Jalfrezi Curry Medium/Hot.
A distinctive and versatile curry with savoury tastes from cumin, curry leaves and fenugreek (methi). Onions and Green chillies are the basis for this dish, it can range from very warm to extra hot, and depending on how many chillies you add. Jalfrezi is a favourite family dish for everyday cooking.
Net content 47g
Serves 6 to 8
Try with: Anything! But if you’re not sure where to start, we love a mixture of chicken, lamb, courgette and cauliflower.
Jalfrezi curry is a popular dish in Indian and Pakistani cuisine known for its bold flavors and spicy taste. The origins of Jalfrezi can be traced back to the Indian subcontinent, specifically the region that is now part of modern-day Bangladesh and West Bengal in India.
The term “Jalfrezi” is derived from two words: “jal” meaning spicy and “frezi” or “parhezi” meaning stir-fry. The dish was originally created as a way to use up leftover ingredients by stir-frying them with spices and chilli peppers. It was believed to have been invented during the British Raj era in the late 19th or early 20th century.
During that time, the British officers and expatriates in India often requested the cooks to prepare meals using leftovers from their previous day’s meals. The resourceful Indian cooks would take these leftovers, stir-fry them with onions, tomatoes, and a blend of spices, and create a flavourful and spicy dish. This improvised stir-fry soon became popular among the British, and the dish eventually made its way into local Indian and Pakistani cuisines.
The key characteristic of Jalfrezi curry is the use of a variety of vegetables and/or meats, such as chicken, lamb, or prawns, along with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chilli powder. It is typically cooked on high heat, resulting in a slightly charred and caramelised flavour.
Over time, different regional variations of Jalfrezi curry have emerged, each with its own unique twist on the original recipe. Some versions incorporate yogurt or cream for a milder flavour, while others add additional spices and ingredients to enhance the heat and complexity of the dish.
Today, Jalfrezi curry continues to be a popular choice in Indian and Pakistani restaurants worldwide, loved for its fiery taste and vibrant mix of flavours.