roti, paratha or any Indian bread of your choice.


  • You can also use fresh green peas in this recipe, but in that case either boil them first and then use them in the dish or add them before adding the ginger garlic paste so that the peas get slightly fried in the oil. Otherwise, cooking fresh peas will take time.
  • Don't overcook paneer otherwise it will turn rubbery.
  • If you feel that your paneer bhurji has become very dry, add some milk and cook for a few minutes.


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 564mg | Iron: 1mg