Jalfrezi dish has its origins in Bengal region of India at the time of the British Raj. The name comes indirectly from Bengali jhāl, spicy food, and Urdu parhezī, suitable for a diet. Jalfrezi is not a dish it is a popular cooking method. It even has made into Oxford English dictionary.
Jalfrezi is a medium spiced, stir fried dish cooked with veggies, tomato-based sauce and some spices. This is also very popular dish served in every Indian restaurants back home.You can enjoy this with any kind of Indian bread or with rice.
I never cooked with paneer much, but recently I have tried Paneer Makhanwala which hubby and my son enjoyed a lot. So, again I made some fresh paneer the other day and was thinking what else can I make with this. And then hubby said do we have peppers, we can make paneer jalfrezi with this. And I always have colored peppers in my fridge, hence made this for our dinner and needless to say we loved this with some ajwain parathas. My son loved both peppers and paneer, so this is perfect for his portion of healthy veggies and paneer is excellent source of protein. WIN…WIN… 🙂
- 2 cups paneer, cubed
- 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, cut in big chunks
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper, cut in big chunks
- 1 green bell pepper, cut in big chunks
- 1/2 red onion, cut in big chunks
- 1 large white onion, grated or puree
- 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 teaspoon chilli garlic sauce
- 1 teaspoon tandoori masala
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt to taste
- Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, carefully add onions and cook until it slightly turns brown in color.
- Add chilli garlic sauce, crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, tandoori masala and salt to taste. Cook on medium heat for about 5-6 minutes.
- Once you see the oil separates out from the sauce, add all the peppers and onion and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
- Then add paneer and lightly mix everything together.
- Serve hot with paratha or roti. Enjoy!!