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Paneer Khurchan

Rita Arora
15 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Paneer Khurchan RECIPE

Paneer Khurchan is a Traditional Punjabi Dish. The term Khurchan means the spices that stick to the bottom which are to be scraped off. The dish is delectable and uses basic spices.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Dinner Party
  • Punjabi
  • Sauteeing
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 300 grams cottage cheese (Paneer) cut into strips
  2. 2 medium sized onions cut into strips
  3. 2 small tomatoes finely chopped
  4. 1-2 medium green bell pepper finely sliced
  5. 3-4 cloves of garlic finely minced
  7. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  8. 1 tsp black cumin seeds
  9. 1 tbsp fenugreek leaves powder
  10. 3 tbsp tomato puree
  11. 2 tbsp Fresh cream
  12. 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
  13. Juice of half a lemon
  14. salt to taste
  15. 2 tbsp refined oil


  1. In a wok, heat the oil on a high flame. Reduce the heat and add the garlic, black cumin seed to the hot oil. Fry for a minute.
  2. Once the onions are fried and soft, add the tomatoes. Mix the tomatoes well. Add in the salt. Mix well again. Cook them covered for about 5 minutes. The tomatoes will turn soft and mushy. Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and fenugreek powder.
  3. Mix well. Add a little water if necessary or if your spice mix sticks to the bottom of the pan. In that case cook till the water is all dried up. Cook Spices for 3 minutes. Add the tomato puree. Mix and cook for 3 minutes and add the sliced green bell pepper. Mix well and cook covered for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the fresh cream and mix everything well. Make sure to do this on a low flame or the cream may curdle. As soon as you add the cream, colour of the gravy will change to a shade lighter. Add in the cottage cheese.
  5. Mix everything well. You can also add a little water if the gravy is too thick for you. Allow the cottage cheese to stick to the bottom of the pan. Once it sticks, scrape it off and mix. Repeat 2-3 times. This will lend the dish a smoky flavour.
  6. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix well. Finally sprinkle the coriander leaves, mix well and cook for 4 minutes.

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Sapna Arora
Sapna Arora   Mar-29-2017

Excellent recipe.

Surinder Kaur
Surinder Kaur   Aug-22-2016

very nice recipy.

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