Paneer Bhurji Gravy

Paneer Bhurji Gravy is a semi gravy dish made with paneer (Indian cottage cheese). Paneer Bhurji is a well known Indian recipe as it’s delicious and a quick one to make, this recipe is quite different from that as we make a very palatable tomato paste for it, which is so rich in flavours. Enjoy it with Phulkas, Parathas, Whole Wheat Naan or Jeera Rice

Also try: Palak Paneer Bhurji, Paneer Sweet Corn Bhurji, Aloo Paneer Bhurji or Paneer Bhurji.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 25 mins, Total – 35 mins

Servings: 2


  1. Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) – 200 grams (grated)
  2. Tomato – 2 large (roughly chopped)
  3. Ginger – 1 inch (roughly chopped)
  4. Garlic – 2 cloves (roughly chopped)
  5. Green Chilli – 2-3 (roughly chopped)
  6. Onion – 1 large (finely chopped)
  7. Black Cardamom – 1
  8. Bay Leaf – 1
  9. Cloves – 2
  10. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  11. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  12. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  13. Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  14. Kasuri Methi (Dried fenugreek leaves) – 2 tsp
  15. Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  16. Oil – 4 tbsp
  17. Water – 3/4 – 1 cup
  18. Cream – 2 tbsp
  19. Coriander leaves to garnish
  20. Salt to taste.

How to make Paneer Bhurji Gravy:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add black cardamom, cloves and bay leaf. Saute till aromatic
  2. Add chopped garlic, ginger and green chillies. Saute for a few seconds
  3. Add tomatoes and cook on medium flame till tomatoes are soft. Turn off the flame and let it cool down
  4. Now grind it to make a smooth paste. Strain it through a strainer by pressing it nicely to get the maximum gravy out of it, keep aside
  5. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan or a kadai. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter
  6. Add chopped onions and saute till golden brown
  7. Add tomato paste, coriander powder, red chilli powder and cumin powder. Mix and cook till oil starts to separate
  8. Add 3/4 cup water, you can add more as per desired consistency. Bring it to boil
  9. Add kasuri methi and cream. Mix well
  10. Add paneer, salt and garam masala powder. Mix and cook for 2-3 mins. Turn off the flame
  11. Add coriander leaves and mix. Your Paneer Bhurji Gravy is ready. Relish with phulka or paratha.


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