Do you remember any recipes you cooked for the first time and it was an instant hit? Paneer Jalfrezi is one such recipe for me. I made it for the first time a couple of years ago and must say that I haven't altered the recipe much since then.
Jalfrezi refers to a dish cooked with peppers and onions. The flavors and color of peppers, onions and the softness of the paneer (cottage cheese) mix with the heady aroma of garam masala to give this unique moghlai flavor. It's often served with rice, roti, or parathas but my personal favorite is naan.
Ingredients: Serves 2-3
1/3 cube paneer (about 1 lbs) - Cut in cubes
2/3 red pepper - chopped
2/3 yellow pepper - chopped
2/3 green pepper - chopped
1 medium onion
1/2 tspoon ginger paste
1 red chilli
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
2/3 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon garam masala powder
1/4 tspoon red chilli powder (the chilli powder that I use is really hot. You can vary it to your taste)
pinch of turmeric
salt to taste
1 tbspoon oil + 1 tspoon
Heat oil in a pan and saute the paneer till they start turning golden. Set it aside.
Heat the rest of the oil and temper it with cumin seeds and red chilli. Add the ginger paste and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the onion and cook till they start turning translucent.
Add the chopped pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes. Then add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, and coriander powder and 1/2 cup water and let it cook on closed lid for 7-8 minutes on medium heat till the peppers are about half done.
Add the paneer cubes, salt and garam masala and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes till it all mixes well together and it has a dry consistency.
Serve warm with naan.