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easy paneer khurchan served in a white ceramic plate
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Paneer Khurchan

Paneer khurchan is a delicious dry paneer curry from north Indian cuisine. It is one of the easy to make, ready in 20 minutes paneer curry. Vegetarian and gluten free. It is a north Indian style curry with onion tomato capsicum base to which cubed paneer or Indian cottage cheese is quickly tossed. Tastes best as quick snack or side dish with roti, naan, rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: paneer khurchan
Servings: 3
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Harini


  • Cast iron skillet or tawa


  • 250 grams paneer cubed
  • 1 tablespoon oil or butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 green chilies
  • 3/4 cup onions finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup bell peppers chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon kasuri methi or 1/4 cup fresh methi leaves
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • To make paneer khurchan heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can also use butter. Add cumin seeds and let splutter. Next add finely chopped onion, minced ginger garlic and slit green chilies.
    sautéing onions, green chilies and ginger in oil
  • Saute well until the onions turn a bit soft. Add methi leaves if using and mix well.
    adding fenugreek leaves
  • Now add the finely chopped tomatoes and bell peppers together. Mix well and saute in high flame for 2 minutes.
    chopped tomatoes and capsicum added to sautéed onions
  • Next we will add the spice powders. Add 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder. You can add 1 teaspoon red chili powder for spicier khurchan paneer. Also add salt to taste.
    spice powders added to sautéed vegetables
  • Mix well and saute everything in high flame, scrapping off the masala from the bottom of the pan as required.
    onion tomato base for paneer khurchan
  • Add the paneer cubes and toss well. Scrape any masala at the bottom of the pan and coat well.
    paneer strips added to masala base of paneer khurchan
  • After adding paneer cubes, make sure they touch the bottom of the tawa and saute in high flame to infuse some smoky flavor. This also makes the paneer crispy with golden brown exterior.
    paneer khurchan ready to serve
  • Now add kasuri methi if you have not added fenugreek leaves in the beginning. Also add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Mix well Serve paneer khurchan hot immediately.
    closeup shot of paneer khurchan


Nutrition facts are estimates
you can double or halve the recipe
tofu can be used instead of paneer for vegan option.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1598IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 427mg | Iron: 1mg