Jalfrezi curry

BM #112 : Week 3, Day 1
Theme : A-Z Curries

Like I mentioned last week, we have been shopping exclusively from Costco for the last two months. So the vegetable choices have been mainly limited to tomatoes, spinach, carrots, potatoes, beans and peppers. Thankfully for this curry, that combination of vegetables work pretty well. Paneer would also be a good addition to this curry, but I skipped since I didn’t have any.

This curry involves making of the base tomato gravy first and then mixing it with cooked vegetables. I usually cook a double batch of the gravy, that way I will have some extra in the fridge to whip another batch quickly. It pairs well with both rice (plain basmati or jeera rice) and roti. You can try steaming the vegetables too.

Read on for the recipe


For the gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons oil / ghee
  • 2 cloves, optional
  • 1” piece cinnamon stick, optional
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2” piece ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 green chilies or per taste
  • 3 dried Kashmiri red chilies
  • 4 big tomatoes, chopped
  • 15 cashews/ walnuts/ almonds
  • Salt to taste

For the curry :

  • 2 tablespoons ghee/oil
  • 1 teaspoon jeera
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 medium green pepper , cut into finger long thin slices
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, cut into finger long thin slices
  • 1 medium red pepper, cut into finger thin long slices
  • 10-12 green beans, cut into finger long thin slices
  • 1 medium carrots, cut into finger long thin slices
  • 1 medium potato, cut into finger long thin slices
  • salt to taste


  1. For the tomato gravy, heat oil or ghee or butter In a pan. Add the cloves and cinnamon stick, if using. Add the chopped onions along with minced ginger, garlic and green and red chilies . Sauté until the onions turn pink. Add the nuts of your choice.
  2. Add the tomatoes and cook until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat, Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked completely. Remove from heat. Let it cool completely and grind into a fine paste. Set aside.
  3. While the tomatoes are cooling, prepare the curry. Cut all the vegetables into long thin slices like French fries.
  4. Heat oil/ghee/butter in a pan. Add jeera seeds and once it crackles, add the vegetables, one at a time. Add turmeric powder and salt as needed.
  5. Mix everything carefully and cover and cook until the vegetables are done. You might want to sprinkle some water if it’s too dry.
  6. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the ground paste. Add half the paste first and then proceed to add the rest depending on how the curry looks. You needn’t add all the gravy if you want the curry to be a little on the dry side. Taste test and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve with Roti or rice.

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7 thoughts on “Jalfrezi curry

  1. The base is so creamy and delicious. I made jalfrezi before but liked this version as folks at home prefer a slightly gravy like curry unlike the other version I tried which was dry. Family loved this version. Thanks for the recipe.


  2. Can you believe , I made Jalfraize for the first time ever a few days back ? It is different than this recipe but a close one . That bowl looks super delicious with the set of veggies that you have used .


  3. Hi ,

    We are also using costco a lot more. Maybe you already know, costco sells paneer too. Also using instacart to get groceries from costco meijers and kroger


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