I love Paneer Bhurji and try every variation I can find. In recent times, Methi Paneer Bhurji has become a reigning favourite in our home for many reasons.

Methi Paneer Bhurji is Scrambled Cottage Cheese with Fresh Fenugreek Leaves. This is also a low potassium recipe.
Methi Paneer Bhurji (High Protein, Low Potassium Recipe)

We often include paneer dishes in our meals as a source of protein. Amongst the many dishes I make with this Indian Cottage Cheese, my favourite always was and is Paneer Bhurji or scrambled Indian Cottage Cheese. I find this delicious, protein-rich dish to be filling and helping me achieve my protein quota as well. In addition, it gets done very quickly and so is a blessing on a busy day.

Paneer Bhurji is allowed for a renal diet and you can further make it kidney-friendly using the tips I have mentioned below. Methi is the only green, leafy vegetable that is allowed (occasionally) for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and so this dish checks all the boxes.

How to Savour Methi Paneer Bhurji

This Paneer Bhurji is versatile; you can:

  • Serve it as a side to roti
  • Use it as a filling for a wrap
  • Use it as sandwich filling
  • Mix it in rice and make a paneer pulao
  • Use as a base for a paneer tikki or a paneer kofta

Or then just eat it by itself like I do…. Your imagination is the limit to how you will enjoy this creamy, protein-rich dish.

Methi Paneer Bhurji made with scrambled cottage cheese and fenugreek leaves

Some Tips

  • If you want to reduce the cholesterol/fat content, use low-fat Paneer. However, then you may want to up the amount of dahi in the masala to achieve the creamy texture.
  • Replace paneer with tofu or even soya granules.
  • Do not cook the bhurji after you have added the paneer (or even if you do, ensure it is for 2 or 3 minutes); otherwise, you will have a drier version of your hands.

Some tips for Further Lowering Potassium and Fat in Methi Paneer Bhurji For a renal diet

While Methi Paneer Bhurji is low on potassium, you can further lower the potassium content (as well as fat content) by following the tips given below.

  • Use low-fat paneer. I make Paneer at home with skimmed milk, especially when using this dish as a part of renal diet.
  • Use oil instead of ghee to for frying the onions.
  • Use Amchur as a flavouring agent instead of chilli powder and coriander powder. This will also help you reduce the amount of salt you will need.
  • Omit the tomato to lower the potassium content
  • Avoid using tofu because soy-based foods are naturally high on potassium and phosphrous, both of which are detrimental for the health of the kidney.
  • Serve Methi Paneer Bhurji with Rice Roti (Rice Bhakri) and Dahi to create a filling and delicious low-potassium meal for a person with kidney problems. Who says taste and health cannot go hand-in-hand? 🙂
Methi Paneer Bhurji is scrambled Indian cottage cheese with fenugreek. It is a Low Potassium, High Protein recipe suitable for Renal Diet.
Methi Paneer Bhurji | Low Potassium, High Protein, Renal Diet Recipe

Other Low Potassium Recipes for Renal Diet

How to Make Methi Paneer Bhurji

  1. In a kadhai or frying pan, over medium heat, melt 1 tsp ghee. Use 1 tsp oil if you are following a renal diet.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and stir-fry till they start to change colour.
  3. Now, add 1/2 cup finely chopped onions and stir-fry till transparent.
  4. Next, add 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped methi leaves, and 1/2 tsp chopped green chillies. Omit the tomatoes to make this a low-potassium version for renal diet.
  5. Mix well, and stir-fry till the tomato pieces soften a bit.
  6. Add 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric, and salt to taste. Substitute the chilli powder and coriander powder with 1 tsp Amchur (dried mango powder) for a low-potassium version.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Add 1/4 cup beaten curd and mix well.
  9. Let the mix cook for 2 or 3 minutes.
  10. Turn off the heat.
  11. Add 250 gms of crumbled paneer and mix well. Use low-fat paneer made with skimmed milk to reduce fat content.
  12. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
  13. Serve Methi Paneer Bhurji with Phulkas or Rice Bhakri.

Recipe for Methi Paneer Bhurji

Methi Paneer Bhurji (Also a Low Potassium Dish for Renal Diet)

Aruna
I like the taste of methi a lot and so this Methi Paneer Bhurji is something I love more than plain Paneer Bhurji. The taste of fresh fenugreek leaves in this simple scrambled cottage cheese dish adds to the appeal of this popular dish and it is a great way to incorporate healthy greens into this protein-rich dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian, Vegetarian
Servings 4 People
Calories 212 kcal
Equipment
  • Kadhai or Frying Pan
  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Spatula
Ingredients
  
  • 250 gms Crumbled Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Methi Leaves (Fenugreek Leaves) (45 gms)
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onion (50 gms)
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Tomato (50 gms; omit to lower potassium content for a renal diet)
  • 1/2 tsp Chopped Green Chillies
  • 2 tbsp Beaten Dahi or Yogurt (15 gms)
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder (Substitute with Amchur Powder to lower potassium content for a renal diet)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder (Substitute with Amchur Powder to lower potassium content for a renal diet)
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
 
  • In a kadhai or frying pan, over medium heat, melt 1 tsp ghee.
  • Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and stir-fry till they start to change colour.
  • Add 1/2 cup finely chopped onions and stir-fry till transparent.
  • Add 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped methi leaves, and 1/2 tsp chopped green chillies.
  • Mix well, and stir-fry till the tomato pieces soften a bit.
  • Add 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric, and salt to taste.
  • Mix well.
  • Add 1/4 cup beaten curd and mix well.
  • Let the mix cook for 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add 250 gms of crumbled paneer and mix well.
  • Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Serve Methi Paneer Bhurji with Phulkas.
Nutrition Facts
Methi Paneer Bhurji (Also a Low Potassium Dish for Renal Diet)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 175mg8%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 188IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 358mg36%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Gluten Free, Low Potassium Recipe, Methi Paneer Bhurji, Paneer Bhurji, Protein Rich, Renal Diet
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