Paneer Jalfrezi in a jiffy

Mallika Basu - Paneer Jalfrezi in a jiffy

Weekday evenings are made for quick one pot meals, and Paneer Jalfrezi always rises to the occasion. Soft chunks of paneer stir fried with peppers and onions, it's a moist dish tossed in spices that enhance rather than overpower it. Jhal means spicy hot and Frezi means fried, so this really is our version of a stir fry. The best thing about this dish, is that it doesn't use a load of specialist ingredients that need a trip to the shops. With all that time and effort saved, I often make soft chappatis to go with the lot too.


Deseed the peppers and cube along with the paneer and onion. Bring the oil to heat on high and when it’s hot, spoon in the cumin seeds and as they sizzle up toss in the paneer and vegetables. Give them a stir.

Next, mix the tomato puree with the spice powders and two tablespoons of warm water. Pour this all over the paneer and vegetables. Stir fry on high until the vegetables soften and the paneer starts going golden in parts.

Mix the garam masala and salt to your taste to finish. You could add chopped coriander to serve.



5 responses to “Paneer Jalfrezi in a jiffy”

  1. ann says:

    I am bowing (as low as my 70yrs allow) to you Mallika.
    I have just consumed the first of many repeats of this recipe. The only change I made was in the colour of the peppers (I refuse to eat green ones) the ones growing out back were a glorious red so that is what I used.
    Being of an addictive personality I will have to STOP myself from a daily inhalation of this recipe.
    Loved it, thank you.
    P.S. I really do believe that I was Indian in my last life. Geez! I hope I can hang on to that for the next one.

    • Mallika says:

      Ann, you were definitely Indian in your last life and are perhaps half Indian in this one! So so happy to hear you like this so much. Red peppers it is then! x

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  3. Krishna Kodi says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am very fond of Indian food and cooking new dishes. That’s why I love Indian cuisine. I’ll try this one also and serve for my family.

  4. Aditi says:

    Tried this today, really quick and easy and incredibly delicious! Thank you so much, this is a keeper! (We pulled it off in our uni kitchen in under 15 mins!)

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