Many of us know what a paneer bhurji is, isn’t it? Well, to give a brief description about it, paneer is Indian cottage cheese and paneer bhurji is a dish made out of crumbled paneer with vegetables and spices eaten with bread or roti. It is packed with protein and one of the main source of protein especially for vegetarians. Nevertheless it is also very easy to prepare. I made paneer bhurji today for lunch and used some of it modifying some spices to make a snack out it and that’s how my paneer bhurji pillows was born.
1 cup fresh homemade or store bought paneer
1 small green bell pepper finely chopped
1 small red bell pepper finely chopped
A couple of cloves of garlic
1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
1 green chili or per taste
1 small onion finely chopped
1 tsp red chili powder or per taste
1/2 tsp haldi powder
Salt per taste
2 tsp oil
1 tsp jeera
1 medium size tomato finely chopped
1/2 tsp garam masala
Store bought pie crust thawed
Fresh dhania (herb) for garnish
Paneer bhurji filling on a pie crust (left) and after it is sealed with another pie crust (right)
If you prefer to make fresh paneer at home like me, you can follow my recipe here that I had posted earlier. If you are using store bought, grate the paneer well. Heat oil in a pan, add jeera then add onions, sauté, then add garlic, ginger, sauté well. Now add the tomatoes and let it cook until the toamtoes almost breakdown. Now add the peppers and spices, mix and let it cook. In the end add paneer, mix well and let it cook for a 2 -3 minutes. Add finely chopped dhania. Let it cool.
Paneer Bhurji Pillow after baking
Roll out the pie crust with a rolling pin to thin out a little. Then cut vertically and horizontally to get rectangular pieces. Place a spoonful of the mixture in the center. Apply water with your finger around the crust and then place another rectangular crust on top to cover the filling. Using a fork, press the corners of the crust to seal. Bake in a 375F degree over for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. It is flaky and tasty.
Just a little taste of heaven
NOTE: Pie crust can be found in the frozen or dairy products section in the supermarket. Just make sure to buy a pie crust without Lard as one of it’s ingredients.
wow…nice crust of Paneer Bhurji. will make it soon.
Thank u dear.
looks too good.
PILLOWS look mindblowing..i loved the flaky crust…must have tasted out of world!
Yummy..those look so nice..nice idea of using paneer burji as the stuffing..
Hi there, I have been visiting your website quite often and I must say, you’re doing great work. I am a foodie and since we dont get Indian street food here, I like to make things at home. I love some of your recipes like this one which is creative, using things that one can get in US and making ’em truly Indian. Now thats what I’ve been looking for. Thanks again and like everyone else keeps saying you put Nice pictures.
I also make these and they are always a hit. Congratulations on the new home and baby on the way. Enjoy the joys of pregnancy, everyday is special!
Nice idea of using the pie crust..I love the name of the dish!
Lovely dish…..looks very delicious..
Using the Crumbled paneer masala as a paste for the pastries is a great idea. These snacks look delicious.
Very nice looking snack with paneer, love all your recipes and photos. First time here.
paneer pillows looks veryy beautiful
First time on your blog. This is a wonderful recipe. You should participate in the Pillsbury bake-off contest with this one.
Sorry for replying back so late but here is the link. I actually saw it on Food network and thought of you.
good luck and keep cookin..
This must have tasted so good!
This is a sure winner! I must check for some pie crust dough at the market or perhaps try making it at home! Yummy!
Yes, it is indeed very delicious and the fact is that it is very easy to make. Just make sure to look for a pie crust without lard in it if you a vegetarian like I am.
Thanks for a wonderful recipe..but can you tell me the recipe to make these pie crusts at home.
Thanks so much for checking out the recipe. I surely will try to post or email you the recipe soon. Life has become too busy with a little one who is just 4 months old. But I wil do my best to send you the recipe.