|Alternative names||Zalfraizi (Sylheti)|
|Place of origin||South Asia|
|Region or state||Bengal|
|Associated national cuisine||Bangladesh, India, Pakistan|
|Main ingredients||Green chillies; meat, seafood, vegetables or paneer|
Jalfrezi (also jhal frezi, zalfrezi, zalfraizi, jaffrazi, and many other alternative spellings) is a curry dish originating in the Indian subcontinent and popular throughout the region and beyond. It consists of a main ingredient such as meat, fish, paneer or vegetables, stir-fried and served in a thick spicy sauce that includes green chilli peppers. Common further ingredients include bell peppers, onions and tomatoes.
History of the dish
Jalfrezi recipes appeared in cookbooks of British India as a way of using up leftovers by frying them with chilli and onion. This English language usage derived from the colloquial Bengali word jhāl porhezī: in Bengali, jhāl means spicy food; porhezi comes from the Persian word, parhezī means suitable for a diet. Jalfrezi is usually prepared by stir-frying ingredients, a technique introduced to the region by Chinese cuisine.
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