Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Paneer Jalfarezi

Paneer Jalfarezi is a quick and easy paneer dish, its basically a stir fry which is tangy and mildly spicy goes well with most Indian breads. 

"Paneer Jalfarezi"
Paneer Jalfarezi is and all time favorite at our home, its quick and easy and very flavorful and colourful too. For this I have used red, orange and yellow coloured capsicum along with the green ones, as these not only add colour but each and every capsicum has its own flavor. However you could use just the green ones too.

  
Usually I like to fry the paneer for most of the dishes but for this one I always keep it raw and try to us fresh paneer, so it can absorb the flavors well. The best thing about the dish is it can be prepared in minutes, its perfect for a quick lunch or dinner and also a great option for packed lunch for office or school. 

Here is the easy to follow recipe for "Panner Jalfarezi"   


Ingredients

Paneer (Cottage cheese) - 300 grams
Tomatoes - 2 medium sized
Onion - 1 medium size
Capsicum - 2 pcs (I had capsicum in red, orange ,yellow and green colour so have used half of each)
Ginger Julianne - 1 teaspoon
Green chilies, sliced - 2
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Whole dry red chili - 1 pc (broken into half) 
Red chili powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Garam masala - 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato Kechup - 1 tablespoon
Oil - 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste

Method

Make a puree of 1 fresh tomato and keep aside.
Cut paneer into 1 inch long and 1/2 inch thick pieces, Chop one tomato, onion and capsicums into 1/4th inch thick slices.(De - seed the Capsicum).




Heat oil in a kadhai or pan, add whole cumin seeds and dry red chili. Once the cumin seeds start to crack and release its aroma add the chopped onions and tomatoes, saute for a minute or so.




Add the chopped capsicums and mix well fry for a minute or so and add the turmeric and red chili powder, mix well and fry for another minute or two.



Add salt and fresh tomato puree, mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes, add the tomato sauce and mix well.




Add the paneer, julienne ginger and sliced green chilies and mix very gently (else the paneer will break). Let this cook for 2-3 minutes, add the garam masala powder, give it a gentle stir and let it cook for another minute or two and turn off the flame. 




Garnish with a few ginger julienne and serve hot along with your favorite Indian Bread.


Notes:

This Recipe serves 4.

Its a very quick dish and actually nothing much to take care of, just be gentle while stirring, once the paneer is added.
Its a semi dry preparation, so if you need more gravy then add a little water and adjust accordingly.
I like to make this with mixed bell peppers and have added half of each colour, however you could replace it with any colours that you have or just make it with the green ones.
Go a bit slow on the salt as we are using Tomato ketchup and that too contains salt.  

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