Vegetable Jalfrezi

Vegetable Jalfrezi made in the Instant Pot!

This recipe is loaded with veggies, paneer and all cooked together in a tangy tomato sauce.

Pairs well with naan or rice.

vegetable jalfrezi served in a black bowl with naan placed in the background along with some onion slices

So now that Diwali is done, we can get back to regular recipes.

How was Diwali guys? What did you guys do? We ate tons of homemade sweets and snacks, decorated the house and had a good time with friends.

Isn’t that what Diwali is all about? Food and happiness!

Back to regular food now and one of the recipes that I have been meaning to share with you guys is this Vegetable Jalfrezi.

Jalfrezi is a popular curry dish which originated in the Indian subcontinent and more often than not it was supposed to be spicy and tangy!

It was also traditionally made with chicken.

But my version is vegetarian (loaded with veggies), gets done in one-pot and mildly spiced (hey that’s me!).

This Vegetable Jalfrezi

✓ is easy to make in one-pot

✓ packed with so many flavors

✓ goes well with rice or naan

✓ can be made vegan by using tofu in place of paneer

Okay, the ingredient list for this vegetable jalfrezi might seem too long but honestly guys it comes together quickly.

I would suggest prepping everything in advance before you begin. So chop the veggies and have the spices ready to go before you start.

Once that’s done, it’s all about adding everything to the pot.

I have used several vegetables here- carrot, green peas, green peppers. There’s also paneer for that extra flavor.

You may use potatoes as well or green beans. I would not suggest using cauliflower as that would go mush in this time.

The jalfrezi curry is supposed to be spicy and tangy. Since I don’t prefer very spicy food, this is mildly spiced.

You may adjust the spices levels to taste.

The tang in this dish comes from vinegar and tomato ketchup so do not skip on those.

vegetable jalfrezi served with naan and raw onion rings

Vegan Jalfrezi

You can make the jalfrezi vegan by skipping the paneer and using tofu in place.

Can’t get simpler than that!

Stove-top Instructions

This recipe can be easily made on stove-top.

Please check the stove-top instructions in the recipe card below.

Vegetable Jalfrezi is best enjoyed with naan or rice. You can even serve it over cauliflower rice for a low-carb alternative.

 

Method

1- Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the cumin seeds. Let the cumin seeds sizzle for few seconds.

Then add the onion, green onion and sliced green chili. Stir and cook for 2 minutes until onions are soft.

2- Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.

3- Then add the sliced tomato, carrot, frozen green peas and paneer. Stir.

4- Add water and de-glaze the pot. Scrape the bottom with a spatula and remove all browned bits from the bottom of the pot (that happens as a result of sauteing the onions).

Don’t skip this step else the pot might not come to pressure.

step by step picture collage of making vegetable jalfrezi in instant pot

5- Then add turmeric, cardamom, chili powder, garam masala, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, salt. Add tomato puree on top and do not stir.

6- Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.

7- Open the pot and press the saute button. Add the sliced green peppers and ginger julienne. Cover the pot with a glass lid and let it simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.

8- Add in fresh cilantro.step by step picture collage of making vegetable jalfrezi in instant pot

Serve vegetable jalfrezi with naan, rice or quinoa!

vegetable jalfrezi served in a black bowl with naan placed in the background along with some onion slices

More Indian Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Butter Paneer

Instant Pot Vegetable Korma

Instant Pot Tofu Tikka Masala

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Vegetable Jalfrezi

Veggies and paneer tossed in a spicy and tangy curry. This Vegetable Jalfrezi pairs well with naan or rice and is all done in one-pot. Gluten-free.

vegetable jalfrezi served in a black bowl with naan placed in the background along with some onion slices
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword vegetable jalfrezi
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 237 kcal
Author: Manali
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons oil, 22 ml, I used avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks green onion , chopped
  • 1 green chili, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into rounds
  • 1/4 cup green peas, I used frozen
  • 3/4 cup paneer cubes, 120 grams
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup tomato puree, store bought, canned
  • 1 medium green pepper, sliced
  • 1 inch ginger , cut into julienne
  • cilantro, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Press the saute button on the Instant Pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the cumin seeds. Let the cumin seeds sizzle for few seconds.

    Then add the onion, green onion and sliced green chili. Stir and cook for 2 minutes until onions are soft.

  2. Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.

  3. Then add the sliced tomato, carrot, frozen green peas and paneer. Stir.

  4. Add water and de-glaze the pot. Scrape the bottom with a spatula and remove all browned bits from the bottom of the pot (that happens as a result of sauteing the onions).

    Don't skip this step else the pot might not come to pressure. If you have a 8qt, you might need extra 1/4 to 1/2 cup water.

  5. Then add turmeric, cardamom, chili powder, garam masala, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, salt. Add tomato puree on top and do not stir.

  6. Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.

  7. Open the pot and press the saute button. Add the sliced green peppers and ginger julienne. Cover the pot with a glass lid and let it simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Add in fresh cilantro.

  8. Serve vegetable jalfrezi with naan, rice or quinoa!

Stove-top Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the cumin seeds and let then sizzle. The add the onions, green chili and saute them for 2 to 3 minutes until softened.

  2. Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute. Then add the sliced tomato, carrot, peas and paneer. Add water (you might need only 1/2 cup of water while making this on stove-top). Also add turmeric, cardamom, chili powder, garam masala, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, salt and tomato puree. Stir and cover the pan with a lid. Let the veggies cook for 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. Then add the green peppers and ginger julienne. Cover and simmer for 3 more minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. You might need to add more water if you have a 8qt. Since I don't have one and this recipe was only tested in a 6qt I can't say how much but try adding 1/4 cup extra water.
  2. Do use store bought tomato puree in this recipe. 
  3. To make this vegetable jalfrezi vegan, use tofu in place of paneer. 
  4. If you prefer a drier version, just saute the dish for more time once it's done. The water will evaporate and it will dry out.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetable Jalfrezi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 403mg18%
Potassium 412mg12%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 3825IU77%
Vitamin C 42.2mg51%
Calcium 233mg23%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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