Paneer Khurchan Recipe, How to Make Paneer Khurchan at Home

Paneer Khurchan Recipe, How to Make Paneer Khurchan at Home

Paneer Khurchan Recipe with video and step by step photos for easy understanding.

It is a North Indian curry mostly found in the menus of restaurants and dhabas. Paneer is the major source of protein for vegetarians and I like to cook it in different ways. Paneer Khurchan is an easy mains dish which goes well with roti, puri, naan, paratha or any Indian bread.

I once cooked this recipe randomly and when I served it to my husband, and he loved it. It reminded him of one of his favourite restaurants as a kid. Since then whenever I make paneer at home his first demand would be Paneer Khurchan. I also don’t mind making it as I love it too and it is very simple, easy and quick to make this version of paneer or cottage cheese.

It makes for a great lunchbox recipe and an easy weekday dinner recipe as well.

Another interesting paneer dish that I cook often is – Palak Paneer Paratha Recipe

 

Paneer Khurchan Recipe

 

Video Recipe –

 

 

What is Paneer Khurchan –

Paneer khurchan is a recipe prepared with onion, tomato, capsicum and few spices. After adding paneer, the sabzi is left untouched on a high flame for 1-2 mins, then it is scrapped (khurachana in Hindi) from the bottom using a sharp-edged spatula, hence the name ‘khurchan’. This helps in making paneer crisp and brown from the bottom giving it a nice bite.

 

Paneer Ingredients

 

How to Prepare –

To do the initial preparation for Paneer Khurchan, slice onions, tomatoes and capsicum. Finely chop green chilli and coriander leaves and make ginger garlic paste. Make sure that the paneer is fresh else dip it in lukewarm water for 8 – 10 mins. This will help paneer to get softer. Keep ready the spices and other ingredients as mentioned in recipes.

 

Other recipes you may like –

Restaurant Style Bhindi Masala

Punjabi Style Khatti Meethi Kaddu ki Sabzi

Aloo Chaat Recipe

Masale Bhat Recipe

 

How to make Paneer Khurchan –

To make paneer khurchan heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add ginger-garlic paste, finely chopped green chilli and coriander leaves. Cook for a min. Now add sliced onion and cook for 2 mins on a low flame.

Next, add sliced tomatoes and capsicum and cook for another 2 mins. Then add in the spices, mix well. Add some water and give it a boil. Finally, add paneer and cook on high flame for 2 mins. Finish it with some coriander leaves, fresh cream and grated paneer.

 

Paneer Khurchan Recipe

 

Things to keep in mind while making paneer (cottage cheese) dish–

1. To make any paneer recipe it is must to have fresh and soft paneer.
2. Do not over-cook the paneer.
3. For this recipe, do not stir or flip a lot. As the name suggests, khurchan, it should stick to the bottom of the pan and then scraped (khurachna). This gives paneer a crispy texture.
4. Do not over-cook vegetables. Cook them on high flame to retain the crunch.
5. Cook on a heavy bottom pan for best results.
6. Use whey if available, for better taste.

 

Step by Step Paneer Khurchan Recipe –

• Heat ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter.

 

Paneer Recipe

 

• To it, add ginger-garlic paste, finely chopped green chilli and coriander leaves. Cook for a min on a low flame.

 

Restaurant Style Paneer Recipe

 

• Next, add sliced onion. Mix well. Cook for a min or two.

 

 Restaurant Style Sabzi

 

• Also, add sliced capsicum and tomato. Mix well and cook for 2-3 mins on a high flame.

 

Paneer Recipe

 

• To flavour it, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi and salt.

 

Cottage Cheese Recipe

 

• Mix everything well. Add whey (residue of paneer) or water.

• Give it a boil on a high flame.

 

Indian Curry Recipe

 

• Finally, add paneer and mix well.

• Cook for 2 mins on a high flame. Do not stir.

• Now scrape(khurachana) paneer from the bottom of the pan and mix. The paneer will turn slightly brown and crispy.

• Finish with fresh cream, grated paneer and finely chopped coriander leaves.

• Serve hot with roti, paratha or puri.

 

Paneer Khurchan Recipe

 

 

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Paneer Khurchan Recipe

Paneer Khurchan is an easy restaurant-style recipe prepared using onion, capsicum and tomato.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
0 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients

  • Oil or Ghee preferred - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 Tsp
  • Finely Chopped Green Chilli & Coriander
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1 Tsp
  • Sliced Onion - 1 Medium Size
  • Sliced Capsicum - 1 Medium Size
  • Sliced Tomato - 1 Large
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 Tsp
  • Kasuri- 1 Tsp (Dried Fenugreek leaves Methi)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water or Whey - 2 - 3 Tbsp
  • Diced Paneer - 150 gm
  • Finely Chopped Coriander - 1 Tbsp
  • Grated Paneer - 1 Tbsp
  • Fresh Cream or Malai - 1 Tbsp

Instructions

  • Heat ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, finely chopped green chilli and coriander leaves. Cook for a min on a low flame.
  • Add sliced onion. Mix well. Cook for a min or two.
  • Add sliced capsicum and tomato. Mix well and cook for 2-3 mins on a high flame.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi and salt.
  • Mix everything well. Add whey (residue of paneer) or water.
  • Give it a boil on a high flame.
  • Add paneer and mix well.
  • Cook for 2 mins on a high flame. Do not stir.
  • Now scrape(khurachana) paneer from the bottom of the pan and mix. The paneer will turn slightly brown and crispy.
  • Finish with fresh cream, grated paneer and finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with roti, paratha or puri.

Video

Notes

• Cooks best in a heavy bottom pan.
• Always adjust spices as per your taste.
• Do not overcook the vegetables.
• Tastes best in ghee.
• Always use fresh paneer.
• Use whey or water as required to adjust the consistency as per taste.


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