Paneer Jalfrezi

Posted: May 4, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dinner, Indian Food
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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… 🙂

Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi


  • 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
Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi


  • 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!!
Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

  1. Reva says:

    yummy dish… looks like the work of a professional chef:)

  2. Vardhini says:

    Looks so yummy .. delicious


  3. delicious flavours colourful dish looks good

  4. Adelina says:

    what an amazing site you have- a wealth of recipes- and so beautifully written- will come here for inspiration!

  5. Absolutely droolicious paneer dear! my mouth is really watering at the fantastic pics 🙂

  6. Wow…Looks yum and colorful!!

    Check for more Indian recipes.

  7. Sarah says:

    Spicy yummy goodness! love it!

  8. Panchpakwan says:

    Wow so colorful and delicious paneer jalfrezi…

  9. Lubna Karim says:

    Wow…that’s an lip smacking recipe…..i was in search of this somedays back…thank u for posting…now i know what to prepare for dinner…:-)

  10. kshipra says:

    looks mouthwatering. a healthy paneer dish.

  11. aipi says:

    Nice trivia on jalfrezi 🙂
    it looks perfecto just need couple of rotis to polish ot off 🙂
    US Masala

  12. Namitha says:

    I so want to eat that right now..yummm

  13. Raina says:

    This looks delicious. I have never tried paneer but would love to, especially prepared this way:)

  14. Monali says:

    I love this dish ….i used to make it in a diff way will try this one for sure….its tempting…

  15. Swathi says:

    paneer jalferazi looks awesome delicious Suman.

  16. nisha says:

    its such a common dish ive never made it at home

  17. Sobha Shyam says:

    They look awesome..would like to have them with hot chapathis or naan 🙂

  18. so colourful and glossiness can’t imagine with roties…Yum! very nice!

  19. kankana says:

    I have guest coming over comin weekend and I was cracking my head on what to cook with paneer .. this is just perfect 🙂

  20. Paneer Jalfrezi looks so inviting and delicious.

  21. Deepa says:

    Love the glaze of capsicums here….And noted that you have added tandoori masala also. Dish simply looks awesome…

    Hamaree Rasoi

  22. Nandini says:

    Yum! Love the blend of flavours! So colourful!

  23. Priya says:

    Never say no to paneer, delicious and mouthwaterin paneer jalfrezi..

  24. Joyti says:

    It looks delicious…you could probably serve at an Indo-Chinese meal and it would fit right in, even though it predates Indo-Chinese. It looks so spicy and savory, yum!

  25. Raji says:

    Lovely blend of spices and veggies with paneer…looks inviting.

  26. Vimitha says:

    Would be perfect with chapathis.. Mouth watering recipe…

  27. Priti says:

    Looks so gud….I have made this so long ago ..should do it again now

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