Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi Recipe Veg is a recipe that is so comforting and wholesome. This sabzi is a combination and harmony of different flavors, colors, and textures. Paneer Jalfrezi is mildly spiced, tasty, and a nutritious stir fry vegetable that comes together in a jiffy.

Paneer Jalfrezi is basically a restaurant-style dish that is served as a main dish along with roti or rice. Moreover, it is a popular dish and it’s commonly found on the restaurant menu. We usually order this whenever we go to an Indian Restaurant as it is also light on the tummy.

Paneer Jalfrezi is either prepared in a gravy base or semi-dry base. Dry Paneer Jalfrezi is also a variant that is just like stir-fry. Instead of the gravy, simply stir-fry the vegetables and Paneer along with the spices mentioned in the recipe below.

I have prepared my Paneer Jalfrezi with gravy and served it with Butter Roti as my kids love it that way. It is a great option of sabzi to try on weekends too especially when you do not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It cooks very fast and you can relax and spend the rest of the time with your family.

Paneer or Cottage Cheese is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians. It also is a gluten-freeketo-friendly, and low-carb recipe that tastes awesome.

Follow the step-by-step pictures for the preparations as shown in the Paneer Jalfrezi images below.

History of Paneer Jalfrezi

Mainly Paneer Jalfrezi is a popular curry that originated from Bengal and now popular throughout India and many other countries. However, this curry mainly includes spices, vegetables, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Jalfrezi term is derived from Bengal where jhāl porhezījhāl means spicy food; porhezī means suitable for a dietJalfrezi is usually prepared by stir-frying ingredients, a technique introduced to the region by Chinese Cuisine. Jalfrezi is very popular in the UK, this dish is made with chicken, paneer, and mixed vegetables. The recipe here is Veg Paneer Jalfrezi.

Check this 2 paneer dishes that are very trending and delicious Paneer Mix Vegetable  and Paneer Bhurji

Close up look of Restaurant Style Paneer Jalfrezi served in a oval white bowl presented with a green sating cloth and pink flowers, Paneer Jalfrezi Curry

For more delicious Paneer Recipes, check the recipes below:

Palak Paneer Bhurjee
Paneer Tikka Masala
Aloo Paneer
Kadai Paneer
Methi Malai Paneer
Paneer Butter Masala

Step-By-Step Recipe of Paneer Jalfrezi Curry
Ingredients:
This recipe will yield 4 servings
For Basic Onion Tomato Gravy:
1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
1/2 tsp Cooking Oil
1 cup Onion Paste approximately 2-3 medium onion
1 cup tomato puree
1/2 tsp turmeric paste
2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam  masala
2 tsp honey or sugar
1 tbsp Fresh cream
Other Ingredients
200 grams Paneer cut lengthwise
1 onion thinly sliced
1 green capsicum thinly sliced
A handful of fresh coriander leaves
1 piece ginger, juliennes
1 tbsp cooking oil
salt to taste
Method:
1. Firstly, heat oil in a Kadai and add ginger garlic paste, saute it for few seconds and add onion paste.
2. Saute it for 2 minutes till onion paste turn brown and the raw smell goes.
3. Now add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, and mix well till the spices are blended well.
4. Finally, add tomato puree, honey, and let the gravy cook on a medium flame till 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
5. Lastly, switch off the flame and add fresh cream and cover it with a lid and keep it aside.

Check recipes of Bhatura and Spinach, or Palak Pooris that will pair with Paneer Jalfrezi.
Basic onion tomato gravy with spices for Restaurant Style Paneer Jalfrezi
Basic Onion Tomato Gravy Paneer Jalfrezi images (in the making)

How to proceed

1. Now heat oil in a pan, add onion and capsicum slices and saute it on a high flame stirring continuously till they are soft.
2. Meanwhile, cook paneer pieces on Tawa with little oil till they are brown and keep them aside.
3. Finally mix paneer, onion, capsicum in the gravy, add ginger juliennes, coriander leaves, and lemon juice and mix it well, cover the lid and let it cook for a minute.
4. Paneer Jalfrezi is now ready to serve, you can have it with rice, butter roti, garlic naan, or puris.

Sauteing onions, bell peppers and Paneer Cubes in oil for restaurant style paneer jalfrezi
Paneer Jalfrezi veg images (in the making)

Storing Suggestions:

You can prepare Paner Jalfrezi in advance and keep it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in a glass or steel container with an air-tight lid.  This can be a nice option for weekend meals wherein you can prepare the sabzi on Friday and simply reheat while eating over the weekend.

Another best way is also to meal plan and chops all the vegetables, pack them in a container, and refrigerate. So when you want to prepare it will take only 10 minutes and a quick meal is ready to be served.

If you want to freeze the same, freeze the gravy, paneer, and vegetable in 3 separate containers. When you want to use remove the night before, thaw, and cook all the ingredients into a pan.

Serving Suggestions:

Paneer Jalfrezi with gravy pairs well with roti, butter naan, Bhatura, parathas served along with raita and salad. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot.

It also tastes well with Tawa pulao, jeera rice, or Veg Pulao.

close up photo of Paneer Jalfrezi garnished with ginger julienne and finely chopped coriander leaves, How to make Paneer Jalfrezi with gravy

Recipe Notes:

  • Use fresh paneer in this recipe for the best results.
  • However, if you are using frozen paneer, defrost the cubes. Keep it in warm water for 10 -15 minutes before using it in the Paneer Jalfrezi recipe.
  • Cut onions, bell peppers, and paneer into thin and length-wise, and not into cubes.
  • You can use ready-made tomato puree as well in this recipe if you do not have time to prepare tomato gravy at home.
  • For making dry Paneer Jalfrezi you can avoid preparing the gravy and keep the rest of the recipe the same. Simply stir fry all the vegetables and paneer on high flame till they are cooked.
  • For better results, boil tomatoes in hot water, let them cool down, peel the skin and puree it.
  • Moreover, use honey or sugar in the recipe for sweetness, else the gravy will be very sour.
  • You can also add 1tbsp of tomato ketchup to balance the sourness of the tomatoes. This will also add a tad sweetness and make this paneer curry tastier.
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Paneer Jalfrezi

Hetal Kamdar
Paneer Jalfrezi is a restaurant-style dish that is served as a main dish along with roti or rice. This is a popular dish and it's commonly found in the restaurant menu.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • For Basic Onion Tomato Gravy:
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • ½ tsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 cup Onion Paste approximately 2-3 medium onion
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • ½ tsp turmeric paste
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp honey or sugar
  • 1 tbsp Fresh cream
  • Other Ingredients
  • 200 grams Paneer cut lengthwise
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 green capsicum thinly sliced
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 piece ginger juliennes
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Firstly, heat oil in a Kadai and add ginger garlic paste, saute it for few seconds and add onion paste.
  • Saute it for 2 minutes till onion paste turn brown and the raw smell goes.
  • Now add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and mix well till the spices are blended well.
  • Finally, add tomato puree, honey, and let the gravy cook on a medium flame till 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Lastly, switch off the flame and add fresh cream and cover it with a lid and keep it aside.
  • How to proceed
  • Now heat oil in a pan, add onion and capsicum slices and saute it on a high flame stirring continuously till they are soft.
  • Meanwhile, cook paneer pieces on Tawa with little oil till they are brown and keep them aside.
  • Finally mix paneer, onion, capsicum in the gravy, add ginger juliennes, coriander leaves, and lemon juice and mix it well, cover the lid and let it cook for a minute.
  • Paneer Jalfrezi is now ready to serve, you can have it with rice, butter roti, garlic naan, or puris.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 10gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 476mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 882IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 284mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Paneer Jalfrezi, Restaurant style Paneer Jalfrezi
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Nutrition Facts
Paneer Jalfrezi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 59mg3%
Potassium 476mg14%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 882IU18%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
Calcium 284mg28%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Some Frequently Question Asked about Paneer Jalfrezi Recipe

1. Can we prepare Paneer Jalfrezi with other vegetables?

Yes, apart from using onion, bell pepper, and paneer, you can also use vegetables like carrots, baby corn, zucchini, broccoli, and cauliflower to make the Jalfrezi recipe.

2. Can we make Paneer Jalfrezi Jain?

Yes, for the Jain version, simply avoid using onion, ginger, and garlic in this recipe. Follow the rest of the recipe for the Jain Version of Paneer Jalfrezi.

3. How can we make this Vegan?

Use extra-firm pressed Tofu instead of Paneer and do not use fresh cream in this recipe for making it vegan. Follow the rest of the recipe as it is.

4. Is this recipe Kids Friendly?

Yes, Paneer is a good source of protein and is usually liked by kids. So making Paneer Jalfrezi is one of the yummiest ways to feed paneer and other vegetables to kids. You can adjust the spices and gravy as per kids liking and spice preference.

close up photo of Paneer Jalfrezi garnished with ginger julienne and finely chopped coriander leaves, How to make Paneer Jalfrezi with gravy

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