Chicken Jalfrezi Recipe
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Chicken jalfrezi recipe, a chicken side dish recipe that's popularly served in Indian restaurants. Usually includes chicken along with capsicum and basic spices in a tomato-based gravy
Recipe type: Chicken
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 250 grams of chicken breast, cut into 3" long strips
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 cup of onions, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp of grated ginger
  • ½ tsp of red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • ¼ tsp of turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp of coriander powder
  • ½ tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of canned tomato paste (optional - see notes)
  • 1 cup of chopped ripe tomatoes
  • 1 cup of green capsicum, cut into 3" long strips
  • ½ tsp of sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp of kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 tsp of garam masala
  • 2 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves, for garnish
  1. Prepare all the ingredients and keep ready
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds
  3. When they sizzle and turn brown, add the onions
  4. Sauté until the onions turn soft and a light brown around the edges
  5. Add the ginger and garlic and fry for a minute until fragrant
  6. Add the spices - coriander, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric - and fry again for a minute until they turn fragrant. Take care not to burn the spices at this stage by keeping the flame low
  7. Now add the tomato paste (if using), cut tomatoes, and capsicum
  8. Mix well, add ½ cup water, and cook for a minute
  9. Then add the chicken strips, mix again, and cook covered for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through
  10. Check in between to give the curry a stir and keep heat to medium- low. The chicken will let out water while cooking so the dish shouldn't burn but keep an eye on it every 3-4 minutes by giving everything a good stir
  11. Once the chicken is cooked, uncover and cook on a medium flame in the open pan for a few more minutes. The gravy should be thicker by now and not watery (which is what we want)
  12. Add salt, sugar, garam masala, and kasuri methi
  13. Stir, check the taste to see everything is balanced well
  14. Add coriander leaves at the end and mix again before removing from the heat
  15. Serve chicken jalfrezi hot with rice or rotis
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