Vegetable jalfrezi

The great thing about this curry is the slightly sweet and sour flavour from the peppers. Do experiment with other combinations of vegetables such as courgettes, aubergines or potatoes once you've mastered this version – bigger, chunkier veggies need longer cooking times, so add them at the start, and delicate veggies like peas and spinach need only minutes, so they can go in right at the end. This will serve 8 people – just halve the recipe if your pan isn't large enough, or else freeze any leftovers.

Nutritional Information (amount per serving)


Serves 8   Approx time: 75   Difficulty: super easy


  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas
  • groundnut or vegetable oil
  • 1 knob butter
  • ½ x 283 g jar Patak's jalfezi curry paste
  • 2 x 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons
  • 200 g natural yoghurt


To prepare your curry
Peel, halve and roughly chop your onion. Finely slice the chilli, then peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic. Pick the coriander leaves and finely chop the stalks. Halve, deseed and roughly chop the peppers.

Break the green leaves off the cauliflower and discard. Break the cauliflower into florets and roughly chop the stem, then quarter the tomatoes.

Carefully halve the butternut squash, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard. Slice the squash into inch-size wedges, leaving the peel on but removing any thick skin, then roughly chop into smaller pieces. Drain the chickpeas.

To cook your curry
Put a large casserole-type pan on a medium to high heat and add a couple of lugs of oil and the butter. Add the onions, chilli, ginger, garlic and coriander stalks and cook for 10 minutes, until softened and golden. Add the peppers, butternut squash, drained chickpeas and jalfrezi curry paste, then stir well to coat everything with the paste.

Add the cauliflower, the fresh and tinned tomatoes and the vinegar. Fill 1 empty tin with water, pour into the pan and stir again.
Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 45 minutes with the lid on. Check the curry after 30 minutes and, if it still looks too liquidy, leave the lid off for the rest of the cooking time.

When the veg are tender, taste and add salt and pepper – please season carefully – and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Delicious with poppadums or my fluffy rice recipe and with a few spoonfuls of natural yoghurt, a sprinkle of coriander leaves and a few lemon wedges for squeezing over.

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