This jalfrezi is specifically for paneer, the Indian cheese, and is little more than a stir-fry, which is perfect for the main ingredient.


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1½ tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 dried Kashmiri chilli, whole with seeds

  • 5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, finely shredded

  • 3 small onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 fresh green chilli, chopped, with or without seeds

  • 1 red or yellow pepper, seeds removed, cut lengthways into 5mm/¼in-thick strips

  • 1 green pepper, seeds removed, cut lengthways into 5mm/¼in-thick strips

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp ground turmeric

  • 1½ tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

  • 250g/9oz paneer, cut into 3cm/1¼in x 1.5cm/¾in pieces

  • 3 tomatoes, cut into strips

  • 1 tsp wine vinegar

  • ½ tsp toasted ground cumin seeds

  • ¾ tsp garam masala


  • 1.

    Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan or karahi over a medium heat and add the cumin seeds, whole dried chilli and about two-thirds of the shredded ginger, and fry for 30 seconds until aromatic.

  • 2.

    Add the onions and green chilli and fry for 5–6 minutes, or until the onions are just softening but not browned and still have a little crunch. Add the peppers, salt, turmeric and chilli powder, and fry for a further 3–4 minutes.

  • 3.

    Lower the heat, add the paneer to the pan and gently stir everything together for about five minutes, then add the tomato and heat through. Stir in the vinegar, ground cumin and garam masala, scatter with the remaining shredded ginger, and serve.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

  • Energy 463kj
  • Fat Total 28g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Protein 20g
  • Carbohydrate 38g
  • Sugar 16g
  • Sodium 1506mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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