Beginners Guide To Make Best The Paneer Bhurji At Home
If you are a paneer fan, this one is for you. If you do not quite fancy paneer, you must try this out. It might just melt your heart. Paneer or cottage cheese, lends itself to quite a variety of dishes. Fry it, grill it, barbeque it; cook it dry or put it in gravy; combine it with peas, capsicum, spinach, potatoes or mushroom; make it spicy, make it sweet… One such dish is the paneer bhurji. Easy to make and full of taste and health. Since paneer is made of milk, it is naturally rich in calcium. Paneer is also a very good source of protein for those who don’t eat meat. It strengthens bones and teeth. The protein in this dairy product supports muscle growth. Milk also has other nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin B12 and vitamin A. It is also diabetes friendly. Since paneer is low on carb and high on protein, it ensures that the energy is released in small amounts into the body without any spikes in the blood sugar levels. This is unlike certain foods which release a burst of energy that peaks fast and dies down as quickly. 100 grams of paneer has 127 milligrams of calcium, 161 milligrams of potassium and 101 milligrams of phosphorous. Phosphorous works with calcium for stronger bones. It has 4.60 milligrams of cholesterol. You can either buy paneer from the market or make your own. It comes in air tight packets across brands. It is also sold fresh and by weight. To make your own paneer, all you need is milk and lemon juice.
- Boil some milk and add lemon juice.
- Stir well until the milk curdles and small mounds start forming.
- If needed, add more lemon juice, so that all the milk curdles.
- Drain it with a muslin cloth and tie up the cloth.
- Hang the paneer for 10- 15 minutes for all the whey water to drain out. This is needed for the paneer to solidify. Some prefer to place a weight over the cloth instead of hanging it for faster results. You can refrigerate the solidified paneer overnight.
- 200 grams of shredded paneer
- 1.5 tablespoon of oil or butter
- ½ teaspoon of jeera or cumin seeds
- 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon of grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon of garlic paste 2 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped
- A pinch of turmeric powder
- ½ tablespoon of red chilli powder or finely chopped green chillies
- ½ tablespoon of garam masala powder (you can add as per taste)
- Salt to taste
- Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing