When you need a quick and easy paneer dish, this Restaurant-Style Paneer Jalfrezi has your back. It is a phenomenal vegetarian curry dish that is full of flavour and made with hearty chunks of paneer and comes together in 15 minutes.

When you need a quick and easy paneer dish, this Restaurant-Style Paneer Jalfrezi has your back. It is a phenomenal vegetarian curry dish that is full of flavour and made with hearty chunks of paneer and comes together in 15 minutes.


When you need a quick and easy paneer dish, this Restaurant-Style Paneer Jalfrezi has your back. It is a phenomenal vegetarian curry dish that is full of flavour and made with hearty chunks of paneer and comes together in 15 minutes.

Paneer, a type of Indian cheese is a great substitute in curries that usually have non-vegetarian ingredients.

We love Paneer dishes at home and often whip up Punjabi Saag Paneer or Matar Paneer in less than 30 minutes. Or for a more elaborate affair, a rich and creamy Shahi Paneer or Paneer Tikka Biryani. Now that the festive season is in full swing, you must include a couple of tasty paneer dishes in your menu or keep it handy and use it when you are stuck for ideas.

Scanpan CTX 26cm Frying Pan Review

To make our Paneer Jalfrezi we used our Scanpan CTX 26cm Frying Pan sent by Haus.

SCANPAN is a Danish brand renowned for its aluminum cookware and patented non-stick PFOA-free coating. The CTX range is manufactured in Denmark and is constructed with 5 layers to boost functionality and performance. The range is suitable for all hob types - including induction and is oven-proof for up to 260C. The non-stick coating is hard-wearing and can withstand the use of metal and steel kitchen tools.

I liked that the pan was lightweight, making it very easy to handle and that it was very easy to clean - little wipe with a sponge and soapy water was enough.

Scanpan CTX 26cm Frying Pan review on jagruti's cooking odyssey

What Is Jalfrezi?

Love curries? Then you must have seen or ordered a Jalfrezi dish in Indian restaurants or takeaways, either non-veg or veg. 

It is one of the most popular flavoured curries you'll see in UK curry houses. Jalfrezi dishes are made either meat or vegetarian versions are made with vegetables, paneer or tofu.

Many internet articles suggest that Jalfrezi is a wonderful creation of Indian and Chinese cuisine where Indian flavoured dish is created with Chinese techniques.

Jalfrezi dishes were created by cooks of British Raj to use up all the leftovers by using Chinese stir-fried techniques. 

Instead of simmering meat and vegetables together for hours in a pot like most Indian curries, the jalfrezi ingredients are quickly stirfried in a pan without closing the lid.

What Is Paneer Jalfrezi?

Paneer Jalfrezi is a delightful and flavoursome curry with tender chunks of paneer in a spicy semi-dry tomato sauce with stir-fried green peppers and onions.

The softness of paneer, crunchiness of green peppers and little tanginess from the tomatoes and the right level of spiciness blend so well in this curry.

What Goes Into Restaurant Style Paneer Jalfrezi?

1. Paneer, an Indian cottage cheese. Homemade is best but store-bought works fine too. If you can't find paneer, and don't have time to prepare you may use halloumi cheese instead.

2. Green pepper or bell pepper is also known as capsicum and is a nice addition to this curry. Adds complementary flavours, colours and crunchiness.

3. Onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes and tomato puree to add extra flavours and bulk up the dish.

4. Basic spices such as cumin, nigella, mustard, fenugreek and fennel seeds (panch phoran) garam masala, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder, also a pinch of kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) bring out delicious and restaurant-style flavours to the dish.

5. Adding, a small pinch of sugar adds little sweetness to the curry and balance it out the tartness of tomatoes.

6. To finish up the dish a dash of lemon juice, ginger juliennes and freshly chopped coriander works so well.

How To Make Restaurant Style Paneer Jalfrezi?

Basically, paneer jalfrezi is a stir-fry, so easy and quick dish to make. So first finish all the prep then start cooking.

Step by step pictures of restaurant style paneer jalfrezi

👉Start by sauteing paneer first in hot oil for a few minutes, do not overcook, remove once you see light brown spots on it.

👉Then panch phoran is added to the HOT oil, wait until they crackle to release the flavours. 

👉Add onion, ginger and garlic are sauteed and caramelized before thinly sliced vegetables added and stir-fried without losing their colour, texture and crunchiness.

👉Then the vegetables are seasoned with spices and masala and salt. 

👉Also, a pinch of sugar to balance out the tartness of the tomato. Finish it off with a squeeze of lemon for freshness.

What To Serve With Paneer Jalfrezi?

For a weeknight meal you can do with round and soft Gujarati rotlis, Garlic and Coriander Naan or poori and some salad. If you are having friends around you may add the following to make a complete meal:
Saag aloo
Dhaba Style Daal Fry
Ghee Rice
Gajar Ka halwa.

When you need a quick and easy paneer dish, this Restaurant-Style Paneer Jalfrezi has your back. It is a phenomenal vegetarian curry dish that is full of flavour and made with hearty chunks of paneer and comes together in 15 minutes.

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Restaurant Style Paneer Jalfrezi

Yield: 2-3 servings as mains
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 25 M
A finger-licking restaurant style paneer jalfrezi is a vegetarian, easy and quick dish. It is a phenomenal vegetarian curry dish with hearty chunks of paneer and comes together in 15 minutes.


  • Nonstick frying pan
  • Spatula 
  • Knief
  • Chopping board
Paneer Jalfrezi
  • 200g paneer batons 
  • 1 big green pepper/bell pepper/capsicum thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato  sliced
  • 3 TBSP tomato puree/passata 
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 TSP. minced ginger-garlic
  • 1 green chilli sliced (optional)
  • 3 TBSP. oil
  • 1 TSP. Panch Phoran/Five spices 
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch dry fenugreek/kasoori methi
  • 1 TSP Red Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/4 TSP turmeric powder
  • 1/4 TSP garam masala
  • 1 TSP ground coriander 
  • Pinch sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • 1/2 TSP kasoori methi
  • 1 TBSP finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Lemon/lime wedges
  • 1 TSP ginger juliennes


How to cook Restaurant Style Paneer Jalfrezi

  1. In a pan heat oil, shallow fry paneer batons until golden brown on all the sides.
  2. Remove it and keep it aside on a plate.
  3. In the same hot oil, add panch phoran and let it crackle.
  4. Add sliced onion and saute till light pink.
  5. Now add minced ginger-garlic, let it cook for a few seconds.
  6. Add green peppers and green chilli if using.
  7. Stir-fry the veggies for a couple of minutes, then add fresh tomatoes and tomato puree.
  8. Add all the spices and masala along with kasoori methi. 
  9. Make sure the masala doesn't burn if you think it's sticking add a couple of spoons water. 
  10. Add salt and sugar.
  11. Mix well, add shallow fried paneer, lemon juice and gently mix everything.
  12. Serve hot in a serving bowl, garnish it with the freshly chopped coriander, kasoori methi, lemon wedges and ginger juliennes. 


Only cumin seeds can be used if panch phoran is not available.
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Disclaimer- I was gifted the Scanpan CTX 26cm Frying Pan by Haus and not told or paid to write anything positive. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you, Haus team.


  1. It is so wonderful to visit your website with beautiful pics and lovely write ups. Paneer looks scrumptious and with this recipe there is no need to go to restaurant any more.

  2. I love the way you write about the dish, you give a complete overview of the recipe. I never tried Jalfrezi at home, I always go with familiar paneer recipes at home. Whenever I go to the restaurant, I order paneer jalfrezi with roti, it looks so rich and creamy with all those vegetables, I myself thought it must be a difficult dish to prepare. You made it very easy. Bookmarking it. :)

  3. That Paneer Jalfrezi looks super restaurant style... I love how the pan you have reviewed looks to. What a beautiful dish to make to start off that pan...

  4. I LOVE jalfrazi and your restaurant style recipe looks just perfect. I would love to make it right away. Such a yummy side dish to roti & paratha.

  5. Love paneer jalfrezi, its definitely a popular dish that is ordered by most vegetarians at any Indian restaurant. Had no idea that this famous Indian dish has been inspired by Chinese cooking technique. I thought it was a dish inspired during the British Raj in India where left overs were used by stir frying them with onion and chilis.

  6. I love to order Paneer Jalfrezi in a restaurant and yours look so good. This is just perfect with some garlic naan on the side. I will definitely be trying this recipe soon.

  7. Love that combination of panch phoran and kasuri methi in your recipe. And yours looks even better than any restaurant Paneer Jalfrezi!

  8. This Paneer Jalfrezi actually looks like what we order in the restaurants. I love your photographs, they make your dishes even more tempting.

  9. Gorgeous captures!! Paneer Jalferzi looks so delicious just like restaurant kinds..We Love to have it fresh hot chapatis, naan or wrapped in tortillas!!

  10. Paneer or veg jalfrezi happened to be my regular ordered days during my stay in Goa... The curry looks so delicious...pan is sleek

  11. A very popular dish ordered in restaurants, but I'm sure your will taste way better than any restaurant!! Love everything in the frame...Picture perfect and delicious combo 😋

  12. As you said, Jalfrezi is one of the most loved curry after butter masala. Though I regularly make jalfrezi at home, addition of panch poran sounds interesting! I can't wait to try your version soon.

  13. we love any dish with paneer!!! jalfrezi is our next favorite to Paneer butter masala!!! That plate looks scrumptious and much tempting!!!!

  14. Restaurant-Style Paneer Jalfrezi is a common ordered dish in restaurant and you have prepared so perfectly this dish. Looks really so tempting and wanna have with some tandoori roti :)

  15. Love love love the shots for the Jalfrezi. This is a recipe i actually miss and the jalfrezi gets so distorted here. Thankyou for the recipe.

  16. this is a recipe i Actually miss in australia as it gets so distorted even at the restaurants here. Thankyou for the recipe and love love love the shots


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