paneer khurchan recipe, how to make paneer khurchan

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paneer khurchan recipe - easy, quick and delicious north indian semi dry curry made with paneer in a onion-tomato-capsicum base.

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paneer khurchan recipe with step by step photos – easy, quick and delicious north indian semi dry curry made with paneer in a onion-tomato-capsicum base. this is a north indian punjabi paneer recipe which at times you will find in dhabas and restaurants.

paneer khurchan recipe

to make paneer khurchan is very easy and just takes about 30 minutes. all you need is paneer and veggies like capsicum, tomatoes and onion, including the regular indian spices.

the word ‘khurchan’ is derived from the hindi word “khurachna” which means ‘to scrape’. so the dish is basically scraped paneer in a semi dry sauce or gravy of onion, tomatoes and bell pepper.

there are quite a number of variations of making paneer khurchan and this is my own version. mildly spiced, tangy from the tomatoes with a faint sweetness from the onions, bell pepper and cream.

to make paneer khurchan, you need a heavy and thick bottomed iron tawa/griddle. you can also use steel or aluminium tawa. the tawa should not be thin from the bottom as then the paneer will get browned quickly and burn too. you can also use a thick bottomed iron or steel kadai. the recipe cannot be made in non stick pans. here i have used iron tawa.

paneer khurchan goes best with chapatis, tandoori rotis or naan. also remember to drizzle in some lime juice before serving.

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paneer khurchan recipe
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paneer khurchan recipe

paneer khurchan recipe - easy, quick and delicious north indian semi dry curry made with paneer in a onion-tomato-capsicum base.

course main course
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 25 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 3 to 4
rough calories per serving 347 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 250 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 90 to 100 grams onions Or about 2 medium onions Or ½ cup heaped sliced onions
  • 150 grams tomato Or 1 large tomato Or 2/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large green capsicum (bell pepper or shimla mirch) Or 100 grams capsicum Or ½ cup chopped capsicum
  • 1 inch ginger (adrak) - julienne
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch) - slit
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder) or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - crushed
  • 1 tablespoon low fat cream (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  • 1.5 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

preparation for paneer khurchan recipe

  1. slice 250 grams of paneer into batons or strips about an inch.
  2. chop all the veggies. slice the onions thinly. chop the tomatoes and cut the capsicum in small cubes. 

  3. slit the green chilies & julienne the 1 inch ginger. reserve a few ginger julienne for garnish.

making paneer khurchan

  1. heat 1.5 tbsp oil in medium to large iron tawa. don't use non stick pan. you can also use thick bottomed iron or steel kadai.
  2. add the sliced onions and saute them till they turn translucent.
  3. then add the capsicum cubes and chopped tomatoes.
  4. keep on sauteing and stirring them for about about 7 to 8 minutes on a low flame.
  5. the tomatoes need to get softened and the capsicum just about cooked.
  6. then add the spice powders - 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1/4 tsp garam masala powder, a generous pinch of asafoetida and salt.
  7. stir the spice powders very well with the sauteed onion tomato capsicum mixture.
  8. add the slit green chilies and ginger julienne. stir.
  9. then add the paneer strips.
  10. stir very well and increase the flame to high. paneer will leave moisture once you mix them with the rest of the masala base.
  11. with a spatula, align and place each paneer strip touching the tawa, so that they are cooked evenly as well as get bit golden from the base.
  12. cook for a minute and then scrape the paneer strips from the base. reduce the flame if everything starts to get brown quickly
  13. turn over and let the other side get browned a bit.
  14. again scrape and stir. keep on scraping if you see the paneer or onion-tomato bits on the tawa. a note is not to cook too much as then the paneer would harden. the scraping as well as flipping has to be done quickly.
  15. lastly add 1 tbsp low fat cream and 1/2 tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves, crushed. the cream is optional and if you don't have just skip it.
  16. switch off the flame and stir very well again.
  17. add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and mix them with the paneer khurchan. you can also garnish paneer khurchan with coriander leaves instead of mixing them.
  18. serve paneer khurchan hot sprinkled with some lime juice and the reserved ginger julienne, along with some chapatis, tandoori rotis or naan.

how to make paneer khurchan

1. slice 250 grams of paneer/cottage cheese into an inch batons or strips.

paneer, cottage cheese

2. chop all the veggies. 2 medium onions, thinly sliced. 1 large tomato, chopped. 1 large capsicum/bell pepper, cut in small cubes. 1 or 2 green chilies & 1 inch ginger, julienne. reserve a few ginger julienne for garnish.

vegetables for paneer khurchan recipe

3. heat 1.5 tbsp oil in medium to large iron tawa. don’t use non stick pan. you can also use a thick bottomed iron or steel kadai.

oil for paneer khurchan recipe

4. add the sliced onions and stir.

onions for paneer khurchan recipe

5. saute them till they turn translucent.

onions for paneer khurchan recipe

6. then add the capsicum cubes and chopped tomatoes.

vegetables for paneer khurchan recipe

7. stir very well.

stir - making paneer khurchan

8. keep on sauteing and stirring them for about about 7 to 8 minutes on a low flame.

sauting paneer khurchan masala

9. the tomatoes need to get softened and the capsicum just about cooked.

sauting paneer khurchan masala

10. then add the spice powders – ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp cumin powder, ¼ tsp garam masala powder, a generous pinch of asafoetida and salt. for a spicy version, increase the amount of red chili powder and garam masala powder.

spices for paneer khurchan recipe

11. stir the spice powders very well with the sauteed onion tomato capsicum mixture.

stir paneer khurchan masala

12. add the slit green chilies and ginger juliennes. you can also add 1 or 2 more of the green chilies, if you prefer.

chillies for paneer khurchan recipe

13. stir.

stir paneer khurchan masala

14. then add the paneer strips.

paneer for paneer khurchan recipe

15. stir very well and increase the flame to high. paneer will leave moisture once you mix them with the rest of the masala base.

mix paneer khurchan masala

16. with a spatula, align and place each paneer strip touching the tawa, so that they are cooked evenly as well as get bit golden from the base.

cooking paneer khurchan

17. cook for a minute and then scrape the paneer strips from the base. reduce the flame if everything starts to get brown quickly. turn over and let the other side get browned a bit.

making paneer khurchan recipe

18. again scrape and stir. keep on scraping if you see the paneer or onion-tomato bits on the tawa. a note is not to cook too much as then the paneer would harden. the scraping as well as flipping has to be done quickly. scrape all the bits and pieces of paneer as well as the onion, tomato and capsicum.

making paneer khurchan recipe

19. lastly add 1 tbsp low fat cream and ½ tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves, crushed. the cream is optional and if you don’t have just skip it.

preparing paneer khurchan recipe

20. switch off the flame and stir very well again.

kasuri methi for paneer khurchan recipe

21. add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and stir. you can also garnish paneer khurchan with coriander leaves instead of mixing them.

making paneer khurchan recipe

24. serve paneer khurchan with rotis, paratha or naan.

paneer khurchan, paneer khurchan recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Please do share a small pictorial step of how to create ginger Julienne.
    Thanks

    • Welcome Meghà. I will post the recipe method.

  2. quite unique ,specially the scraping process.will try this recipe

    • thanks indrani

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  4. superb recepie and easy for unskilled person like me. thanku for making its app also ??

    • thankyou prachi for your kind and positive words 🙂

  5. Just awesome… ekdum restaurant style

    • thankyou neha 🙂