Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Paneer Jalfrezi / Stir fried Indian Cottage Cheese with colored peppers

I hope everyone is doing well and adjusting well to New Year!.. Come on it is the New Year after all. For me well everything is back to routine! School pick ups, swim classes, tennis classes...huh ah...back to routine!

Any new Resolutions you say?....none so far...I will make them as and when I wish and if I can keep up with them that is! Only new thing I have started so far is the new photo Blog or Project 365 - A Photo A Day, named My PicXels. I would really really love to hear your comments and would really appreciate it if you would follow and comment there too!
What I am scared of New year resolutions is that i won't be able to keep them up and see the end of them.
At least I hope to keep up with this and try to post a picture a day from my life! Its really fun and I hope to capture and seal all the beautiful and pretty things I see in my everyday life!

Coming to the recipe today...I think I have not posted many Paneer recipes on my blog. Not that I don't make it...I do...its just that they don't make it to celebrity state I guess! They just finish in the making stage itself.
I love paneer and will eat fried paneer right out the frying pan itself. Let alone it making to the curry stage and then to the photo stage.
Paneer jalfrezi is one of the most easiest paneer dish to make. It will be done in no time if you have all the right ingredients...well the ingredients are also common ones found in an Indian pantry.
I used different colored peppers but you are welcome to try it out with other veggie...I think broccoli and zucchini will also go very good in this dish. But the way I made is the most traditional way and tastes very very good when made with fresh paneer.


400 gm paneer / Indian Cottage cheese, cut into small cubes
1 small onion, cut into small bite sized squares
1 green bell pepper, cut into bite sized squares
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into bite sized squares
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into bite sized squares
2 green chilies, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped

1/4 tsp whole cumin / jeera
pinch of hing, asfoetida, inguva
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chili powder (add more if you like it spicy)
1/2 tsp dhaniya / coriander powder
1/4 tsp jeera / cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp kasuri methi, dried fenugreek leaves
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil + more for shallow frying the paneer cubes


Wash and cut all the veggies to bite sized pieces and keep aside.

Cut the paneer and shallow fry them in oil to brown on all sides. Remove onto a paper napkin and keep aside.

Remove the excess oil and add in the cumin seeds and hing. Let them splutter before adding in the tomatoes.

Let the tomatoes, cook down completely as to all the water becomes almost dry.

Add in the onion, green chillies and all the peppers. Saute them with some salt and let them cook till they are almost done.
I like to leave a little crisp in them and not cook them completely thru. If you like to cook them completely, please do.

Add the chili powder and turmeric. Mix it in well.

Add in the paneer pieces and saute to coat the paneer pieces well with the cooked veggies.

Lastly add the kasuri methi, lightly crushed in your palm to bring out the flavor.

Serve hot with Naan or chapathis, or even with some plain or jeera rice.


Linking this to Sweet Heat Challenge # 4 - Let's Rock Indian hosted by Michelle, originally Sweet Heat Chilli Challenge started by Lyndsey.


  1. I love paneer and I always have a couple of slabs in my fridge. I also love quick and easy stir fries as well, as a ,lot of the time come evening I just don't feel like cooking anything complicated. My husband will love this recipe, he also loves panner and all those vegetables just make it so healthy.

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, and for linking it up to Sweet Heat. Also been checking out your photo blog, you are very talented!

  2. I love anything with paneer..the dish looks superb..good luck for your photo all the ganesha pics.

  3. mmmm that look so good Smitha! Love paneer and bell peppers. Have you tried roasting the bell peppers so that the skin blisters and becomes a little black? Can do this on direct flame or under broiler/grill. Love it !

  4. very delicious preparation...all d best for ur foto project..:)

  5. Simple and yummy side dish for rotis... Lovely colors.

  6. Love the combo of paneer and peppers. The dish looks colorful and flvorsome. Great one.!

  7. wow..paneer jhalfrezi looks absolutely delicious dear :-) loved the pics :-)

  8. awesome pre[peration....superb dear

  9. Hi Smitha delicious paneer jalfrezi one of my favorite looks yummy yummy....

  10. Wat an irresistible and super tempting paneer jalfrezi..

  11. wow... looks so mouthwatering...ur clicks r so amazing !

  12. It's looking very yummy Smitha. I will sure try it.


  13. I love paneer, but have none at home for now.. will try this with firm tofu.. and update you. Friday dinners never looked so welcome. Thanks for sharing the rec.. I love Jalfrezi and always thought it was a rich gravy. Loved your version of the dish.
    Love Ash.

  14. Delicious looking paneer jalferazi. Stunning pics.

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  15. very colorful and flavorful for sure!!
    Btw, Happy New year to you and your family!!

  16. Nice delicious filled paneer curry !!

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  17. Yumm Yummm Yummmmm :)

  18. Luks Yumm and a colourful combo Jalfrezi.Delish!

  19. The dish looks awesome and I love anything with Paneer :)

  20. Jalfrezi looks yummy and colourful. First time in you blog, and you have a lovely one.

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  21. there's an award 4 u in my space dear...plz collect it :-)


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