Vegetable Jalfrezi – Indian Stirfry

Vegetable Jalfrezi is said to have originated in India during the British Raj. Once a creative way to use up leftovers, the Vegetable Jalfrezi recipe has since evolved into a flavorful and texture rich dish…a popular Indian restaurant menu item. Try this recipe with a mixture of veggies or highlight just one or two. Either way, Vegetable Jalfrezi will add a colorful splash to your plate.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4-5


Medium pot of water
Salt – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Cauliflower – 3 cups, cut into bite size florets
Carrots – 1/2 cup, chopped
Oil – 1 Tbsp
Onion – 1/2 medium, chopped
Ginger – 1 tsp, minced
Garlic – 2 tsp, minced
Tomato Sauce – 1/2 cup (4 oz)
Bell Pepper – 1/2, chopped into bite size pieces
Frozen Green Peas – 1/2 cup, thawed
Salt – to taste
Whole Coriander Seeds – 2 Tbsp, dry roasted and powdered
Garam Masala – 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder – optional and to taste
Tomato – 1 small, deseeded and chopped
Lemon/Lime Juice – to taste


1. Bring pot of water to a boil and add Salt and Turmeric Powder.
2. Add Cauliflower and Carrots and boil for 3 minutes.
3. Strain the Cauliflower and Carrots and drop them into a bowl of ice and water to stop the cooking.
4. Drain and keep aside after 1-2 minutes.
5. In a non-stick skillet or pan, heat 1 Tbsp Oil.
6. Add Onions and cook 2-3 minutes until light golden.
7. Add Ginger and Garlic and saute for 1 minute.
8. Add Tomato Sauce and cook until the oil separates.
9. Add Bell Pepper and Green Peas and cook for 2-3 minutes.
10. Add Cauliflower and Carrots, Salt, Powdered Coriander, Garam Masala and optional Red Chili Powder. Mix well and cook until veggies are tender but not mushy.
11. Sprinkle a little water over the veggies occasionally to provide moisture so that the dry spices do not burn.
12. Add Tomato and mix. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
13. Sprinkle Lemon/Lime Juice and mix.
14. Serve hot with roti, chapati or naan.

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