Paneer Jalfrezi – A Guest Post for Prerna of India Simmer

Well the season of guest posts continues on Sinfully Spicy :) Welcome to another one..this time at one of my super favorite indian cuisine blogs – Indian Simmer!

Prerna from Indian Simmer is one person who never fails to fascinate me with her warmth & energy. Always full of excitement, I would say that she is one of the most cheerful lady I have met in the blogging world. They say that you need an eye for beauty, as much as I have known her, I feel that the kind of emotions & personality you carry around in life tend to reflect in everything you do – be it words, lens or recipes. Beautiful people make beautiful blogs – Indian Simmer is a testimonial of exactly that! Her lens is what personifies indian cuisine to the root  – Vibrant, colorful & mouthwatering!

I was honored when she asked me to guest post on her blog. Thank you so much, Prerna. Among many of her creative ideas, she came up with this series where she wants to feature her favorite blogs; well the thought of kick starting the series is jaw dropping for me. To make the series fun, she posed me with a little questionnaire, which I tried my best to answer.

Read my little chit chat & recipe for Paneer Jalfrezi on her blog here. You can find the printable recipe here.

Ingredients  (Serves 2)

  • 3 tbsp canola/olive/sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1″ fresh gingershoot, minced
  • 2 Thai green chilies, chopped
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes, quartered & sliced
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1.5 tbsp red chili flakes (adjust to tolerance)
  • 1 cup sliced bell peppers (use any colored peppers of choice)
  • 7 oz / (200gm) paneer (Indian cheese), sliced into 2” batons
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1.5 tbsp white vinegar / fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • Chopped Cilantro for garnish

Method: –

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet or pan /wok/kadhai on high. Once smoking, add cumin & coriander seeds and fry for 30 seconds or so till they crackle.

Next, add the minced ginger & garlic along with green chilies and cook for another 30 seconds till you smell the aroma.

Reduce heat to medium and add sliced onions next to the pan and fry till soft and translucent. About 2-3 minutes.

Add sliced tomatoes, turmeric powder & red chili flakes to the pan next and fry for 5-7 minutes till tomatoes begin to sweat & soften but do not turn mushy. You will see oil separating on sides of the pan. Stir frequently to prevent tomatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the sliced peppers next, stir and fry them for 5-8 minutes so that they cook slightly but still hold their shape & are crunchy.

Add the paneer next along with salt, increase heat to high and cook for 2-3 minutes with gentle tossing so as not to break the cheese.

Remove from heat, sprinkle the garam masala, sugar & top up with vinegar. Combine well. Garnish with chopped cilantro & serve with steamed rice or Indian breads.

Enjoy & Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Looks and sounds absolutely delicious!
    Thanks for a great recipe :D
    I adore paneer!

  2. A great dish! I absolutely have to make paneer in order to be able to cook all those amazing Indian dishes.



  3. ha ha guess what I made yesterday? Chicken jalfreziiii! We need to do something about this crazy thing of ours. And while doing research on jalfrezi, I read and wrote almost similar things! Looks great Tanvi. You both are my dear friends and I love seeing you together. Off to read your interview!

  4. Oh my god, I love this!

  5. Fantastic & inviting Jalfrezi!!! Awesome clicks :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. Wow looks so delicious, yummy looking too

  7. Omg, super inviting jalfrezi, stunning clicks..

  8. Tanvi, can you believe I ahve never tried paneer before? Seriously need to correct that ASAP as this jalfrezi looks mouthwatering. Off to read your questionnaire!

  9. wow, that looks great and I love how she served it in an iron skillet

  10. I just read your interview on Prerna’s blog Tanvi. I must say it was great. Jalfrezi is my favourite dish. Loved the way you have captured it. Perfect as usual

  11. This looks like a great way to prepare paneer, which I love!

  12. Such a wonderful collaboration! I am heading right over to Indian Simmer!

  13. Hi Tanvi,
    What a talented girl you are! Gorgeous space and stunning shots!!!…Love it :)
    Hope to see you on my little blog…sometime :)
    BTW, I love Dilli…yes, Dilli….not Delhi ..:)

    Happy Dussehra!

  14. Oh Tanvi, you always make delicious food. I don’t (can’t?) even eat spicy food but I still drool over your food. And I look very carefully at your pictures (I always do) and I see a pair of Japanese chopsticks. =) Hehee. Going to check your post now!

  15. Your photos are beautiful and this looks so delicious. Heading over to read your guest post and the recipe. Thanks!

  16. Ooo how fun! off to go check it out…there’s little I love more than paneer.

  17. Beautiful photos and lovely recipe!

  18. ahh…every recipe on your blog is awesome. indian food rocks :D i just cant resist paneer ;-) looks very very yummy tanvi

  19. Stunning photos as always Tanvi! Very vibrant and colorful. You have made me crave for it now :-)

  20. What vibrant photographs Tanvi. I have so many of your recipes bookmarked. I made the date-fig ladoo and it came out lovely.

  21. Just went by and saw this on Prerna’s blog… so beautiful, Tanvi. Your photos and recipes are always so inspiring (and hunger inducing… ha) :)

  22. wowzers this paneer looks so flavorful~ another amazing post tanvi :)

  23. Hi Tanvi, Im so glad to discover your beautiful site through Indian simmer, happy to follow!

  24. the jalfrezi looks amazing! very pretty presentations and clicks Tanvi!.

  25. they look so so good! same as anita, I’ve got loads of your recipes bookmarked!

  26. i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

  27. Thank you so much everyone…love you all!

  28. Gorgeous color! I don’t think I ever ate this dish of Paneer but now I have to try. Great guest post :)

  29. Gorgeous! Just gorgeous tanvi! Lovely guest post! xx

  30. Hi Tanvi!I made Paneer Jalfrezi some time back,which was the only time I made it.The crunchiness of peppers,softness of paneer..The fusion of colors..Sweetness from the sugar and tang from the vinegar – This dish is truly an art form!
    Thanks for sharing!:-)

  31. love, love, love, love, LOVE!

  32. The peppers and the onions really stand out with this dish. It looks colorfully wonderful and very tasty as well. Wonderful job Tanvi

  33. Hey you have been busy lately ;).
    I was thinking to make your chicken, and this one too!!!

  34. Gorgeous! Looks amazing…. Want, mouth drooling! Great looking dish. Indian for breakfast…. Yum!

  35. Tanvi, what a fabulous dish…I love paneer and this dish looks absolutely delicious…love the color.
    Hope you are having a great week :-)

  36. So true about Prerna, Tanvi. You know, for some reason the two of you kinda strike me as having similar personalities, not to mention the beauty, popularity and the artistic touches :) Kudos to your friendship!

  37. Amazing photos and what a great recipe as guest post. I always miss India more, just by browsing your recipes :D

  38. Wonderful pics and it looks absolutely delicious!! Off to read the full post!!

  39. please post the chicken variant of this recipe!!!

    • Hi Jean,
      The chicken variant is almost the same as with paneer. Follow the recipe as it is and the point where I add paneer, add chicken breast (cut into 2″ strips) & stir fry on high for 6-7 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Alternatively, you can use rotisserie chicken strips in place of paneer & stir fry on high for 3-4 minutes until everything comes together.

      Thanks for stopping by & I hope this helps.

  40. Well its a great item indeed..! and the last photograph confirms that its really a Jalfrezi not something else with only name resemblance because of the presence of rice.

  41. Tanvi!
    I have been snooping up a storm on your site! Wowsers! have I been missing out – EVERYTHING is beautifully photographed and looks so delicious and fragrant and wonderful. I have earmarked a few – like the smoky eggplant and this one. I hope to not miss another post!
    YUM! :)

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