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paneer jalfrezi in a white bowl with a paratha, sprig of coriander and onion slices on a marble.

Paneer Jalfrezi | Restaurant style paneer curry

Paneer Jalfrezi is a classic Indian cottage cheese curry packed with full of flavours, perfect for get together, curry night or any special occasions. This paneer jalfrezi recipe is a great choice for weekend feast as well.
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Course: Curries
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Geetha


1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 teaspoon =5ml

  • 3 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 81 gm Onions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 Green chillies slit
  • 95 gm Tomato puree
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1.5 teaspoon Chilli powder/ Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • Salt as required
  • 57 gm Tomato ketchup
  • 42 gm Onions sliced
  • 56 gm Tomatoes deseed and sliced
  • 118 gm Mixed bell peppers /Capsicum deseed and sliced
  • 1 inch Ginger cut into thin strips
  • 200 gms Paneer cut into 1 inch strips
  • handful Coriander leaves chopped


  • Before you get started, scroll up a little and watch a quick recipe video.
  • Check the notes and tips at the bottom of the recipe for extra info and help.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, add cumin seeds and saute for few seconds. Let them sizzle and change colour.
  • Add chopped onion, ginger-garlic paste, green chilli and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the onion starts browning.
  • Put tomato puree, dry spices, salt, mix well and cook for 5 minutes or until oil separates from the onion-tomato gravy.
  • Mix in tomato ketchup and cook for a couple of minute.
  • Stir in sliced onion, tomato, mixed bell peppers (capsicum) and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add paneer and mix gently until well combined.
  • Finally add chopped coriander and switch the flame off.
  • Serve spicy and tasty paneer jalfrezi with naan or rice.



I have used homemade tomato puree. You may use store-bought ones if you don't have enough time to make it at home.
Adjust spices as per your preferred spice levels. Jalfrezi is generally a spicy dish but feel free to customise to suit your taste buds.
Scale up the measurements as per your required quantity.
To save time pre-cut vegetables, make-ahead onion tomato masala and keep them in the refrigerator. Toss the sliced vegetables and paneer with onion tomato masala just before you plan to serve. Check the seasoning and adjust.
** Nutritional information provided here is estimated and for guidance only. Please refer my Recipe Disclaimer for more details.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1535IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 1mg
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