How to make Paneer Jalfrezi


What is Paneer Jalfrezi ?

Paneer Jalfrezi is an easy and healthy restaurant-style vegetable stir fry recipe made with cottage cheese, vegetables like bell peppers, and Indian spices. You can make this Spiced cottage cheese stir fry in just 15 minutes. Keto, Low carb, and Gluten-free.

The word ‘jalfrezi‘ comes from the Bengali language ‘jhal’ means hot or spicy, and ‘frezi’ means suitable for a diet.

This is a semi-dry curry recipe made with a mix of vegetables and paneer. Ensure to cut all vegetables and paneer lengthwise of the same size to make Veg Jalfrezi similar to what is served in Indian restaurants.

Ingredients for Paneer Jalfrezi

  • Paneer: Homemade fresh paneer always tastes best. However, you can buy from market as well. Also, the paneer should cut lengthwise.
  • Vegetables: All three colored bell peppers (if available) cut length-wise. You can also use other vegetables like carrot, beans, mushrooms.
  • Onion: Dice the onion lengthwise.
  • Ginger and garlic: Mince them finely.
  • Tomato: Diced the tomato lengthwise.
  • Tomato puree: Used ½ cup of tomato puree prepared from 1 large tomato.
  • Spices: 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, and 1/4 tsp garam masala.
  • Oil or ghee: 1tbsp
  • Lemon juice: Squeeze juice of half lime into the stir-fry for added flavor.
  • Coriander leaves: for garnish.

How to make Paneer Jalfrezi

  1. In a Pan, heat oil. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  2. Then add sliced onions, minced ginger, garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until light brown.
  3. Next, add the spices like turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, salt, a splash of water (So that masala would not burn) , and sauté the masala on medium-high heat for another minute.
  4. Add the bell peppers and continue sautéing them till they are tender and cooked. 
  5. Add sliced tomato and tomato puree and sauté for a minute until the tomatoes soften.
  6. Finally, add the paneer, garam masala, and toss well to coat with all the spices.
  7. Cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Lastly, squeeze from fresh lime juice and sprinkle some freshly chopped coriander leaves.


You can serve this dish with chapati, naan, paratha, kulcha, pulao, rice, poori, zeera rice.

Tips & Variations

  1. If you have store-brought paneer, then soak paneer in hot water for 15 minutes to keep them soft.
  2. Do not overcook the veggies else they will turn mushy.
  3. You can increase the quantity of paneer and vegetables accordingly to your preference
  4. If you have leftover paneer jalfrezi, you can use it as a filling for making Paneer Frankie Roll.

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