basil. The flavour was unique and just as I love it – spicy with the pepper but not ‘hot’, minus the heat that you would get with a green or red chilli.
Paneer Bhurji is simple and yummy and my version is loaded with veggies. There are many more veggies than paneer so they balance out the fat from the paneer, and still give a nutrition packed high protein dish.
- 3 small onions
- 1 large carrot
- 1 large green bell pepper or capsicum
- 1-2 stalks celery
- 1 cup fresh corn kernels
- 1 cup green or sweet peas
- 2-3 tomatoes1/2 cup tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- 200g paneer or 1 packet tofu
- fresh bread rolls or hoagies
- Chop all the vegetables such as onions, carrots, celery, peppers and tomatoes in a small or medium dice.
- Chop or mince the garlic.
- Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a pan or wok and start adding the vegetables one by one. Add the carrots first since they will take the longest to cook.
- Saute the carrots for 2 minutes and add celery. Gradually add onions and saute till they change color. Add water or broth to avoid
- Add the bell peppers and fry some more. Add the corn and the peas. If you are using frozen sweet peas, add them at the end so they don't shrivel.
- Mix in the corn and peas and add garlic and chopped tomatoes. Mix and let this simmer until most of the tomatoes are cooked through.
- Add seasonings and the tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes. Let the mixture come together and simmer. Add salt to taste, and a pinch of sugar.
- Add crumbled paneer or tofu. Add half a cup water.
- Mix this in. As this simmers, this will have a 'sloppy' consistency. You can let it thicken as much as you want, depending on how robust your bread is, or how much of a mess you want to make while eating.
- Switch off the heat, and let this cool to room temperature.
- For serving, split the roll in half and ladle enough filling to make this a hearty sandwich. Enjoy!
- This can also be used a filling for regular bread, or in a burrito or wrap with some crunchy fresh veggies.