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Do you love Paneer as much as I do? Then read along for this quick recipe of Paneer Jalfrezi that can be made in 15 mins along with just 5 minutes of prep work. And if you are new to the world of Paneer – Paneer is cottage cheese or fresh cheese that is made in most households in India from milk. If you want to try more recipes using Paneer, I have an entire section dedicated to it here – https://spicetrip.nl/recipes/ingredients/cheese/

Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

Jalfrezi (also known as jhal frezizalfrezizalfraizijaffrazi) is a curry dish from India. According to Wikipedia source, Jalfrezi recipes appeared in cookbooks of British India as a way of using up leftovers by frying them with onions and chili. This is more like a vegetable stir fry mixed with Indian spices and paneer for that extra protein content. There are variation to this dish with just vegetables (without paneer) or also with chicken calling it then Chicken Jalfrezi. If you are allergic to lactose or prefer vegan, substitute paneer with firm tofu very easily. You would hardly notice any change in the flavor of the dish. 

Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi is a quick but a dry dish which means there is no gravy, thus making it a perfect dish with pulao or biryani in case of rice and naan, chapati or parathi for those who prefer bread. I had it last evening with some hot paratha and a side of fresh salad. I am sure I slept peacefully, thanks to the meal.

Here’s the recipe for you. Let me know below in the comments if you give it a try.

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  1. Add oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Once warm, add cumin seeds and let is sizzle for 30 seconds Heavy oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Add cumin seeds and sizzle for 30 seconds. Add the onions and fry for 2-3minutes on medium heat. As they begin to soften add the garlic paste and fry for a few seconds. Add all the spice powders and stir for a further minute. If the spices stick to the base of the pan add a splash of water.
  2. Add the sliced onion and fry for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. As soon as the onion turns soft, add the chopped garlic and cook for another min.
  3. Follow this up with the chopped bell peppers and tomato. Don't cook it for too long as you will lose the crunch of the bell peppers.
  4. Now add the ground spices - turmeric, coriander, chilli powder and salt. Mix well.
  5. Add the paneer cubes and mix everything - not too quickly. Check for the seasoning. Add the lemon juice, garam masala, julliened ginger and coriander leaves for garnish.
  6. Serve this warm with rice or paratha/naan.
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