Paneer bhurji (Indian scrambled cottage cheese)

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Paneer bhurji is a popular Indian dish of scrambled paneer (Indian cottage cheese) cooked with herbs and spices. This diabetes-friendly version is healthy, delicious, quick and easy to prepare, and perfect for breakfast or a light lunch.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Serving size: 1 cup


  • Paneer (Indian cottage cheese), (200g) crumbled
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 green capsicum, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste, 1 tsp (5g)
  • Cumin seeds, 1 tsp (5g)
  • Garam masala, 1 tsp (5g)
  • Turmeric powder, ½ tsp (2.5g)
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp (15ml)
  • Fresh coriander leaves (for garnish), chopped


  1. Crumble the paneer and set aside.
  2. Finely chop the onion and tomato.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium-high heat, then add cumin seeds and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add the onions and sauté until golden brown, then add the ginger-garlic paste and green chilies.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft.
  6. Add the green capsicum, turmeric powder, and salt, mixing well.
  7. Add the crumbled paneer and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add the garam masala and cook for another minute.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Storage: Paneer bhurji is best enjoyed fresh. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a pan over a low heat before serving.

Nutritional information

Per serving:

Calories - 180kcal

Fat - 12g

Carbohydrate - 8g

Protein - 10g

Sodium - 300mg

Sugar - 3g

Fibre - 2g

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Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan is CEO of Virtual Clinic Dietitian-cell and a prominent dietitian. She's a specialist clinical dietetic, with a focus in global diabetes management. She's passionate about crafting diabetes-friendly recipes that are both tasty and healthful, and collaborates with major healthcare organizations and health periodicals.

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