25 minutes paneer bhurji gravy with curd

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Paneer bhurji gravy recipe with step wise pics – this is a spiced and easy to prepare scrambled cottage cheese in a gravy or curry base.

Paneer bhurji is usually a dry or semi dry recipe. this gravy or curry version is slightly different than the way the Dry paneer bhurji is made. Fairly simple and easy and you don’t need to grind or puree anything. This recipe is my mom’s recipe of making the bhurji with a Tari or Rassa or gravy.

paneer bhurji gravy recipe

What sets apart this paneer bhurji gravy recipe is the sauteing of whole garam masala first and this is what gives the final dish an aromatic flavor. Also fresh curd/yogurt is added in this recipe.

I have used butter for sauteing, but you can also use oil. We also add green peas to this recipe at times. Wherever possible, I have mentioned substitutes in the notes section of recipe card.

Serve this paneer bhurji gravy with rotis or parathas. This spiced curry also goes very well with bread or pav.

How to make paneer bhurji gravy in 25 minutes

1. Crumble 200 to 250 grams paneer/cottage cheese and keep aside.

paneer for paneer bhurji gravy recipe

2. Heat 2 tbsp butter or oil in a pan.

butter for paneer bhurji gravy recipe

3. Add the whole spices – 1 inch cinnamon, 3 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 5 to 6 black peppercorns and 2 small tej patta or 1 medium to large tej patta. Saute till the spices become aromatic.

spices for paneer bhurji gravy recipe

4. Add ½ cup finely chopped onion.

onions for paneer bhurji gravy recipe

5. Stir very well.

making paneer bhurji masala

6. Saute the onions till light golden.

onions for paneer bhurji recipe

7. Add 1 green chili (finely chopped) and 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste.

ginger for paneer bhurji recipe

8. Saute till the aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

making paneer bhurji

9. Now add ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for paneer bhurji recipe

10. Stir very well.

making paneer bhurji gravy

11. Saute till the tomatoes soften and you see oil releasing from the sides of the masala.

preparing paneer bhurji recipe

12. Add 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp garam masala powder.

spices for paneer bhurji recipe

13. Mix the spice powders very well with the rest of the ingredients.

making paneer bhurji recipe

14. Lower the flame and now add 3 tbsp fresh curd/yogurt.

curd for paneer bhurji recipe

15. As soon as you add curd, stir quickly and briskly till all the curd is incorporated with the rest of the onion-tomato masala.

making paneer bhurji curry

16. Then add ½ cup water and stir.

water for paneer bhurji recipe

17. Add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.

coriander for paneer bhurji recipe

18. Mix and stir again.

making paneer bhurji gravy

19. Bring the curry or gravy to a simmer for 1 to 2 minutes on a low to medium flame.

making paneer bhurji gravy

20. Then add the crumbled paneer.

paneer for paneer bhurji gravy

21. Add salt.

salt for paneer bhurji gravy

22. Stir very well and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes till the paneer is cooked.

making paneer bhurji gravy

23. Switch off and add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and 1 tsp ginger julienne.

making paneer bhurji gravy

24. Stir very well and Serve paneer bhurji gravy with chapati, rotis, paratha or bread.

paneer bhurji gravy
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25 Minutes Paneer Bhurji Gravy with curd
5 from 7 votes
This Paneer bhurji curry with curd is quick, easy and spiced recipe of scrambled cottage cheese in a curry base.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Course: Main Course, Side Dish

Servings 3 to 4

Ingredients

main ingredients for paneer bhurji gravy

  • 200 to 250 grams paneer (cottage cheese) - crumbled
  • 2 medium onion or 1 large onion, finely chopped or ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes or 1 large tomato, finely chopped or ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green chili - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 3 tablespoon fresh curd (yogurt)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves to be added later
  • 2 tablespoon butter or oil
  • ½ inch ginger - julienne for garnish
  • salt as required

whole garam masala for paneer bhurji gravy

  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 5 to 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 small tej patta or 1 medium to large tej patta (indian bay leaf)

Instructions

preparation for paneer bhurji gravy

  • Crumble 200 to 250 grams paneer and keep aside.
  • Chop the onions, tomatoes and green chillies. Keep aside.
  • Crush the ginger garlic in a mortar pestle and keep aside.
  • Also remove the whole spices and spice powders and keep aside.

making paneer bhurji gravy

  • Heat 2 tbsp butter or oil in a pan.
  • Add the whole spices - 1 inch cinnamon, 3 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 5 to 6 black peppercorns and 2 small tej patta or 1 medium to large tej patta. Saute till the spices become aromatic.
  • Then add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion. Stir very well.
  • Saute the onions till light golden.
  • Add the chopped green chilies and 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste.
  • Saute till the aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Now add 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes. Stir very well.
  • Saute till the tomatoes soften and you see oil releasing from the sides of the masala.
  • Add 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1/4 tsp garam masala powder.
  • Stir the ground spices well.
  • Keep the flame to its lowest, and now add 3 tbsp fresh curd/yogurt.
  • As soon as you add curd, stir quickly and briskly.
  • Then add 1/2 cup water and stir.
  • Add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. Stir.
  • Bring the curry or gravy to a simmer.
  • Then add the crumbled paneer. Also add salt.
  • Stir very well and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes till the paneer is cooked.
  • Switch off and add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.
  • Stir very well and Serve paneer bhurji gravy with chapati, rotis, paratha or bread.

Notes

Substitutes for paneer bhurji gravy recipe:
  • 200 to 250 grams paneer - 200 to 250 grams of tofu
  • 2 tbsp butter - 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp curd/yogurt - skip altogether and add about ¼ to ½ tsp lemon juice. You can also add 3 tbsp buttermilk. Or use 3 tbsp cashew yogurt or almond yogurt.
  • ½ tsp red chili powder - ½ tsp cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 12gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 359mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 820IUVitamin B1 (Thiamine): 1mgVitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 1mgVitamin B3 (Niacin): 1mgVitamin B6: 1mgVitamin B12: 1µgVitamin C: 19mgVitamin E: 2mgVitamin K: 15µgCalcium: 381mgVitamin B9 (Folate): 28µgIron: 1mgMagnesium: 24mgPhosphorus: 60mgZinc: 1mg

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