I have a bone to pick with my parents. They never introduced me to enough Indian “street food” or chaat.
A year ago, I stopped off at a local Indian grocery store for a quick samosa and was instantly drawn to the long line at the chaat portion of the store. I, like usual, watched what everyone was ordering and just went for it.
Who knew an order of aloo paratha with paneer bhurji would be so life changing? After that, I went on to try aloo tikki, pani puri, golgappa, pav bhaji, etc.
I felt more cheated than ever. When I asked my mom why she held out, my mom’s only non-responsive response is, “We should try to make it ourselves.” And, just like that I’m on a new mission to make all my favorites – starting with this favorite.
- 1 cup paneer, grated (you could also try firm tofu)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp ginger/garlic paste
- 1/2 serrano, finely chopped (remove seeds if you want less heat)
- 1 tomato, finely chopped
- 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1 pinch garam masala
- salt, to taste
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, divided
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add onions and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic/ginger paste and serrano pepper and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
- Add turmeric, cayenne, cumin, coriander and garam masala, and cook until the raw smell of the spices is gone, about 3 minutes.
- Add the grated paneer and stir to incorporate with the onion/garlic/ginger mix. Cook for about 5 minutes until the paneer is soft.
- Add half of the cilantro and allow it to wilt in the heat and mix to incorporate.
- Remove from heat and garnish with additional cilantro.