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Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

Restaurant Style Paneer Jalfrezi Recipe | How to make Paneer Jalfrezi
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 300 gm Paneer
  • 1 Cup Diced Mixed Bell Peppers or cut in stripes(1")
  • 1 Onion(medium)
  • 1 Tomato(Medium)
  • ¼ cup Tomato puree
  • ¼ cup Tomato Ketchup
  • 6-7 Garlic Cloves
  • 1" Fresh Ginger
  • 1-2 Green Chillies


  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1-2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½-1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1+1 tsp Kasuri Methi
  • Juice of half lemon optional
  • 2-3 tbsp Oil
  • Salt as per taste


Preparations to Make Paneer Jalfrezi

  • Cut Paneer into ½ cubes. Or, you can cut in 1" stripes.
  • Peel and cube onion.
  • Cut tomato in cubes and take out the pulp/fleshy part with seeds.
  • Puree 1-2 tomatoes to get ¼ cup of fresh tomato puree or use canned puree.
  • Coarsely crush ginger, garlic and green chilies. You can also use store-bought ginger garlic paste and finely chop green chilies if adding.

Making masala and the Jalfrezi

  • In a kadhai/heavy bottomed pan, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  • Once the oil is hot add cumin seeds. The seeds will crackle, now add the ginger garlic and green chilli paste.
  • Sauté and cook it for a few seconds on low flame.
  • Next add diced onions and bel peppers and ½ tsp of Kasuri Methi.
  • Sauté on high flame for 2-3 mins. Keep on stirring the veggies.
  • Take out the veggies in a separate plate.
  • If there is little oil left you can add a tsp in the same pan, and then add tomato puree and again ½ tsp of Kasuri methi.
  • Cook tomato puree for 1-2 minutes till it starts to thicken.
  • Now add the spices-coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and gram masala and sugar.
  • Cook spices for 1-2 mins. Keep on stirring the tomato masala and keep the flame to low.
  • Now add tomato ketchup and mix well.
  • Next add the sautéed bell pepper and onions. Lightly mix everything.
  • Now, add paneer cubes and salt and mix nicely everything with light hands coating the veggies and paneer cubes.
  • Finely take remaining half of the Kasuri Methi and crush between your palms and sprinkle on the curry,
  • Lightly mix again and switch off the flame and keep the veggie covered before serving.
  • Serve with bread of your choice like roti, paratha or naans.



Substitutions for the ingredients-

Paneer can be substituted with TOFU for the vegan version.
Substitute fresh tomato puree with canned puree.
If you do not want to add tomato ketchup or ran out of it, then add canned tomato sauce with additional tsp of sugar and a tsp of vinegar/half lemon juice.
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