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Cottage Cheese in Exotic Curry – Paneer Jalfrezi, Bringing Back the Nostalgia

10 November 2011 28 Comments

Paneer Jalfreji in Exotic gravy

Certain food brings back the memories associated with it, the person who cooked it, the people we ate with, and the occasion it was cooked for. When Alicia Cowan of My Dish contacted me to write about food which makes me nostalgic, it took me a while to zero down to just one recipe! Oh yes..this Cottage cheese in exotic gravy mom prepared for almost all the parties we used to host at home is a nostalgic recipe. Though not for the flavors and the recipe itself but for the fun & frolic we had during those parties with friends. And mom was quite famous for this Paneer Jalfrzi with her hot Kulchas.Even now whenever (read rarely) I cook this recipe I make sure to call at least one childhood friend to talk about those wonderful childhood days of yesteryear.

Good chance for me as well to try out this recipe and relive the nostalgia once again through My Dish, who is hosting a competition which is all about the food that makes you nostalgic.for a chance to win £ 100 M&S vouchers. So go ahead and share your recipes here, who knows you might win this surprise Christmas gift.

And now coming back to the recipe, Paneer Jalfrezi is an exotic Indian curry with wonderful flavors of various aromatic spices and rich nutty gravy, paired with Kulchas – Indian flat breads it is a royal treat. There are two ways a Jalfrezi recipe could be prepared one is stir fry and the other is gravy style. I cooked the same gravy version my mom used to cook for our parties with coconut and cashew paste and paired it with Kulcha, a delightful Indian flat breads.

Read the recipe at your own risk since it has more calories than Lite Bite can digest!

Paneer Jalfreji in Exotic gravy

A few ingredients to go in inthe recipe..


(serve 2)

Ground to paste

  • 1 large onion
  • 2  large tomato/1 cup tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp. grated coconut
  • 8-10 cashew nuts
  • 1 small green chilli
  • 1 inch ginger


  • 2 cardamon pods
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder


  • Shredded fresh coriander leaves
  • 4-5 strands of saffron (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. cream (optional)
Paneer Jalfreji in Exotic gravy

Pair it with Indian flat breads.

Method; Peel and chop onion. Slice tomato and onion and grind it along with rest of the ingredients (ground to paste). Slice the cottage cheese into small pieces.

Heat oil in a kadai/wok and crackle cumin seeds add cardamom pods & clove followed by the ground paste. Add all the spices mentioned. Saute’ well till for about 7-8 minutes till the raw smell of the ground paste disappear and the oil starts floating over the masala.

You can fry the cottage cheese cubes into the oil before making the gravy or just use them as it is.

Paneer Jalfreji in Exotic gravy

Look at the rich gravy..Mmm..

Boil 1 cup of water or more if you require more gravy. Pour the boiled water into the cooked gravy and simmer well for another 5 minutes.

Paneer Jalfreji in Exotic gravy

A delight in every bite!

Serve the exotic Cottage cheese in nutty gravy – Paneer Jalfrezi with Indian flat breads, try these Kulchas I paired with this recipe here.


  1. I used tomato paste in the recipe, since I had an open packet of the same in my refrigerator.
  2. You can avoid coconut and cashew altogether and still get a rich gravy for the recipe.
  3. Slightly deep fry the Cottage cheese cubes for much better texture ad taste.
  4. Add fresh green peas instead of  sweet corn for much better color contrast in the dish.
  5. Use Tofu in place of cottage cheese for much healthier option.

Yes, I got my credits when hubby ashed me, “Did you get it from somewhere“, as I rarely cook such rich and heavy dishes on normal days. Recreate the magic of a restaurant at your home, make your weekends special and surprise your guests with this delightful recipe.


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  • Sia said:

    ~drool, drool, drool~

    such a gorgeous, creamy texture it has got! I have never made Paneer jalfrezi till date. but things are gonna change pretty soon after seeing this post of yours.

    and my amma’s signature dish was paneer makhani 🙂 Oh, how I miss those days!
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  • a spoonful of yumm said:

    i love paneer anything….indian food is the best 😀
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  • Priti said:

    Looks so delish ..the gravy looks fab …yummy with those kulcha
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    Yummy! I am sure my hubby will ask the same question if i make it at home 🙂 lol… I really like paneer though! It’s rich but also healthy if consumed in moderation.
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  • Priya said:

    Super tempting jalfrezi,highly irresistible.
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  • priya srinivasan said:

    yummy gravy!!!! so tempting!!!! Bookmarking it!!!

  • latha said:

    sanjeetha, children are really bored with same side dishes.but seeing this i feel very happy now i surprise them with this new dish

  • renuka said:

    This recipe seems very very yummie….will surely try it out and give feedback….

  • Joanne said:

    What a fabulous dish! i love anythign with paneer and this would make me nostalgic even though I’ve never had it before!
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  • Premalatha Aravindhan said:

    wow i cannt wait to try this recipe dear,really tempting sure will try …
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  • Faith said:

    This is a favorite dish and I’ve never thought to make it at home — now I can’t wait to! Thanks so much for sharing — I’m bookmarking! 🙂
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  • Shruti said:

    My efforts to make Shahi paneer and Paneer Jalfrezi has always ended up tasting the same! I will surely try your recipe.
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  • Karen said:

    This is such a beautiful dish! Love the flavors and ingredients…definitely want to try making something like this soon.
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  • Tina said:

    Sooooo colourful and delicious..

  • Georgie said:

    Oh my, what a beautiful dish! Its worth every single calorie!
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  • Spandana said:

    Looks very very yummy…. extra calories once in a while are allowed 🙂
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  • Spandana said:

    Is this your blog too?? I was kind of confused!
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Spandana, Yes it is my blog. Taste matter more on my other blog, I blog about not so healthy foods there 🙂

  • Baker Street said:

    Lovely! I love those baby kulchas you served the paneer with!
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  • easyfoodsmith said:

    Certain smells, sights and tastes evoke very pleasant memories. Its definitely a rich yet flavoursome dish. Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe 🙂
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  • Nitha said:

    That looks super delicious..
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  • marla said:

    Sanjeeta, this looks wonderful. My kids love paneer too!

  • Cham said:

    What a creamy and rich paneer dish! Delicious with naan and rice!

  • daksha said:

    Whats not to like gorgeous texture and flavors… this is elegant to serve to guests as well~

  • mjskit said:

    This looks delicious! I just want to grab a fork and start eating. Wonderful dish!
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  • Jamie said:

    This really does look so delicious, rich and flavorful! Love the picture! And I love making and eating food that reminds me of being home… that’s what food is all about, isn’t it?
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  • Sowmya said:

    Looks very rich n creamy…lovely clicks!

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