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Paneer Jalfrezi Recipe

Paneer Jalfrezi is a delicious, gluten-free, one-pot Indian stir fry (sabzi) with cottage cheese and vegetables. Learn how to make vegetable jalfrezi in a few simple steps.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 adults
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • Heavy Bottom Kadhai


  • 250 Gram Paneer (cottage cheese), cut into strips
  • 1 Cup sliced onion
  • 1 Cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 Cup sliced green capsicum
  • 1 Cup sliced tomato (discard pulp and seeds)
  • 1 Teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger & garlic paste
  • ½ Cup tomato sauce or ketchup
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 Teaspoon red chilli powder or to taste
  • 2 Teaspoon coriander powder
  • 4 Tablespoon mustard oil or cooking oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Kasuri Methi or Dried Fenugreek Leaves

Ingredients For Garnish:

  • 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced ginger


  • Heat oil in a wok or stir fry pan over medium flame.
  • Add cumin seeds and nigella seeds. Cook for 10 seconds. Add sliced onion, fry till onion softens. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  • Next, add the tomato sauce, salt, and spices. Stir to combine. Add ¼ cup of water, mix, and cook the masala over low heat for 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Add the colored bell peppers, capsicum, and fry again on high flame for 2 minutes to cook the vegetables.
  • At last add paneer strips, sliced tomato, dried fenugreek leaves, and gently mix them until all the masalas coat all the vegetables and paneer. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes but do not stir very frequently otherwise paneer will crumble.
  • Sprinkle sliced ginger and coriander leaves before serving.
  • Serve Paneer Jalfrezi warm with chapati or naan.



  • Jalfrezi is a quick stir-fry and has a crunch to it. Hence, do not cook the vegetables for too long. 
  • Instead of tomato sauce, you can add tomato pasta sauce or canned tomatoes along with a teaspoon of sugar. 
  • Adjust the amount of red chili powder as per your taste preference. If you want to make it spicier, add sliced green chili.
  • From colorful bell peppers, carrot, cauliflower to potato, you can add any vegetable of choice in jalfrezi. 
  • For cooking, you can use olive oil, coconut oil, mustard oil, or any other cooking oil available. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1851IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 1mg