Paneer Jalfrezie (Spicy Indian Cottage Cheese)

For the first time, I tried a dry sabzi with paneer. It came out really yummy. Plus, the ardent paneer fan that I am, I would surely be trying this out more often 🙂




Paneer: 200 gms

Capsicum: 1 large one

Onion: 1 large one

Tomato: 1 large or 2 small ones

Garlic: 3-4 cloves

Cumin seeds (Jeera): 1 teaspoon

Turmeric (haldi) powder: ¼ teaspoon

Red chilly powder: ½ teaspoon

Coriander (dhania) powder: 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon

Juice of half a lemon/lime

Oil: 2 tablespoons

Salt to taste



  1. Cut the paneer into 1 inch square cubes.
  2. Finely chop the garlic.
  3. Halve and slice the onion.
  4. Chop the tomato and capsicum in long pieces.
  5. In a heavy-bottomed (non-stick) pan, stir-fry the paneer in one tablespoon of cooking oil till they are a nice brown color on both sides. Once done, set aside in a plate.

  7. In the same pan, add the rest of the oil and heat. When well-heated, add the cumin seeds and roast.
  8. Add the chopped garlic and sauté.
  9. When the garlic starts turning brown, add the onion and sauté till the onion is translucent and has brown spots. Cook covered to avoid adding more oil. Stir occasionally.

  11. Add the capsicum and stir. Cook covered till the capsicum is almost done. Stir occasionally.
  12. Now, the tomato and dry spice powders can be added. Mix well and cook covered till the tomatoes are almost done. Stir occasionally.
  13. Lastly, stir in the roasted paneer pieces and add salt to taste. Mix in and cook covered till the tomatoes are mushy – this might take about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  15. Turn off the heat. Mix in the lemon juice and serve.
  16. You can enjoy this dish with rotis, naans, and other Indian bread varieties. Also, tastes yummy as a side dish with rice and dal.


4 Responses to “Paneer Jalfrezie (Spicy Indian Cottage Cheese)”

  1. I love paneer made like this.
    Looks yumm.
    I am sure it was super dleicious with the roties.

    From skribles: Thanks Happy Cook.

  2. Hi S, looks delicious indeed. Somebody gave us a bottle of Jalfrezi masala jar for X Mas , I have yet to try.

    Happy new year! 🙂

    From skribles: Thanks Asha

  3. can I use tofu instead of paneer as that would be more nutricious

    From skribles: Thanks for visiting vi. Yes, I think you can use tofu – tho i hvnt tried it myself.

  4. i prefer it for breakfast, you are exllnt cook.

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