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Chicken Jalfrezi is tender juicy chunks of mild hot chicken curry cooked in a spicy tomato sauce
studded with stir-fried peppers and onions.This richly flavored jalferazi with capsicum and onion ,
tastes best with chapati rice, but you can also serve it with steamed rice.
250 grams of chicken breast, cut into medium size cubes.
2 tbsp of oil
1 large onions, cut into medium size cubes
1 cup of green capsicum, yellow capsium and red capsicum cut into medium size cubes
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 slit green chillies
½ tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp of red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
2 tsp of coriander powder
½ tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of garam masala
1 tsp of canned tomato paste (optional)
1 cup of chopped ripe tomatoes
Directions || How to make Chicken Jalfrezi
Prepare all the ingredients and keep ready
Heat 1 oil in a pan, add onion cubes
Sauté until the onions turn soft and a light brown around the edges.
In the same pan, add green, red and yellow capsicum and saute them well for 2 mins.
Remove them from pan and set it aside.
In a cooking pot, add oil.
Add chicken cubes ,ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute until fragrant and mix it well with chicken again
Cover and cook the chicken for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through
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
Once the chicken is cooked, uncover and cook on a medium flame a few more minutes.
Now add all the spices – coriander, cumin powder, chilli powder, garam masala, turmeric ,green chillies – 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
Now add the tomato paste (if using) as well as tomato ketchup
Mix well, add ½ cup water, and cook for a minute
Check in between to give the curry a stir and keep heat to medium- low.
The gravy should be thicker by now and not watery (which is what we want)
Add salt and stir, check the taste to see everything is balanced well.
Add fried onions and capsicum and mix it well with chicken gravy.
cook for 5 mins on medium flame before removing from the heat
Serve chicken jalfrezi hot with rice or rotis
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
To Marinate chicken
1/2 kg of boneless Chicken cut into 12 pieces
2 teaspoons Ginger Garlic chopped
1/2 cup Dahi
To prepare gravy
1 bunch of fresh spinach leaves (palak) chopped
1 large size Onion finely chopped
1 small size tomato finely chopped
1 small Green chillies finely chopped
1 teaspoon of Red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
1/2 turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
1 cinnamom stick
2 to 3 green cardamoms
1 to 2 cloves
1 large size bay leaf
Salt to taste
oil for cooking
Direction || How to prepare Palak(Spinach) chicken curry
Marinate the chicken with Salt , ginger garlic paste and Dahi and keep it aside for some time.
Meanwhile boil the chopped palak in the hot water.Keep it aside to cool.
To make the gravy, heat oil in a non-stick pan.
Add bay leaf,cinnamon, green cardamoms and cloves and sauté till fragrant.
Add onions and saute till golden brown and then add chopped tomatoes fry it for few seconds.
Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder,garam masala powder and boiled palak and mix well.
Transfer the mixture into a mixer jar and let it cool slightly.
Add a little water and grind into a purée. Transfer the puree into a bowl and set aside.
Again add a little oil in a non-stick pan and mix the puree and marinated chicken.
Cook both the puree and chicken well till the chicken is tender.
Serve it hot with any green salad or carrots or chopped Onions.
Don’t over boil the palak ,the longer you cook dark, leafy vegetables, the more nutrient loss they experience.