Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi is another popular paneer (cottage cheese) recipe. It is a spicy dish, as the name says Jalfrezi and “jhal” means spicy in Bengali. We stir fry the veggies along with some spices & paneer, and paneer absorbs the flavors and becomes scrumptious. 

Served it with some homemade Tandoori Rotis, you can also have it with Laccha Paratha, Pudina Paratha or your favorite bread.

Also try: Palak Paneer, Matar Paneer or Achaari Paneer.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 15 mins, Total – 25 mins.

Servings: 2-3


  1. Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) – 250 grams (cut in batons)
  2. Onion –  1 medium (julienned)
  3. Tomatoes – 1 large (seeded and julienned)
  4. Bell Peppers – 1 cup (julienned)
  5. Ginger – 1 inch (julienned)
  6. Garlic – 2 cloves (finely chopped)
  7. Green Chili – 3-4 (slit)
  8. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  9. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp
  10. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  12. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  13. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
  14. Coriander Leaves for garnishing
  15. Oil – 3 tbsp
  16. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Paneer Jalfrezi:

  1. Heat oil in a pan or a kadai. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter
  2. Add onion and garlic, saute until onions are translucent
  3. Add bell peppers, green chili, red chili powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Mix and cook for 2-3 mins
  4. Add tomatoes and cook until tender
  5. Add paneer, ginger, garam masala powder and salt. Mix and cook for about 2 mins
  6. Turn off the flame and add lemon juice. Mix well
  7. Your Paneer Jalfrezi is ready, garnish with coriander leaves and julienned ginger.


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