30-Minutes or Less!/ Recipes: Vegetarian

Paneer Bhurji (Scrambled Paneer)

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a muncher. You know, the kinds who can nosh through meal times over little bites of delicious finger food. Growing up, I clearly remember warm summer afternoons, or even cold winter ones for that matter, where we would often substitute our dinner for a platter of the most guilt-ridden snacks. Lovely fritters deep-fried till crisp and drowned in a tangy chutney, smoky char-grilled tikkas and kebabs, scrumptious sandwiches with the most amazing fillings – like this Paneer Bhurji, and of course, my personal favourites of deliciously spiced street foods.

Recipe for Paneer Burji (Scrambled Paneer), taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

As I grew older, my love for noshing grew wider, incorporating in it varied flavours, from every cuisine I ever had a go at. Friday nights for me meant junk night – wherein, strictly avoiding a proper 3-course meal for dinner, I would instead opt for a plateful of wings, fries, or on many occasions, samosas. It was the only way I knew how to have a Friday night meal. Anything else seemed totally hideous.

When I first met Hubby Dear, I was super excited to know that like me, he too grew up in a household where good food, and noshing was of high priority. Truly, matches are made in Heaven, but I’d like to believe that ours was cooked up in a 5-star kitchen filled with all things a culinary goddess could only dream of having.

With Little Dude in tow now, our Friday nights are not much different from those of a few years ago. There’s no denying the kid is a foodie, and good, tasty food like this Paneer Bhurji is just what gets him going! This past weekend, for Diwali, I wanted to indulge in something that wouldn’t leave me feeling guilt-ridden. Over the past few years, it has almost become a tradition in our home to have Paneer Bhurji as one of our festive meals, and that sounded perfect. Use it as a filling for sandwiches, scoop it up with tortilla or pita chips, or serve it as a side with rotis or naan.


Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 400 gms paneer, grated fine
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnish


  • Heat oil in a non-stick wok on medium-low heat and saute onions till tender and lightly browned. Add in spices, and fry for a few seconds till fragrant. Be careful not to let it burn.
  • Add in chopped tomato, and fry till it starts to soften. Add in paneer, season with salt, and stir fry till paneer is completely blended with the spices.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.

If you liked this recipe, you will surely like my Masala Egg Bhurji.

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