June 04, 2007

Paneer Jalfrezi

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.


  1. Mandira, paneer with veggies is a delight i say. Very nice. Viji

  2. Oh! I love paneer! This is so colorful and looks incredibly good. Thanks!

  3. Mandira!!!
    Looks very colorful and I bet the taste must be absolutely amazing!!!

  4. This is such a favorite!
    I like this with naan too, it's such a great recipe....
    I made this once, and added some rosemary along with the onions and ginger.....boy, was that a great idea....it tasted awesome.



  5. Looks colorful, bet it was tasty too, with Paneer it would be I am sure.

  6. looks so colorful, yum! jalfrezi is my fav too, had posted veg jalfrezi a while back!

  7. yayyyyyyyy...i just had jalfrezi(veg) and jeera rice... next time i will cook ur way mandira and ofcourse with paneer... very colourful dish:)

  8. Beautiful colors and what a contrast with Paneer.Looks really good.Thanks for the recipe Mandira:))

  9. Mandira, It looks so colorful & delicious, whats not to like abt paneer if u ask me :-)

  10. Yep, there are somethings that are not to be tampered with, especially when it's perfect on the first try.

  11. Don't know why have never tried a jalfrezi yet. Looks so colourful

  12. Paneer is one of my favorites! I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks!

  13. Very colorful. Mouth watering too :)

  14. Anything with paneer in it is enough to grab my attention...the jalfrezi looks divine...btw belated blogversary wishes...loved the jackfruit curry as well...

  15. Anonymous8:10 PM

    Looks delicious Mandira -- so colorful and rich with that paneer... yum :)

  16. one of our favorites, looks colourfull and delicious Mandira!

  17. Mandira, thank you. Jalfrezi is one of my favorites. Now I can make it at home with a trusted recipe. I've never had it with paneer. Looks delicious and even healthier.

  18. Hmm.. i was trying to understrand the logic of jalfrezi and here is another yummy recipe with that title!

  19. wow ....this is really yummy ....thks for sharing ...

  20. Ahh, that looks lovely! All those beautiful ingredients. Marvelous!

  21. jalfrezi looks yummy and simple. will try out somtime.

  22. Mandhira,
    I was bady searching for this .Wanted to try in some blog and to my surprise i saw in your post.thanks a lot.Looks great wanna try at the earliest

  23. Anonymous10:18 AM

    That looks really good. I had once made chicken jalfrezi and loved the dish. I am sure paneer is going to take amazing.

  24. Viji- It sure was delicious, we finished it in no time!

    Meeta- we don't make paneer very often. So paneer recipes are quite special in our home.

    Padmaja- It was delicious and flavorful.

    Trupti- Rosemary in jalfrezi, that sounds like a great idea. I have to try it the next time!

    ISG - it was gone in no time... :)

    Sia - the different color bell peppers do add a festive touch to the dish. Maybe I will make it for Christmas potluck ;)

    Asha thanks, it was amazing. Tastes heavenly with naan!

    Aruna I second that. What's not to like about paneer :)

    Cynthia - I always try to improve on my recipes, but this was so amazing that I never felt adding anything more to it.

    Sandeepa - I was the same way, I didn't try it for the longest time and now this is one of my favorites. We don't make it often but sure is special.

    Lisa - thanks, and welcome to ahaar. Do keep visiting.

  25. Bubbalili- thanks, adding different color peppers make it colorful, you can try it with any one too.

    Sunita - thank you, the year flew by and I was celebrating blogversary ;)

    Linda- it is quite delicious. We usually make it when we have guests over, this time it was for the two of us :)

    Thanks Roopa!

    Susan - You can make it with vegetables, or even chicken. Paneer jalfrezi is my favorite. There's something about the way paneer, onions and bell peppers mixed in one dish!

    Shaheen I think it has moghlai heritage, but I can never find detailed history. Do let me know what you find, I would be very interested.

    Deepa- thanks.

    Sher - it was delicious and tastes even better with soft and fluffy garlic naan :)

    Thanks Sharmi, do let me know how it turns out.

    Soumya- It's easy and quick and delicious, do try.

    Gini- it is delicious, and one of my favorites.

  26. it came out very good, thanks for the recipe.

  27. Abha I am so glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know. You made my day :)


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