‘Jalfrezi’ is a rich curry with Indian origins, which involves stir frying chopped veggies in oil and spices until thick. The dish traces its origin back to colonial days as the first recipes were obtained from cookbooks of the British Raj. The word ‘jalfrezi’ comes from the Bengali work ‘jhal’ that means hot or spicy. Hence, the fiery nature of this dish.

The curry was deemed one of the most popular Indian dishes to be ordered in the UK recently. It can be made with a variety of main ingredients like vegetables, meat, etc. This recipe will guide you on how to whip up a mean Paneer Jalfrezi.

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Paneer Jalfrezi
A thick spicy gravy with Indian cottage cheese.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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  1. Slice the paneer lengthwise. Set aside.
  2. Puree tomatoes and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and sauté cumin until they crackle.
  4. Fry onions until transparent.
  5. Fry ginger garlic paste to remove the raw smell.
  6. Add tomato puree and fry until it thickens a bit.
  7. Add spice powders and salt. Fry until the raw smell of tomatoes is vanished.
  8. Fry the bell peppers until half done.
  9. Add paneer, kasuri methi and stir slowly to coat the spice paste well.
  10. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  11. Add coriander leaves and stir.
  12. Garnish with coriander leaves.

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