chicken-jalfreziJalfrezi is a type of curry which involves frying marinated pieces of meat like chicken, beef, fish and vegetables in oil and spices to produce a dry thick sauce.  As the dish includes green chillies gives spicy taste to the dish.  Other main ingredients include bell pepper, onion and tomato.

Origin Of Jalfrezi:

Jalfrezi recipes originally appeared in cookbooks of The British Raj as a way of using up left overs by frying them in lots of chilli and onion.   Jalfrezi means spicy food in urdu persian means suitable for a diet.

Recipe Of Jalfrezi:

Preparation time 40-50 minutes
Serves 5-6 people


Chicken (cut into strips) ½ kg
Oil 2 tbsp
Sliced onion 2 large
Capsicum (cut into strips) 2 medium
Garlic paste
Chopped tomato 2 large
Butter 3 tbsp
Red chilli powder 1-1/4 tbsp
Garam masala 1-1/2 tbsp
Tomato ketchup 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chopped ginger 2 inch piece
Fresh coriander leaves

Instruction For Cooking:

1. Heat oil and deep-fry the onions till brown in color.  Drain on an absorbent paper and set aside to cool.  Grind it to a fine paste.

2. Heat two tablespoons oil.  Add capsicum strips and fry quickly do not let colour change. Remove and set aside on absorbent paper.

3. Add garlic paste to the same oil and sauté for half a minute. Add tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes gets cooked.  Remove and set it aside.

4. Heat butter in another pan, add chicken strips and keep stirring continuously till golden brown in color.  Add red chilli powder,  garam masala powder,  tomato ketchup and salt and mix well. Cover and cook till tender.

5. Add fried onion paste, ginger and capsicum and sauté.  Add the tomato-garlic mixture and mix well and cook further.

6. Remove and serve hot garnished with coriander leaves and naan or paratha.

Survey result For Jalfrezi In 2011:

In a survey in 2011 Jalfrezi was rated the most popular dish in Uk Pakistani and Indian restaurants.

Uses Of Jalfrezi:

Jalfrezi mostly served with egg fried rice or with plain rice or with chicken fried rice, mushroom fried rice, prawn fried rice or with vegetable fried rice.  Jalfrezi can be eaten at both meal times its totally up to you.

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