The Jalfrezi utilises what was traditional ‘leftovers’ to create a spice-filled curry fried with various herbs, using Chinese techniques to stir-fry a mix of green peppers, onions and plenty of fresh chillis to create a base before adding the meat of your choice. Just before serving, a small amount of thick, spicy sauce is added making it one of the hottest curries on Indian menus.
Jalfrezi is a curry dish originating in the Bengal and popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and beyond. It consists of a main ingredient such as meat, fish, paneer or vegetables, stir-fried and served in a thick spicy sauce that includes green chilli peppers. Jalfrezi recipes appeared in cookbooks of British India as a way of using up leftovers by frying them with chilli and onion
Today this is a very popular restaurant curry. The flavour is hot, sour and sweet and it is cooked with lots of onions, peppers, tomatoes and fresh chilli, together with garlic and ginger.
The sweet-sour notes are from the use of the mango powder in the blend, which also includes cumin, fenugreek, black pepper and mustard to deliver the spicy flavour of a Jalfrezi. Jalfrezi can be made with any meat, seafood or vegetable you choose, but our favourite things to make it with are king prawns. This amazing spice blend is a must for anyone who likes their home cooked curry super hot and spicy!
Chicken jalfrezi is on every single Indian restaurant menu. Now you can make it at home.