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How to cook… Chicken Jalfrezi

Serves 4 as a main dish

Jalfrezi has become one of the most popular curries with some Base Curry Sauce mixed with different coloured peppers, onions, tomatoes and chillies to create a lovely range of tastes and colours. In true British restaurant-style it has evolved into something quite different from the original Chicken Jalfrezi, where the ingredients are cooked in their own juices.

What you need…
• 3 Tablespoons ghee
• 5 garlic cloves, sliced
• 4 cm chunk of ginger, cut into 2cm matchsticks
• 0.5 red pepper, cut into thin slices
• 0.5 yellow (or green) pepper, cut into thin slices
• 4 green chillies, chopped
• 600g Base Curry Sauce
• 800g chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
• small handful fresh coriander (chop up the stems and some of the leaves to add to the curry but set aside a few of leaves for garnish)
• 1 onion, sliced
• 2 tomatoes, cut into segments
• salt to taste

Spice Mix
• 1 Tablespoon mild curry powder
• 1 teaspoon chilli powder
• 1 teaspoon cumin powder
• 0.5 teaspoon turmeric powder
• 1 teaspoon vinegar

How to make it
1. Heat the ghee to a medium heat. While it is heating up mix the Spice Mix with the vinegar and enough water to form a sloppy paste.
2. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Turn up the heat and add the peppers and chillies and cook for 2 minutes. You will soften the peppers and slightly char it (to mimic the tandoor taste).
4. Turn the heat down and add the Base Curry Sauce and Spice Mix and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Add the coriander, onion, tomatoes and salt, and cook until the chicken pieces are all cooked through. The pepper, onion and tomato should be just soft but not mushy.
7. Serve, garnished with the coriander leaves.

CHEF’S WARNING
There are a lot of ingredients in this dish so stir gently to avoid breaking them up.
With its tasty mix of onions, tomatoes and peppers Chicken Jalfrezi has become one of the most popular restaurant curries.

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