I stayed in a hostel for almost 5 years for my higher studies. On Sundays the ‘Mess’ would be open only for lunch. Dinner-we had to manage on our own. Some times I would carry out my culinary experiments on my roomie (She had to do the dishesJ ). We also frequented a nearby restaurant, which served good food and was easy on the pocket too! The restaurant was particularly famous for one dish…..Paneer Bhurji. I can’t forget the taste to date! I still can’t match the taste even if the ingredients are identical! I attribute this to the ‘Conscious Cooking’ we do at home.
So here’s Paneer Bhurji….for old time’s sake
A very healthy ,quick recipe, requires only a few ingredients and very less efforts…very filling too.
250 gms soft Paneer
1 medium sized onion chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes chopped
2 medium sized green capsicums chopped
1 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala
1tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Salt as per taste
For the tadka (tempering)
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp Cumene seeds
- Mash the paneer with your hands. In a pan heat oil. Temper with mustard seeds and then cumene seeds. Add the chopped onion and fry till the onion becomes translucent.Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till they turn mushy . Now add turmeric, Pav Bhaji masala and red chilli powder.Add the chopped capsicum and cook covered for 1-2 minutes.Do not overcook the capsicum.Let it be a little crunchy. Add salt and the mashed paneer and mix nicely. Cook for few minutes. Serve hot or cold.
- Paneer Bhurji can be served with Parathas or Rotis
- For variation stuff the Paneer Bhurji in a bun or a bread roll and top it with some ketchup….a healthy snack for your kids!