Shredded Paneer and Peas

June 22, 2010

paneer bhurji

What happens when you put rectangles of paneer through your food processor with the shredder blade on? You end up with soft piles of stringy tendrils of paneer. What happens when you saute soft piles of stringy tendrils of paneer? It becomes soft and gooey creamy cheesy deliciousness. That then gets eaten quickly.

Update: I didn’t originally share a recipe for this…I thought I could get away without one like Jennifer from Last Night’s Dinner.  But a few people have asked, and I feel bad not sharing.  I’ve only made this once, and it was a bit on the fly but here’s the recipe from memory.


Shredded Paneer and Peas

(~6 Servings)

1 block paneer (let it come room temperature)
1 small yellow/white onion, coarsely diced
1 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups frozen peas (or 1 box)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 cup milk (optional)

Cut the paneer into small inch long sticks that will fit through the food processor.  Fit your food processor with the shredder blade and shred the paneer.  You can do this by hand with a grater but it will probably take forever.  If you don’t have a food processor, try letting the paneer come to room temperature then crumbling it by hand.

In a wide skillet, heat about a tablespoon of oil.  Add the onions and cook on medium heat until glassy, about 5-8 minutes.  Add the tomato and cook until the tomatoes melt, about another 5-8 minutes.  Add the peas and cook until softened.  Stir in the paneer and all of the spices.  Stir in the milk and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Variations: Try substituting mushrooms or crunchy corn for the peas then spreading the paneer mixture on crunchy triangles of toast with a hot cup of tea.

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Sabera June 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

This looks SO tempting! It’s such a co-incidence – I just posted a Paneer recipe on my blog too. Lovinngg the pics on your blog. Definitely one I’m going to visit more often!

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kalva June 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

nice recipe. love the color

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vanamala June 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Nice one…

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Gwen June 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Hi there!
This paneer dish looks delicious! I just found your website which happily coincides with my interest and foray into Indian cooking. I live in the southwest and we thankfully have one international market where I can find things like asafetida and besan flour. I have a question though-what is “lal mirch”? a spice? And also, I tried making pooris (puris?) and although several of them had giant puffed up bubbles, they were still flat, except for one that was actually saucer shaped. Is it a question of having really, super hot oil or an issue with the dough? (I used besan, vegetable oil and a pinch of salt).

Thank you so very much! I look forward to trying your recipes : )

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nithya June 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

@Gwen – That’s great that you found an international market. Having the right ingredients for Indian cooking are half of the battle. Lal Mirch literally translates into Red Chili. It’s red chili powder, which is like cayenne pepper. As for your second question, I’m no puri expert but I did consult with my mom and dad. Unfortunately all that I learned is that a number of things can contribute to puris having puffed up bubbles but still being flat. This happens if the oil isn’t hot enough and if the consistency of the dough is off. The ingredients in your puri though sound right!

Good luck with your venture into Indian cooking. Keep me posted!

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sheba June 24, 2010 at 7:22 am

It looks oooh sooo tempting. Thanks foe a great recipe

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MK June 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Is there an actual recipe for this somewhere? I can’t see it…. and I’m dying to make it because it looks so good!

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nithya June 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

@MK – Ok so you’re the first to notice I cheated and didn’t include a recipe! I made this on the fly so the recipe isn’t tested and true but I’ll add it up above so you can give it a shot. With melty paneer, I don’t think you can go wrong.

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Amy B. June 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm

You got me at creamy cheesy deliciousness! ROAR. Gosh, I just love cheese. Good job, thanks for sharing 🙂

By the way, as a food blogger, you might want to attend this year’s International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle on August 27-29. It will sure be a great experience from you and you’ll learn a lot from the speakers. You can find more info here.

Hope to see you there, and keep on blogging! 🙂

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Parita July 5, 2010 at 5:58 am

Delicious and tempting curry, looks all tasty!

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Lawyer Loves Lunch July 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

I LOVE the “about” section of your blog. I always want to use the term “desi” randomly but hesitate because I’m not sure how to explain it. Now, I’ll just refer to your description! Oh, and this recipe = winner! 🙂

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nithya July 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm

@Lawyer Loves Lunch – Love the name of your blog 🙂

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