Amritsari Paneer Bhurji (Cottage cheese)by Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
Amritsari Paneer Bhurji, a North Indian Specialty!
It is a creamy and flavorful dish made with soft paneer, roasted gram flour, and a blend of aromatic spices that add a unique depth of flavour to the dish.
It is often served with bread and can be relished as a side dish or a main course.
You can usually find it at roadside stalls and prepared in Dhaba style, which adds to its widespread popularity.
Amritsari Paneer Bhurji is a great option for vegetarians and those looking for a protein-rich meal.
It is a simple dish that can be made quickly, making it a perfect choice for busy weeknights.
It's a tasty, irresistible dish that will keep you returning for more.
Warm 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over low-medium heat. Toast the gram flour until it turns golden brown, stirring constantly.
Once golden, blend in the Kashmiri red chilli powder, mix well, and transfer the paste to a bowl. Set aside.
Grate or crumble the cottage cheese (paneer) and set it aside.
In a skillet, melt butter with oil over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds, ginger and garlic. Saute until slightly brown.
Add chopped onions and green chillies, saute until onions become translucent.
Add tomatoes and salt. Cook until soft, then mix in yogurt.
Add roasted gram flour paste, coriander powder, red chilli powder, fenugreek leaves and turmeric powder. Cook until oil leaves the sides.
Pour in water, and bring to a boil. Add the paneer, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Adjust seasoning to taste. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and butter cubes (optional).
Turn off the heat, cover and let the bhurji rest for a few minutes to enhance flavours.
Pair the bhurji with bread, paratha or roti.
Tips & Tricks
Roast gram flour on low heat to prevent burning.
Adding gram flour gives a smooth texture to the gravy.
Combining oil with butter helps prevent it from burning.
Adjust spices according to your preference.
This recipe yields 3-4 servings, depending on the portion size.
The perfect balance of flavor and simplicity.