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Paneer bhurji in a black skillet.

Paneer Bhurji (Turmeric Cottage Cheese Scramble)

Super fast Paneer Bhurji or cottage cheese scramble with turmeric and spices for an easy to make Indian breakfast. One pan and ready in 15 minutes!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine North Indian
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 380kcal
Author Richa


  • 2 cups Paneer crumbled or Cottage Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 to 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato finely chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander chopped (or Cilantro)


  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. As soon as the cumin seeds start spluttering, add onions and green chillies.
  • Saute for two to three minutes and add tomatoes, turmeric, coriander powder and salt. Once the tomatoes are cooked through and start almost melting, add the crumbled paneer and mix well. Cook for a minute or two and switch off the flame. Mix in chopped coriander and serve hot with slices of bread or hot chapatis.


  1. Variations: You can add bell peppers, green peas or mushrooms to this recipe as well! I like mine simple. Just add the vegetables to saute with onions and tomato.
  2. Adjust spice according to your taste by changing the quantity of the green chilli and red chilli powder. 
  3. Make and serve fresh, as it tends to get rubbery if left to sit out or stored for later.
  4. Here’s the recipe for Homemade Paneer or Cottage Cheese.  


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 554mg | Iron: 1mg