Tonight I couldn't decide what to make for dinner when my friend Aditi sends me a picture of her dinner: paneer bhurji and paratha. I'm like "kya hai?" It's basically cheese, onions, tomatoes and peppers all fried up and served with flat bread. I know in that instance that I've got to have some. Considering I've never actually ate bhurji (to my recollection) and the fact I live in the middle of freaking nowhere (I had to substitute panela for paneer), I think my little foray into let's try new things was a success. Now go make some bhurji and watch some Bollywood on my behalf!
1 package of paneer**
3 jalapenos (my version is quite spicy, adjust as necessary)
3 Arbol dried red peppers
1/4 stick of butter (or oil)
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
pinch of salt and pepper
pinch (or 2) of cayenne pepper
pinch of cumin seeds
pinch of ginger (or grated ginger)
- Chop the veggies and with spices, fry in butter (ghee)/oil until nice and brown.
- Crumble the paneer into pan and fry till soft and brown.
- Garnish with a bit of cilantro and serve with flat bread.
**If you're in a pinch and can't access paneer from India, go to Wal-Mart and look for Panela in the Mexican section. It's very similar.
I'm also told that you can add eggs to the bhurji both with and without the paneer.