Dhaba is the road side eateries along the highways. They used to serve the truck drivers who would like to rest for few hours and have a good meal also. They become more popular in the Punjab region and so, Dhaba are known for the Punjabi dishes. The Dhaba culture picked up in cities also and so, one can find Dhaba in the city scenario also and they serve not only the truck drivers, but others who like the Punjabi dishes served in these eateries.
And one of the popular dishes in these Dhaba is the Paneer Bhurji which goes well with Roti, Chappati and Naan etc. It is prepared with the Indian Cheese and Tomatoes with red chilli powder.
Butter – 1 tbsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
Bay Leaf – 1
Crushed Garlic – 1 tsp
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Medium Sized Onion – 1 (Finely Chopped)
Green Chilli – 1 (Finely Chopped)
Tomato – 2 (Finely Chopped)
Red Chilli – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp
Black Salt – ¼ tsp
Kitchen King Masala – ¼ tsp
Boiled Peas – ¼ cup (optional)
Medium Sized Capsicum – 1 (Finely Chopped)
Grated or Crumbled Paneer – 200 GMs
Garam Masala – ¼ tsp
Kasoori Methi – 1 tsp
Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp
Tomato Sauce – 2 to 3 tbsp
Salt – to suit taste
Chopped Coriander Leaves for garnishing.
Heat one tsp of Oil in a pan. Add Cumin Seeds and allow them to sizzle. Add 1 tbsp of Butter and add Bay Leaf, crushed Garlic. Roast them for a minute in low flame.
Add chopped Onion and Green Chilli. Sauté those till the Onion turns pink.
Add the chopped Tomatoes, Salt, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder and Kitchen King Masala. Add little water and mix well. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes in medium flame covered with a lid. Add boiled Peas and the chopped Capsicum. Mix well and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Open the lid, add little water and mix well. Simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the crumbled Paneer, finely chopped Coriander Leaves and Kasoori Methi (Crush the Kasoori Methi with palms before adding). Mix everything together. Add ¼ cup of water. Adjust Salt. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes over low to medium flame.
Add Tomato Sauce. Mix again and stir cook for few seconds. Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped Coriander Leaves.
Serve with Roti, Chappati, Nan and Rice etc.