Red Bell Pepper and Paneer in Tomato gravy

The recipe I am posting today is something I whipped up in a hurry on a weekend morning. My husband and I were at home. I was prepping the weekly vegetables and getting them ready for lunch salads when I realized I did not have anything planned for lunch. I put aside some red bell pepper and some green bell pepper combined it with some left over paneer, onion and tomato and whipped up this side. It is a version of Paneer Jalfrezi and I am calling it Red Bell Pepper and Paneer in Tomato gravy.

In the picture above the flatbread or poli has been made by my husband. I have posted his recipe of chutney on this blog but never posted anything else made by him. He is always willing to try anything I make and waits patiently while I take pictures. Both of us liked this recipe very much and it was all gone very quickly.

My daughter will be back from college for summer in three days. I am looking forward to spending time with her and making a lot of new dishes.

You will need
4 oz. paneer, cut into rectangular pieces, not too thick
1/4 onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 tomato, pureed
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 serrano pepper, deseeded and minced
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp. coriander cumin powder
Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they sizzle add the onion. Saute for about 5 minutes and add the minced serrano pepper.

Now add the tomato puree, turmeric powder, coriander cumin powder and bring to a boil.

Now add the bell peppers.

Finally add the paneer and salt to taste.

Let it all cook until the liquid evaporates.



  1. The paneer and bell pepper combo is a lovely combo and tastes fantastic . Interesting to know that your hubby cooks and that poli looks perfect !
    We all love to make new dishes when children come in , have a great time with your daughter .

  2. I usually add bell pepper when making paneer as it enhances it taste a lot. This one with the tomato based gravy look absolutely yum..

  3. Love to add bellpepper along with paneer, excellent side dish to relish with rotis. Delicious!

  4. So good to know that your husband cooks... mine used to but has now become plain lazy. Maybe when the girls grow up, he may roll up his sleeves... hehe... even though you say the curry was made in a jiffy, it looks super delicious and flavorful too... good for those lazy dinners... wishing you great time with your daughter!

  5. This combo looks awesome Varada and must have paired so well with rotis..that one looks so nicely done..hope you will share more of your husband's cooking..hahha..or he can start a blog for himself..that will be interesting..have a great time with your daughter and do cook up a storm for us to enjoy later,,:)

  6. Superb combination Varada. I like the spur of the moment ideas like this. They tend to be appreciated well too. Enjoy the time with your daughter.

  7. Bell pepper goes well with the paneer. It adds the crunch to the soft paneer. Enjoy your time with your daughter.

  8. Paneer and bell pepper are classic combo. Such a simple and delicious paneer curry ,perfect to have it with rotis.

  9. Wonderful combo and pairs up very well with roti.I do make it almost the same way.

  10. That is a simple yet colorful and inviting plate of food. Your husband makes very good roti :-) Enjoy your time with your daughter. Do share the new dishes you make for her with us :-)

  11. Bell peppers and paneer is a winning combo and that quick fix curry looks absolutely delicious.Hope you had a wonderful weekend with your daughter.


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