Paneer bhurji recipe for kids – how different can it be from the usual recipe?
Well, there can be a bit of difference, as it is a kid friendly recipe. But what has changed apart from the spice levels?
Find out as I reinvent the classic paneer bhurji recipe in today’s post. Whether your kids prefer sweet or savory, I have a recipe for both!
Paneer is my favorite dairy product. Most of the vegetarians I know, love paneer and mushroom. I am a pure vegetarian at home. So whenever I crave for non veg foods, I try them with paneer or mushroom. At times, I combine these two ingredients and make recipes like tawa fry, bhurji, curry and one pot meal etc.
I always try to use homemade paneer for my recipes. The reason – homemade paneer gives you great taste. With a bit of patience, you can make it at home and the quality, taste and texture will surely beat the store-bought stuff!
It is really easy too!!! Paneer can be prepared at home with milk by adding lemon, vinegar or curd. I prefer to make paneer with curd.
Do you want to know I make paneer at home? Read on….
How to make paneer?
To make paneer, you have to first take milk and boil it. When it is about to rise, just pour two to three spoons of curd. Keep on boiling till you notice the water (whey) separating from the milk.
Turn off the stove, filter the milk with a muslin cloth. Gather the corners and tie it in a tight ‘potli’. Next, place some weight on it for half an hour.
(I personally prefer making paneer with curd but as I mentioned before, you can make paneer with lemon and vinegar too).
Today, we are going to need crumbled paneer. So if you have frozen the homemade or store bought paneer and is wondering how to crumble paneer, I will tell you how. Just soak it in warm water for a 5 minutes and then crumble it.
If you think that making paneer is too much of a task, you have to read the benefits. Once you do, you will love it, for sure!
Great in protein, magnesium and calcium, its a must have for your kid’s bone and teeth growth.
Paneer bhurji recipe for kids – 2 ways
My daughters are not at all interested in eating paneer as I always make it by adding spices. I was worried as we are vegetarians and I didn’t want them to lose out on nutrition.
I constantly wondered how I could get them to eat paneer. After practically breaking my head for two-three days, I came up with an idea.
I had a brain wave and decided to make – SWEET PANEER BHURJI!!!
I had feeling that they would like it as my daughters love sweets (only jaggery based).
Believe me, it tasted very good and my kids loved it. When I shared the recipe with my friend, she was aghast! She wasn’t ready to accept this recipe. But when she tasted it, she was really surprised. She said it taste like palkova or mawa. After inventing this sweet bhurji, each time I prepare paneer bhurji for us, I prepare both the sweet and spicy versions.
So, yes, I am going to share two styles of paneer bhurji today.
- Sweet paneer bhurji
- Mattar paneer bhurji
Sweet Paneer Bhurji Recipe
This is a very simple and easy healthy recipe. When you are ready with the ingredients, you can prepare it in just five minutes. This can be eaten as it is or with plain bread, chapathi rolls, pooris, or even with dosa.
- Paneer (crumbled) – 1 cup
- Cashew nuts (broken into 4) – 5
- Coconut (grated) – ¼ cup
- Jaggery – ¼ or ½ cups (as per choice)
- Cardamom (Elaichi) powder – a pinch
- Ghee or oil – 2 spoons
1. Soak the paneer in hot water for five minutes and crumble it.
2. Grate the coconut, break the cashews, and powder the jaggery and elaichi.
3. Heat ghee in a pan, fry the cashew till it turns light brown in colour.
4. Add the scrambled paneer and fry it till it changes to brown color.
5. Now it’s time for quick and careful cooking, add the grated coconut and give it a quick mix.
6. Add the elaichi and jaggery powder mix well.
7. Once mixed well, take it off the stove.
8. The jaggery will melt in the heat and mix with all other ingredients.
This will taste really good and will make a good mid-morning or evening snack. It can be rolled up with chapathi and pooris. It is really versatile and you can create many dishes with this. I have tried stuffed sweet paneer idlis. In fact, by adding cheese, you can prepare a sandwich too.
Most of the kids will love this recipe. I would say, it is a healthy and kids friendly dish.
Masala Paneer Bhurji Recipe
I know what you are thinking, isn’t the post supposed to be about paneer recipes for kids?
Hearing the name of the recipe, don’t think it’s going to be too spicy. We are just going to add the spices in a kid friendly amount.
Let me tell you why I add a bit of spice to my kid’s food. It is best to introduce all varieties of foods as early as possible. I have a personal experience in this case as my elder daughter is very choosy but my younger one will at least try the food and only then will she avoid it. So kindly introduce all varieties at an early stage. I have seen some kids will not even smell the curd even when they grow up.
Coming to the masala paneer bhurji this has so many healthy ingredients like paneer, green peas, ginger and garlic etc.
- Paneer – crumbled 1 cup
- Green peas (cooked) – ½ cup
- Onion – 2 nos.
- Tomato – 1 no
- Butter – 2 tsp
- Cinnamon – ½ inch piece
- Cloves – 2 nos.
- Ginger garlic paste – 1 spoon
- Fennel seeds – 1 spoon
- Salt – as required
- Garam masala powder – ½ spoon
1. Soak the paneer in hot water for five minutes and crumble it.
2. Chop the onions and tomato.
3. Mince the ginger and garlic.
4. Cook the peas separately.
5. Heat the pan with butter, once it melts, add the fennel seeds, cinnamon and cloves.
6. Add the onions, fry till it turns to light brown.
7. Add the cooked peas mix well and cook for two minutes.
8. Now add ginger and garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes.
9. Add tomatoes, salt, garam masala powder saute till the tomatoes gets mashed.
10. Now add the crumbled paneer and give a nice mix.
11. Close the pan and simmer for 5 minutes, till bhurji becomes dry.
12. Garnish with coriander leaves.
- Instead of green peas you can add capsicum too.
- Grated carrot can also be added to this dish.
- If you are preparing this dish for elder kids or adults, then you can add green chillies while adding the onions.
- Finely chopped mushroom will give you excellent taste, I add it if I make this as a side dish for any variety rice or pulav.
- You can also make this as paneer bhurji gravy.
Recipes that can be prepared with paneer bhurji
#1. Paneer bhurji fried rice:
Cook basmati rice or any millet rice of your choice and wait till it cools down completely. Add two spoons of ghee to 1 cup of rice and mix well. Now add 1 cup of masala paneer bhurji to the cooked rice and garnish with coriander leaves and serve it with any raitha of your choice.
#2. Paneer bhurji chapathi frankie:
Take two chapathis and place them separately on each plate spread tomato sauce or mint chutney on the chapathis. Mix mashed potatoes, a bit of chopped cabbage and some grated carrot to the masala paneer bhurji and spread them on the chapathi. Now roll it up. You can pack it for lunch or as snacks for your kid.
#3. Paneer bhurji bread sandwich:
Mix boiled sweet corn to the masala paneer bhurji to make the spread for the sandwich. Spread garlic sauce or any dip of your choice on the bread slice and spread the masala paneer. Place another bread on the top and your sandwich is ready.
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According to my kids the best paneer bhurji recipe is the sweet one (understandably so). Did your kiddos like these crumbled paneer snacks?
Do you have any paneer or paneer bhurji recipe for kids that is a hit in your house?
Then do share with us in the comments below!