Sunday, December 12, 2010

Paneer Jalfrezi

This is a super delicious and a very simple paneer stir fry sabji. Another great brunch idea, where you can make this and get out of the kitchen in the least amount of time so as to enjoy the weekend with your family.

All you need is some onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and some paneer. This will go very well with some naans or puris. The original recipe calls for red chili powder but i added some fresh red chilies also for the extra kick. Skip the turmeric powder as it colors the whole dish in a pale yellow color. What you are looking for is the crisp colors of the white of the paneer, the greens of the bell peppers and red of the tomatoes.

Paneer is a star at our home, the day it is on the menu I have no trouble gathering everyone at the table, as a matter of fact they are patrolling the kitchen asking me when it will be ready. Make this sabji and enjoy it with your family.


Serves 3-4


2 medium sized onions, halved and sliced
2 small bell peppers or 1 big bell pepper, sliced ( bell pepper is also called as capsicum )
2 small tomatoes
14 oz / 400 gm of a block of paneer, cut into thin strips like french fries
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
4-5 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 inch of ginger, finely minced
1 medium sized scotch bonnet pepper, finely minced, OR 5 -6 thai green chilies, finely minced OR 1 tsp cayenne / red chili powder
1/2 tsp deggi mirch powder ( can substitute with cayenne powder )
3/4 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp of cilantro / dhaniya patta, finely chopped
salt, to taste

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan or wok. When hot add the cumin seeds and let it sizzle for 5 seconds and add the scotch bonnet pepper or green chilies, garlic and ginger. Saute this in the oil  for 1 minute and add the sliced onions. Fry till they are translucent.
  • Next add the sliced bell peppers and saute the whole thing for 5 minutes on medium low heat (  this setting is for my electric stove ). Next add the deggi mirch powder and garam masala. Mix it in. Add the tomatoes and paneer pieces. Add the salt and lime juice and mix it all together. Let it sit for another 5 minutes, let the spices coat the paneer pieces and then it is ready to come off the stove.
  • Serve with some hot rotis, or puris or delicious naans.

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