Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chicken Jalfrezi

This is an extremely tasty chicken dish.  We had it last week and it won't be long until I make it again.

I could taste every ingredient.  The recipe is for four people but, you guessed it, it only went as far as two!

An extra side of Risoni, drizzled with olive oil, a teaspoon of Garam Masala and salt and pepper to taste, was a good companion and would help it to go further if you have unexpected visitors.

It would also be nice served with a side of cool, crisp lettuce and tomato; that is if you're going to include the chillies.  I didn't have chillies so chopped up about three slices of Jalapeño and the steam was coming out of my ears!  Suited hubby's palate, though!

  • 500g chicken pieces, skin removed - I used thighs
  • The marinade:
  • 2 inch piece ginger, peeled and finely grated - I used 2 heaped tsp minced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and grated - OR 2 heaped tsp minced
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • The vegetable mix:
  • 2 med onions, peeled and thickly sliced or chopped
  • 150g or 2 green peppers, de-seeded and sliced or cubed
  • 1-2 green chillies, chopped (optional)
  • 2 large tomatoes (250g) cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • The curry gravy:
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • ½ tsp chilli powder, adjust to taste
  • 2 tbsp tomato pureé
  • Optional:
  • You can add a couple of tablespoons of thick, natural yoghurt or double cream at step 10, to make the dish creamy.
  • Salt to taste
  1. Mix ginger, garlic, turmeric, garam masala and salt together.
  2. Coat chicken with this mix and allow to marinate for 2-3 hours.
  3. Heat oil or ghee in a large frying pan, wok or kadhai.
  4. Add sliced onions, green chillies, green peppers and salt, fry for 10 minutes.
  5. Add tomato wedges, stir fry until onions become translucent and green peppers and tomatoes are half cooked, approximately 10 minutes. 
  6. Lift out with a slotted spoon and keep aside.
  7. Heat 2 tbsp oil or ghee in pan, add marinated chicken and stir-fry for 5 minutes on high.
  8. Add chilli powder and tomato puree and simmer on low heat, until chicken is cooked.  Stir-fry until excess gravy is evaporated and chicken looks well fried.  
  9. Add fried vegetables, prepared earlier and stir-fry for a few minutes, until heated through.
  10. Stir in Yoghurt/cream here, if used - I used thick, Greek yoghurt.
  11. Adjust seasoning, turn heat off, sprinkle with coriander leaves.


Sam Liu said...

Sounds and looks absolutely delicious! I shall definitely be trying this, thanks for the recipe :)

willow said...

This was calling out to me from my blogroll! It looks divine. I'm taking it back to the manor with me. Thank you!! xx

alaine@éclectique said...

Sam and won't be sorry!

Wanda said...

It looks delicious, Alaine! I can picture it over whole wheat noodles or couscous too!

Delwyn said...

Thanks Alaine this looks perfect for an autumn night...

Happy days

maggie's garden said...

Oh that looks good! I have all the ingredients in the house so I think I'll make this tomorrow. I have so few recipes that call for the garam masala, and tumeric is so good for us. A real cancer preventative, and great for inflammation too. I like to treat my food like medicine.
Thanks Alaine.

alaine@éclectique said...'re right, it would be great with couscous! I put my Sweet Peppery Couscous recipe up about a year ago; you'll find it under 'cooking' tag.

alaine@éclectique said... sure warmed the cockles the night we had it!

alaine@éclectique said...

MG...I must admit that I'd never used Garam Masala until this recipe - it has a lovely flavour and yes, I read about the benefits of turmeric recently too. You have to be careful where you place the stirring spoon when using turmeric; it can stain the bench and it took some getting out of my marble chopping board.

steven said...

alaine - i've been making curries up for some time now and this looks like a fantastic addition to what i know!! thanks. steven

Derrick said...

Hi Alaine,

I'm glad someone else finds recipe portion size suggestions ludicrously small!!! :0)

Betsy said...

Oh, YUM! I love spicy! thank you for the recipe!

Paul C said...

Yes, this looks delightful. The variety of spices will spark a taste sensation.

Gwen Buchanan said...

oh yumm! I need a little spice in my life and this looks like it would fill the bill.. Thanks... I love recipes that are recommended!!!

Nancy said...

Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Yum.

willow said...

This was a huge hit at the manor! I posted it today. Thanks, Alaine!! xx