Has it ever happened that you are all set to photograph a dish and you start getting those hungry stares from all around you?? Well it happens to me everytime I try photographing something made out of Paneer. There have been times that I have just stopped photographing the dish just to avoid those "I am so starved stares" from S, Purvi and even my maid. This happened when I was trying to photograph Paneer jalfrezi and this happend when I was photographing Paneer bhurji. My husband despite having a heavy breakfast, felt starved when he saw me shooting this dish. Every minute S kept asking me if I was done and when lunch would be served. Purvi got herself a spoon and wanted to have a spoon straight from the bowl. By the end of the ten minute shoot. They both managed to make me feel like some sadistic woman who was keeping her family away from food. It took me a lot of effort to focus properly in order to take some decent shots. Does this happen to any of you? If it does, then how do you handle the situation. Do let me know.
As for this dish, this is a very easy dish to put together. Paneer bhurji or scrambled Paneer is one dish that can be easily put together when you are pressed for time. Despite being simple, this dish is rich and full of flavour. This makes an ideal side dish for rotis and breads
Paneer Bhurji Recipe:
Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time: 10min
Cottage cheese or Paneer- 250gm, crumbled
Onion- 1 large, blanched and pureed
Tomato- 2 med, blanched and pureed
Cashew paste- 1 tbsp
Green chilli- 1, chopped fine
Ginger-garlic paste- 1tsp
Coriander-cumin powder-1 tsp
Paprika powder- 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf- 1
Salt- to taste
Sugar- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric or haldi- 1/4tsp
Garam masala- 1/4tsp
Milk- 1/2 cup
Kasuri methi- 1/2tsp
Oil or ghee- 2tbsp
Coriander leaves to garnish
- Heat oil or ghee in thick bottomed pan. Add the bay leaf and saute for a few secs. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
- Add onion paste and fry for a min. Stir in the cashew paste and saute for two more min.
- After the mixture changes colour, add the tomato paste and mix well.
- Add the chopped green chilli, turmeric piowder, Coriander cumin powder, salt, sugar, red chilli powder and mix well.
- Stir in the crumbled paneer and milk and allow the mixture to simmer for 2 min
- Add the garam masala and kasuri methi and mix well.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis.
Note: Pureed onions can be replaced with chopped onions