Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Paneer Jalfrezie (Creamy Cheese with Red Onion and Bell Peppers)

The word Jalfrezie, a coined term that originated in Indian restaurents catering to the English, has come to mean many things. Some associate it with "chiles-hot," while to others it indicates the inclusion of bell peppers and onions as key ingredient that contribute to the curry's gusto. So this recipe is an old English favorite curry.

Serves 6

2 tbsps oil
1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium-size green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsps finely chopped fresh ginger
1/2 cup tomato sauce, canned or homemade
1 tbsp Balti Masala
1 tsp salt
2 tbsps finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
8 ounce Paneer, cut into 1-inch cubes


Heat the oil in a wok, or a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and ginger, and stir fry until the onion is light brown around the edges, 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomato sauce, balti masala, and salt. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until a bit of oil starts to form on the surface and sround the edges, 5 to 8 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup of water and the cilantro. (The water thins the curry to accommodate the cheese.)

Gently fold in the paneer, raise the heat to medium-high, and simmer, uncovered, stirring every so often, until the sauce starts to thicken, 10-12 minutes. Then serve.


Priya said...

Yummyilicious and lipsmacking paneer fav dish!

Sonu said...

Bookmarked! :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Wow thats a superb click ramya...loved it as its looking so delicious..

Prathibha said...

Wow the curry looks yummy.....balti masala..???..nice name..

Ramya Kiran said...

Thank you everyone. This curry is now one of my new fav too..

Happy cook said...

Latley i have been seeing so much paneer dishes i should makes once paneer, this looks yumm.

Sireesha said...

Looks relishing:)

Divya Vikram said...

I love jalfrezies. This looks too good!

Dolly said...

Absolutely love your blog. First time into ur blog. I'm going to be a regular now. Love your pictures and your mouth watering recipes.

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