Vegetable Jhalfraizee

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Vegetable Jhalfraizee

A few weeks back I managed a culinary disaster. I decided to play chef while Nandhini was going to do all the chopping and the cleaning afterwards. So after a morning filled with Vadas and the afternoon dedicated to vathals and appalams we decided to try some No oil Cooking. So after a lot of thought after wearing my chef hat, Nandy decided that we should try making Vegetable Jhalfraizee.

Vegetarian, Preparation : 20mins, Cooking : 15mins, Serves : 4 people

  • 2 medium potatoes, 1/4 inch thick oval slices
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thickly sliced
  • 2 medium capsicums seeded
  • 1 large carrot
  • 100gms Paneer
  • 10 French Beans
  • 1/4 small cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried chilles broken into half
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 1/2  spoons red chilli powder
  • 1/2 spoon turmeric powder
  • 2 inches ginger, cut into thin strips
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander finely chopped


  1. Cut capsicum, carrot and French beans into fingers
  2. Blanch carrot and french beans in two cups  of boiling water for two to three minutes. Drain in cold water . Similary Blanch the cauliflower florets too.
  3. Puree the tomatoes
  4. Roast the cumin seeds and the halved red chillies in a non-stick pan till the seeds change colour. Now add vinegar and water and cook till reduced slightly.
  5. Add Tomato puree and ketchup and cook for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add Red Chilli Powder, turmeric powder, ginger, potato slices, salt and a cup of water and cook for a couple more minutes.
  7. Then add Onions and capsicum and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
  8. Add carrot, french beans and cauliflower and toss. Add paneer and toss gently.
  9. Sprinkle the garam Masala over the preparation and top it with the freshly chopped coriander leaves. Serve Hot.
Well that’s a pretty straight recipe to follow. So where did I make mistakes?
  • I decided to use the vegetables Nandy had chopped for my evening Salad which included cucumber and cabbage.
  • I decided to use much more veggies than was asked for.
  • I did not add the onions and capsicum separately and that was one of the major mistakes I did.
  • Finally since I added more vegetable I used excess of water and that turned it into a gravy..
I did eat it with chappatis. It was not all that bad. But it smelled of Tomato Ketchup. So use a good brand of Ketchup and watch the amount you use.. Same feedback from everyone in the family. Tastes decent but then it reeks of tomato ketchup.What should have been a semi-gravy dish became an all out gravy with vegetables floating in it.