Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mashed broccoli & cottage cheese/Broccoli-paneer burji

I love broccoli where as my family prefers to avoid it. Hence I try to hide this vegetable. One trick that always work for me is to mix it with the vegetable that they absolutely love. I tweaked the Paneer Burji recipe by adding loads of my favorite spices. This gets done very fast & is a great side dish for phulkas or plain paratha (whole wheat Indian bread).

Bland paneer & broccoli becomes very flavorful with this spice powder & tastes great.The spice powder mentioned below comes handy while preparing many dishes.

Paneer/Indian cottage cheese: 1.5 cups, grated
Broccoli: 2 cups, shred
Green peas: a fistfsul, fresh or frozen (optional)
Oil: 1 tbsp
Garlic: 2 pods, minced
Onion: 1, med sized, finely chopped
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Kalonji/Nigella: 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder: 1/2 tsp, optional
Spice powder: 1 tbsp, refer below for the ingredients.
Salt: According to taste
Lemon juice: 1/2 tsp, optional.
Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp, finely chopped

For spice powder:
Fennel seeds: 1 tsp
Coriander seeds: 1 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder: 1 tsp
Garam masala: 1 tsp
Amchur powder: a big pinch

Spice powder:
Dry roast the fennel seeds, cumin seeds & coriander seeds. Allow them to cool. Make a fine powder of the dry roasted seeds. Scoop out the powder & mix the garam masala, red chili powder, amchur powder. Store this powder in a air-tight container. You could use this spice powder to make several types of stir-fry/sabzi or curry.

For burji:
  • Wash the broccoli. Drain it in a kitchen towel & shred/grate the broccoli.
  • Grate or mash the paneer. 
  • Heat oil in a broad wok/pan. When oil is hot, add cumin seeds. When seeds turn golden brown, add kalonji. Saute for 10secs. Throw in the garlic & saute till garlic turn golden. 
  • Add the onion & saute till the onions sweat (around 2-3 mins).
  • Add the shred broccoli, green peas to the oil & saute for 2-3mins.
  • Add the paneer, salt, spice powder, extra red chili powder & mix well. 
  • Cook the mixture on a medium flame for 5-7mins. Turn off the heat.
  • Add lemon juice, coriander leaves & mix.
  • Serve it hot with a bread of your choice.

The measurement mentioned for broccoli & paneer in this recipe is completely your choice. Adjust according to what you have at hand. 


  1. Good twist to regular burji indeed. Looks yummy Sushma.

  2. Nice recipe with twist...look gud

  3. unusual combo.. paneer paired with anything tastes great..

  4. good combination will try it out n both r my fav items..

  5. very new and interesting one.Adding brocolli makes it very healthy too

  6. Delicious twist,looks yummy and healthy too.

  7. Lovely combo...interesting and very healthy!!

  8. Looks lovely Sush and grt idea too I do run out of ideas when i cook brocoli will try this soon:)

  9. Nice combo and nice recipe!



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