How to Make Paneer Bhurji for Babies & Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Bhurji Recipe

Paneer is a common ingredient used in most North Indian households. Paneer Bhurji is a delicious combination of paneer, onions, tomatoes, spices, and some masala to have by itself or as an accompaniment to roti or bread. This easy Paneer ( Cottage Cheese) Bhurji recipe for babies is something that you can introduce to get your child used to some spicy and tangy flavours.

Cooking Time

Type Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:10:00
Cook Time 00:10:00
Total Time 00:20:00

Cooking Method

Gas stove or induction

Type of Meal 

vegetarians and non-vegetarians

Suitable for

Any baby older than 11 months of age

Meal Schedule

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Recipe Type

Main Meal

Total Servings



Ingredients  Quantity & Volume 
Paneer ( mashed) 1 cup
Oil 2 tablespoon
Cumin Seeds 1 teaspoon
Onions finely chopped ½ cup
Tomatoes finely chopped ½ cup
Pav Bhaji Masala or Garam Masala ¼ teaspoon
Turmeric Powder or Haldi ¼ teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder ½ teaspoon
Green Chillies 1 teaspoon
Coriander 1 tablespoon
Salt As per taste


This homemade Paneer (Cottage Cheese) bhurji recipe for babies is easy and quick if you follow this step-by-step guide:

  • Heat oil on a Tava and add the cumin seeds. Let them crackle on a medium flame.
  • Once the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté them for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the onions are well cooked, add the tomatoes. Sprinkle some water and cook on a low flame for about 4-5 minutes till they are soft and mushy.
  • Add the masala of your choice, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and a tablespoon of water. Mix well, cover and cook on a low flame for about 2 minutes. Keep stirring continuously.
  • Now add the mashed paneer, salt, and coriander. Mix it well gently without applying too much pressure. Sprinkle some water and cook on a low flame for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve the Paneer Bhurji hot with roti or bread.

Recipe Tips

Follow these simple tips to perfect your knowledge on how to make Paneer (Cottage Cheese) bhurji recipe:

  • If you are using frozen paneer, make sure you defrost it before using it. Try to use a fork to mash it nicely. The paneer should be crumbled into tiny pieces for the bhurji to taste good.
  • Finely chop the onions and tomatoes. You can deseed the tomatoes if you do not want the dish to be very mushy.
  • The dish is best cooked on a Tava and a non-stick one. You can also use a cast-iron tava as it will enhance the taste.

Nutritional Facts Per Servings

Nutrient  Value 
Calories 370 Kcal
Protein 10.4 gm
Carbohydrates 10.8 gm
Fibre 0.9 gm
Fat 31.7 gm
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 7.2 mg

Health Benefits

Read on to find out more about the health benefits of this simple Paneer (Cottage Cheese) bhurji recipe:

  • Paneer is a derivative of milk and therefore a rich source of calcium. Regular consumption of paneer has proven to improve the bones and teeth.
  • Paneer is rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, proteins that are essential for the healthy growth of the body. It is known to strengthen the immune system.
  • Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and rich in antioxidants. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is good for the health of the heart. Tomatoes are also packed with calcium and potassium.
  • Onions are also rich in fibre and antioxidants. They are also effective against bacterial infections.
  • Onions have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce symptoms of asthma. They are also useful for a stuffy nose.

Buying Guide:

Follow these useful tips when sourcing ingredients for Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Bhurji to perfect the dish when you make it:

  • Buy paneer sold in supermarkets. Make sure you buy packaged products and check the expiry date on the packaging. If you are using homemade paneer, make it with full-fat milk.
  • Make sure you buy tomatoes that are firm and ripe. Ripe tomatoes taste better with paneer.
  • Onions should also be ripe before being used.
  • Try and buy organic vegetables as they are from chemicals and pesticides.

Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Bhurji is a preparation that is loved all across India. It is served as an accompaniment to rotis in the North, whereas in the South it is used as stuffing in dosas. With a universal appeal, the dish is perfect for your kid and their nutritional needs.


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