Baked Vegetable Jalfrazi

Baked Vegetable Jalfrazi with Home made bread

Though this recipe is time consuming in terms of preparation, its worth the effort and time. Makes for a satisfying, nutritious, and delicious one pot meal. And not to mention, its a great way to get Nehal to eat his vegetables.

Be prepared for some good amount of chopping. I chopped and chopped and chopped! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll need to plan ahead by chopping the vegetables and pureeing the tomatoes, but believe me, it’s well worth the effort, and if you chop some extra quantity of vegetables you’ll be prepared for cooking another vegetable-laden meal. I had some chopped vegetables left after preparing the vegetable jalfrazi which I used for preparing Mexican rice. We had the jalfrazi with homemade bread while my son had it with sesame buns.

Chopped mixed vegetables ~ Assembling vegetables, tomato puree and grated paneer

Very simple to put together. Chop mixed vegetables finely (carrots, baby corn, cabbage, green peas, onions, beans, cauliflower, tomato and capsicum). Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add onions and saute for 2 mts. Add rest of the vegetables and saute for 7-8 mts. Add kasuri methi (1 tsp), fresh coriander leaves (1 tbsp), salt and red chilli powder to taste. Garam masala powder is an optional ingredient and a large pinch can be added for those who like masala flavor. Combine well and keep aside.

Blanch tomatoes for 3-4 mts, peel skin and puree. Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a vessel, add some crushed garlic (3-4 cloves) and one chopped onion and saute for 4 mts. Add four chopped tomatoes and cook for 10-12 mts. Add salt, large pinch red chilli powder and a teaspoon of jaggery. Turn off heat and cool. Once cool, blend to a fine paste. Keep aside the onion-tomato paste aside.

Grate paneer (1/4 cup) and keep aside. If you want a cheesy flavor, use cheese in place of paneer.

Baked vegetable jalfrazi served with homemade bread

Take an oven proof square glass baking pan. Spread a layer of the sauteed vegetables, then spread a layer of the onion-tomato paste over the vegetables. Finally sprinkle grated paneer or cheese all over. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 C for 10-12 mts. Serve with bread or buns.

This recipe is my entry to the food blog event ‘The Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex Contest’ hosted by the lovely Nags of Edible Garden to celebrate the spirit and individuality of Indian women worldwide.

Baked Vegetable Jalfrazi

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  carrots
  •   beans
  •   cauliflower


  • Happy Cook

    I can imagine taking a slice of bread and eating that jalfrezi.

  • shriya

    jalfrazi looks mouthwatering. Must have tasted really good. Great Entry.

  • R Prasad

    Great and looks to be delicious. Tomorrow being a Holiday, I will try this without fail. Thank U Sailuji for the great effort. Pl keep it up. Regards, RP. Hyderabad.

  • Jeni

    Wow, this jalfrezi looks excellent! My question is this: When I make paneer, it tastes delicious, but is never the right consistency to grate- it’s softer, almost like very firm cream cheese. Is there something I’m doing wrong? I let it strain for ages, but it’s still quite soft. In any even, I suppose I could just crumble it over the top instead of shredding.

  • Cilantro

    Lovely colors Sailu. As Jeni mentioned, I sometimes have the problem with home made paneer, no problem with the store bought ones. I have some sucess when I refridgerate the homemade paneer.

  • sangeeth

    great recipe for a beautiful event!

  • Cham

    That is load of veggie in one pot ๐Ÿ™‚ Should be perfect meal with bread slice!

  • Mallika

    What a lovely idea! I was instantly drawn to the word baking.

  • Subha

    Hi Sailu, As usual a beautiful treat for the eyes and for the mouth. I had a question though- what happens to the onion masala paste that you have mentioned? When does it get added to the dish?

    The tomato paste layer you see spread over the vegetables is the onion masala paste. I have updated the post by mentioning ‘onion tomato paste’ instead of ‘tomato puree’. I guess the phrase ‘tomato puree’ confused you.

  • raaji

    That looks pretty colorful and flavorful!!!!
    Didnt mention where to use onion paste……

  • Divya Vikram

    Looks similar to pav bhaji!colourful n tempting.

  • Madhuram

    It’s a feast to the eyes also Sailu. I’m going to try this for rotis.

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  • Bhawana

    very nice Sailaja. Good one. thru baking extra oil use can be avoided. I liked this.

  • sandhiya

    Owwww.That’s lot of veggies,Just now one of my friend gave me the pan cooked veggie jalfrazi..Both look different..yours is more colorful and mouthwatering

  • R.Punitha

    Hi Sailu ,
    it looks like a marriage hall kitchen.
    You are slowly promoting us towards safeside diet.
    All the best Sailu. Thank you.

  • sruni

    it seems yumm!! will try this one soon!

  • Parmi

    I added some coconut milk to the onion tomato mix….just to get the sourness a tad down and add texture.

    Absolutely yummy ! hope my wife and daughter like it too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • mahi

    Hey this is cool…. But I had a doubt since long… I have a grill oven not a convection type.. so can I use this for baking? If so pls give me some tips in using that…

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  • Vidya Singh

    What cheese can i use if i am not using paneer? Grateful if you could let me know immediately because i am keen to make it today.