My mother likes to entangle herself in other people’s lives.

She wants to know all of your personal sordid details.  All the time.

I think my brother and I bore her.  Just a little bit.  We have no sordid details.

We do, however, have review books!  And index cards!

And most favorite customer status at Staples!

Those don’t interest her.

And well.  My sister?  She probably does have sordid details…but she’s so young that my mother wants nothing to do with them.  Don’t ask, don’t tell, ya know?  Although it’s probably more like, my mother asks and my sister stares her down in the silent and stolid way that 15 year old’s do.  You know how it goes.


Anyways, it really should have come as absolutely no surprise to me then when she spent the entire car ride back from the Boston Marathon…all 220 miles…all four hours and twenty minutes.  Discussing Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Oh, sorry.  “Diana” and “Charles”.  Because they are, apparently, on a first name basis.


The main topic of conversation revolved around whether or not Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth orchestrated Princess Di’s death.

Ever the conspiracy theorist, and ever the lover of Princess Diana, my mother is certain that they did.

When my brother and I rolled our eyes and told her that we had our doubts (my sister was too busy texting her boyfriend for the 532nd time that morning to listen or care), she insisted on calling my father and asking his opinion.  At 8:30 in the morning.

I’m sure he was pleased.


It’s hard not to get sucked into all the hype about the Royal Wedding, however, and though I have absolutely no desire to gossip about what happens behind the closed doors in Buckingham Palace, I have to admit, I’m certainly excited to see what Kate looks like in her dress, how her hair is done, and what the wedding cakes look like.

My mother, I’m fairly certain, will be watching with tears in her eyes.  Firstly, because I missed my chance at marrying Prince William and secondly because.  Sigh.  Don’t they grow up so fast?

And so, in celebration, I’ve made a dish by one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs, Mr. Jamie Oliver, who I adore not only for his charming good looks but also because he is on a mission to fight childhood obesity and revolutionize the way people everywhere think about food.  Two things that I strongly believe in.

Given that I am an absolute Indian food fiend, this vegetable jalfrezi certainly seemed like a good way to go.  And though it is likely incredibly inauthentic (I mean…it has balsamic vinegar in it), it is still absolutely delicious and completely accessible, even to the home cook who thinks they don’t like curry (cough mom).  Stuffed with vegetables of every color of the rainbow and making enough food to feed a small army, it really is the perfect dish to jump start your weekend.  Or the marathon of wedding coverage you’re about to watch.  No judgment.

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Jalfrezi Paste
Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

2 cloves garlic
a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp peanut oil
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 fresh green chile pepper
a small bunch fresh cilantro

1. First peel the garlic and ginger. Put a frying pan on medium to high heat and add the cumin seeds, brown mustard seeds, and coriander seeds.  Lightly toast for a few minutes until golden brown and until they smell toasted.  Remove the pan from the heat.

2. Add the toasted spices to a food processor and whiz to a powder.  Add the rest of the ingredients and process until you form a smooth paste.

Vegetable Jalfrezi
Serves 5-8, adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

1 medium onion
1 fresh red or green chile
a thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger
2 cloves garlic
a small bunch fresh cilantro
2 red bell peppers
1 cauliflower
3 ripe tomatoes
1 small butternut squash (or 20 oz pre-cut butternut squash from trader joe’s!)
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans
1/2 cup jalfrezi curry paste or the recipe above
28 oz canned diced tomatoes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon

1. Peel and chop the onion.  Roughly slice the chile pepper.  Peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic.  Chop the cilantro.  Put a large casserole-type pan on medium to high heat, spray with cooking spray, and cook the onion, chile, ginger, garlic, and cilantro for 10 minutes or until soft and golden.

2. While these are cooking, half, seed and roughly chop the bell peppers, break the cauliflower into florets, and quarter the tomatoes.  If using a whole butternut squash, remove the seeds, and chop it into small pieces.  Add the peppers, butternut squash, drained garbanzo beans and curry paste to the pot.  Stir well to coat everything with the paste.

3. Add the cauliflower, fresh and canned tomatoes, and the vinegar.  Fill the empty garbanzo bean can with water, pour into the pan, and stir again.  Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, covered.  Check on the curry after 30 minutes and if it still looks too liquidy (mine did!) then leave the lid off for the rest of the cooking time.  When the veggies are tender, taste and add salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice (I ended up using half a lemon).

This is my submission to this week’s I Heart Cooking Club!


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106 Responses to Jamie Oliver’s Vegetable Jalfrezi

  1. Love Love Love the dish and Love Love Love your mother! She sounds just like my grandmother that I was laughing through the entire post- which got me off to a great start this morning! I am with you- don’t really care about the whole wedding just want to see what dress Kate wears.

    The jalfrezi looks AMAZING and something I can totally see me cooking up preferably this weekend? XO

  2. Joanne, this curry looks so colorful and full of flavor.

    Moms are wonderful despite their nosiness 🙂

  3. janet says:

    A wedding? What wedding? OK, that was me on Monday. Now I know who is getting married.. 😉

    Wrt your dish, with a name like jalfrezi, it must be good!!! Love it! I’ll share the recipe with Rob, my go-to Indian chef. 🙂

  4. So you were up in time to catch the nuptuals I presume, right? 5 am was a bit early for me here in MN.

    I think I would rather hear about the food served at the reception! Wouldn’t you have loved to serve this gorgeous dish! 🙂

  5. Vivienne says:

    haha your mum’s funny 😉 i almost got teary watching the wedding thinking, gee don’t they grow up fast lol.
    what a colourful dish and jamies the best too!

  6. I have it on DVR and will watch all 6 blissful hours tomorrow night when I have NOTHING stopping me 🙂 So glad you picked something from Jamie- love him!

  7. Peggy says:

    Your mom is too cute! We spent half of our book club last night chatting about the Royal Wedding. Well, let me rephrase that, half of our book club members (excluding myself), spent most of our book club meeting talking about the Royal Wedding.

    We read A Thousand Splendid Suns… which has nothing to do with the Royal Wedding. Yeah, so I feel your sister’s pain. =)

  8. Haha my mom is the same way wanting to know everything about people! I wasn’t that excited about the wedding but I did get close to tearing up while watching at the gym! By the way, that makes it a lot harder to workout!

  9. MM says:

    Your mom is a hoot!
    Love the color of the sauce in this dish.

  10. Wonderful curry! We were all in a curry state of mind this week.
    I caught a bit of the wedding this morning, Kate looks lovely. I still remember the last wedding. Doesn’t seem like that long ago!

  11. The dress was gorgeous, wasn’t it?
    and this jalfrezi curry has such a vibrant colour and explosion of flavours! I would not eat it wearing a white dress, though 😉

  12. OMG, Joanne this looks awesome! I have tried the very same dish by Jamie Oliver and its sitting in my draft.. But I used a different set of veggies and used my own blend of spice mix.
    Gorgeous photos! I was watching the Royal Wedding..loved the balcony kiss.

  13. Shannon says:

    I share your sentiments (or lack thereof) regarding the royal wedding. I did think she looked absolutely stunning in her dress that costs more than my dream wedding x 10.

    Your dish is equally as stunning. Beautiful and looks delicious!

  14. polwig says:

    Your mom is going to have so much talk time during the wedding I would use noise canceling head phones, wait unless she watched the wedding already wasn’t it supposed to be at 5 am? Be careful she may call you 5 to discuss other conspiracy theories or as a joke you can plant one in her head. The dish looks so amazing just the way I like them.

  15. Beth says:

    Your mother is so funny. For the record, I don’t believe the conspiracy angle at all! (Feel free to have her email me any morning at 8:30 to discuss.) Hope you watched the wedding with her. It was wonderful!

  16. Tasha says:

    Oh my goodness, Joanne, these photos are just beautiful. This dish could be filled full of stuff I don’t like, and I’d still want to try it. But as it happens, it’s filled with stuff I love, so I really want to try it!

  17. girlichef says:

    Oh my gawsh, that’s gorgeous. It’s going on my list to make within our “jamie months” for sure! Sometime I feel dumbfounded by the whole royalty thing…but I definitely tuned in to watch…and I’ll admit, I got tears in my eyes. Kate looked beautiful and William was handsome (Harry’s still available…does that comfort your mom?)…and I thought it was pretty amazing. That said…I will now go on with my commoner day…

  18. Nelly says:

    This looks amazing! And for once it’s actually something I can eat and not just drool over in lustful inaction ;P

    I really couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the wedding, but I’ll probably tell the boyf I’m having a wedding watching party just to make him sweat a little 😀

  19. I am CRACKING up over this post… and my mom is much like yours. I was going through her contacts in her phone last week and found “Oprah” (aka the line you call to get tickets)… I was like oh, is this her personal line?

  20. That second photo is making me want to spoon it out directly from my computer screen! I love Jamie Oliver’s passion to fight childhood obsesity. I also love his accent.

  21. OohLookBel says:

    I just watched the royal wedding and it was lovely – gosh, Kate looked a treat in that lace dress. I’m sure your mother would have loved it too. And good on you for making this Jamie recipe. The colours just jump off the screen.

  22. Jalfrezi is an interesting sounding name, and the dish lives up to expectations.

  23. Dawn says:

    What a great recipe choice. This looks so flavorful and delish. I need to try this one. I <3 Jamie Oliver!

  24. Marcia says:

    I love Jamie Oliver for those very reasons. And this recipe looks pretty awesome. For some reason, photos on your blog (but not others) are blocked at my office. So I always have to log in at home to see the pics. DO you link from a site?

    Anyway, I don’t quite understand the hoopla about the wedding, but I did watch Charles and Di get married. And I remember when she died, watching TV with a friend who was visiting me in Cali – when the news came on we said “uh oh”.

    I was just thinking this morning that I fall in the “middle” in age…too young for Charles, too old for William. Poor me. 😉

  25. Danielle says:

    I am ahuge Jamie Oliver fan for the same reasons. And – I never met a curry I didnt like great post!!

  26. LOL I only wish my mom were obsessed with Diana and not Brad and Angie (whose names she can never pronounce right either) hehe. I’m not really caught up on the wedding stuff but I do think they make a lovely couple and wish all the best for them. Love Jamie for all the reasons you listed and love this gorgeous dish!

  27. Authentic or not, as long as it tastes amazing, who cares?? =)

  28. Katerina says:

    Perhaps I am one of the very few people that didn’t watch the wedding lol. On the other hand what you made looks to me very appealing and interesting!

  29. That Girl says:

    I think we all secretly like to entangle ourselves in other lives. Hence the voyeuristic pleasure in blog reading.

  30. I’ve met your mom… so I know exactly what you’re talking about. 🙂 She is a lovely woman, though. And I’m so glad that I got to meet her and your siblings.

    This vegetable jalfrezi looks like a dish that I would adore. Waiting for a cooler, rainy spring day to try this one out.

  31. Cate says:

    Vegetable Jalfrezi was my go-to order at the Indian place in my college town, but I don’t think I’ve had it since I moved away! I absolutely adore Jamie Oliver too.

  32. Absolutely love it, mind-blowing and mouth watering pictures and recipes 🙂

  33. Candace says:

    This looks delicious! I missed the royal wedding this time. I did see the Prince’s parents marry many years ago…but of course, I was like 12 or something back then….yeah, it was that long ago. Don’t feel bad that you missed your chance with Prince William. I happen to be of the opinion that Harry is the sexy one anyway. 🙂

    Have a great weekend! Candace

  34. Swathi says:

    Frankly speaking I don’t care about royal wedding. They will marry anyway without my presence. Vegetable Jalfrezi looks delicious evenwith balsamic vinegar.

  35. That DOES look amazing, Joanne. 🙂 I confess I’ve been so out of the loop I completely forgot that today was THE wedding. 🙂 Ah well, I looked it up online and her dress was very Grace-Kelly-ish. 🙂

  36. Amy says:

    I was on Facebook chat this morning with some friends and they all asked “so what did you think of the wedding?” to which I replied, “What wedding?” Yes, I live under a rock. So, you can see how little interest I had in it! But, I will admit, after all the talk, I Googled it, just so I could see her dress. She was stunning. And now my interest in it is, again, lost.

    I love Jamie Oliver, though. We can talk about him for hours. And this dish. Gorgeous! No such thing as too much curry 😀

  37. Kim says:

    From the sounds of it, your Mom likes to talk quite a bit. I think she and I would get along splendidly. I usually jabber the entire time I’m in the car.
    The Jalfrezi paste sounds like it could just be referred to as flavor paste. Lots of good stuff going on there. Then again, the entire dish looks fantastic! Love all those veggies. Glad you got to make a Jamie dish this week.

  38. Haddock says:

    The best I like is those cauliflower pieces there…. ummmm

  39. sweetlife says:

    love your mom, oh goodness the wedding..did I wake up, no did I google the dress..yes..great dish, love Jamie and giner,cumin and coriander perfection!


  40. DELISH! Your mom sounds like such a hoot! Probably not always so fun for you though =P I love how appropriate this dish is for watching the wedding, which I did not! Oh well, the news will cover it right? All I know is now I’m hungry for this vegetable jalfrezi!

  41. Lol you could write a book out of those car rides. I have to admit, I was pretty excited to see Kate’s dress. It was beautiful!


  42. Carolyn Jung says:

    Your Mom is a riot — especially with the conspiracy theories! 😉
    Now, that’s one car-ride that I’m sure you’re going to remember for a very, very long time. LOL

  43. vanillasugar says:

    how about this: you feed me all your healthy dishes and i’ll feed you all my fattening ones. i mean you are the runner and the skinny one in this equation….so you know. lol

  44. Veronica says:

    I missed the wedding (and am kinda bummed about it) but will be scoping out pix soon! This is a great celebration dinner and I’m saving it in hopes of trying it soon! I’m an Indian lover too!

  45. Your mother is a hoot! and you cracked me up with the description of your sister. I have a daughter that must be related, except she has an eye problem. They keep rolling every time I say something! Dish looks delicious, Jamie has such great recipes!

  46. Tanvi says:

    Your sis seems to be a fun grl:) Ditto..I was also excited abt Kate’s dress..that’s it..but I didnt find the wedding worth my sleep! This curry looks amazing.I love the first picture with cauli floret peeking out! Have a nice weekend my friend!

  47. Nicole, RD says:

    Inauthentic 🙂 Haha! Balsamic vinegar is so delicious, though! Your mom and the royal wedding was hilarious to read about. My mom is like, “WHO CARES!?” Then again, she was so disengaged in my wedding, too. She’s just…simple 🙂 I wasn’t a huge fan of Kate’s dress, personally. I know everyone loved it, but eh…I’ve seen way prettier. I did love the neckline and sleeves, however. The rest was just not the best, in my humble opinion…says the girl who would never choose the dress she was married in less than 2 years ago..

    The dish looks FANtastic. Love Mr. Oliver 🙂

  48. czechvegan says:

    The recipe looks amazingly tasty! I love jalfrezi (as well as other Indian food). I didn´t care for the royal wedding, but well – I live in the Czech republic, England is kind of “out of reach” for us:)

  49. Mary says:

    Your curry looks wonderful, Joanne. That sounds like some trip home :-). I hope you have a good day. Blessings…Mary

  50. LoL, that sounded like fun 🙂
    And kinda swaying towards cute:-)
    Oh i was so waiting to see the pics of the first kiss too , side by side to Di & Charlie (oh yeah, between u and me , im on petname calling basis:-) )
    And Jamie Oliver is fantastic , but Jo u are awesome , i love what ur Indian dish looks like, with or without balsamic vinegar , it rocks!
    Can i have some now ,please!

  51. Tempting clicks and wonderful dish!

  52. Big Dude says:

    Many mom’s are like that. This dish looks really delicious.

  53. Barbara says:

    I must be an unnatural mother. I don’t want to know. And often have to say things like: I really don’t want to hear this. 🙂 I wish the royal couple the best, but they don’t interest me much. Her dress was lovely.

    We’re both Jamie Oliver crazed today. The paste flavors are wonderful!

  54. Ada says:

    Woah that’s so crazy, I literally just told someone I felt like making vegetable curry today. Perfect timing! Your version looks delicious. Jamie Oliver is such a cutie. The fact that he cooks naked is also an added bonus. . .

    Your Mom sounds totally awesome. She should do a guest post sometime!
    Have a nice weekend:)

  55. daphne says:

    Ah yes. This recipe! I love how Jamie Oliver makes it look so simple. I love what you did and what a filling vege dish it is.

    yes, i totally “feel” your pain about missing out on Prince William. But he is losing his hair… 😉 still a dashing prince.

  56. Your mum is so much fun! 😀
    I love the colors in the dish and despite the hair situation William is still hot indeed 😉

  57. Your mother is a hoot! Just wait until you’re mom – you’ll see. Getting through those teen and early 20’s is a true test of nerves 🙂

    Your kids with be so healthy with a great cook and delicious veggie dishes like this!

  58. It looks so fresh, healthy, and very vibrant. I could eat a lot of this vegetable and hot steam rice.

  59. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Oh how scrumptious and healthy the curry look! love the vibrant colors, Joanne.

  60. Indie.Tea says:

    Your mom sounds adorable 🙂
    Jalfrezi is a ‘restaurant’ dish, it came about on the Indian restaurant scene and then got into homes and is loosely inspired by Chinese-style ‘chili’ dishes – so you don’t have to worry about authenticity 🙂 Yours looks really delicious!

  61. Elizabeth says:

    Your mom sounds just like my mom. I was too young to remember, but I just know she was glued to the TV for the Charles/Diana wedding and I’m about 98% sure she watched all the coverage of the William/Kate wedding (not that I don’t also have it recorded on my tivo).

    I’m also reasonably certain she’s gotten more into wanting all the details of my life as I’ve gotten older. She recently made a semi-serious comment that she’d be interested in looking at houses with my husband and me when we start house-hunting next month. It’s crazy.

  62. Karen says:

    This looks rich and delicious. Your mom and I would get along just fine 🙂

  63. Martha (MM) says:

    You are absolutely amazing Joanne! I think that says it all 🙂

  64. I’m longing to widen my Indian cooking repertoire. The spices in this dish look incredible! What? You’re not running in the Big Sur Marathon tomorrow? It’s tomorrow morning. Take the red eye. You can run it, and then we’ll hit the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival. I hear Michael Symon will be there. 😉
    LOVE your family stories!

  65. Maria says:

    Such a gorgeous recipe. I love the flavours in this dish!

  66. Johanna GGG says:

    hilarious post – your mum is so funny – glad she has the sordid details of celebrity lives if her own family doesn’t deliver the good – though I do think your mum is not really in with the royals if she doesn’t call princess diana, “di” 🙂

    curry is a great “british” meal as the brits really have taken it on and I think I need to try this – sounds delicious

    as for the wedding I just wanted to see the cake – why is the service so public and the cake isn’t!!! But the dress was beautiful

  67. Reeni says:

    The name alone has me intrigued! I love every single thing about it including it’s vibrant color. Our Moms sound a lot alike. My Mom sat down to dinner tonight and proceeded to gossip non-stop about the royals to me and my Dad who just sat there and said uh-huh in all the right places.

  68. If you can make food this beautiful, and write blog posts this interesting, I think you ought to get a dispensation from having an interesting life. (Anyway, I think favorite customer status at Staples is just fascinating.) Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s going on my bookmarked list to try later. Looks REALLY nice.

  69. First of all: you’re hilarious, so I’ll be back for more. So hilarious in fact, I’d be coming back even if the recipe wasn’t beautiful, but it IS, and that makes me even MORE excited to come back! Beautiful job. 🙂

  70. Haha your mum def sounds like my mum. She does Luke a good gossip bless her. Although it can come in handy when you want to know stuff lol.
    Your dish looks fab!!

  71. megi says:

    I love your writing style Joanne and really enjoy your posts. And the jalfrezi looks delicious, very colourful too!

  72. Jessie says:

    Always remember – we have a little of our moms in us 😉

    Love the vegetable jalfrezi! Anything that packs that many bright and colorful veggies in one dish (and that I can make in bulk) is high on my list! I imagine the jalfrezi paste can be used for other yummy dishes, too.

    Happy studying! Also, congrats on your exciting blog news! 😀

  73. Perfect dish to make in celebration of the Brits! I have always wondered if Princess Di’s accident was planned? What did your dad think? LOL! Beautiful looking food as always! XO

  74. Love the subtle tribute! This meal looks divine 😀

  75. Faith says:

    Lol, your mom reminds me of my mom…ahhh! 😉 Your jalfrezi looks incredible, I love that thick, flavorful sauce!

  76. Pam says:

    Your mom stories always crack me up. I loved watching the wedding… I thought Kate looked lovely and it was happy to see the prince marry for love, unlike his father. This meal also looks fantastic – I love the flavors and I love that it’s a Jamie recipe.

  77. I love Jamie Oliver. YUM (to him and your version of his recipe). I adore cauliflower. Gotta make this 🙂

  78. Julie says:

    I love your mom stories! Does she read your blog? :). This looks delicious. The flavors are amazing.

  79. natalia says:

    Ciao ! I love your choice and the photos ! Great !

  80. teresa says:

    i’ve always been a bit intrigued with the potential conspiracy myself. i bet that was a fun car conversation!

    this looks amazing, and so healthy. i love the sauce, what great flavor!

  81. Luigi says:

    Wedding? what royal wedding? lol
    Amazing curry, I could eat that, right now. “I could eat that, right now” is pretty much what I say to all of your posts.

    And I have so many to catch up on, not to mention try to recreate. 🙂

  82. Lori says:

    5 of the 7 tvs at the Y were showing the wedding when I was working out. I didn’t even realize it was going to be that day, I did listen to it as I worked out. Love her simple elegance and the decisions they are making, like foregoing maids and doing their own chores.

    BTW,Your mother sounds like a total hoot.

  83. Lea Ann says:

    I haven’t had anything sordid in my life for over 10 years now…darnit. Just today I got out my only Jamie Oliver cookbook. Haven’t looked through it since I’ve been sordid free. I love his recipes, need to try them more often. And this looks wonderful.

  84. That’s so funny (sorry) my MIL is the same way. drives me crazy 😉 I think I’m the only one in the world that doesn’t care about the Royal wedding. I mean I think it’s great and all, but it’s nowhere near the top of my fake give a crap list. 😉 Rude? mmmhmmm.
    Anyway, I DO care about this recipe! Love anything with cauliflower in it and the rest of the veggies and spices….. Perfectly wonderful!
    This is being moved to the very top of my menu planner for next week!
    Thanks for another awesome recipe Joanne!

  85. Julie says:

    That looks SO healthy, I think I just got some nutrients by pressing my face to the screen! I don’t think Charles and Liz had Diana killed. If so they would have done it much earlier in my opinion.

  86. Victoria says:

    What an incredibly appropriate dish to prepare in honor of the Royal Wedding. Not only the fact that it’s by a British chef, but Indian food is extremely popular in England (and everywhere else as it should be). I kinda felt the same pangs your mom probably felt… the whole, “could’ve been me” sigh… oh well. There’s a brother left who I could still snag, right? Too bad I’m not really into redheads… 😉

  87. marla says:

    Honestly I would much rather read about your vegetable jalfrezi (yum!) than the royal wedding. Still have not seen video footage. I’ll let you fill me in 😉

  88. When I was younger, I thought my mom was being nosy and promised not to take that “skill” with me. Guess again… I think. I aam haha much to the chagrin of my kids.
    This curry jumps off my screen. The house smells like curry now…love it.

  89. Emily says:

    Gosh, you get so many comments!

    This dish looks delicious. I already know I would love it.

    Your mom is too funny. Does she think we didn’t land on the moon?

  90. I love how the whole dish takes on that lovely orange tinted color. It really is beautiful.

  91. You even make a vegetable stew look this GOOD!

  92. Shannon says:

    hmm, maybe i’m the only one who was up early on friday and didn’t turn on the tv to watch the wedding? 😉 this looks amazing!

  93. Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that I included you in my list of Top 10 Soup Recipes this morning- here’s the link!

  94. Deborah says:

    I want to make this simply because of the name! Sounds delicious!

  95. tigerfish says:

    Definitely my kind of dish! Yum yum! I will dip your homemade whole wheat pita in them too. 🙂

  96. Andreas says:

    Great spin on curry.

  97. grace says:

    jal-what-now? this is a new one, and it seems pretty great on all counts. also, your mother sounds fun. 🙂

  98. I tried this yesterday for dinner – oh my word, what a delicious dish! I served it for my family with the yogurt and some naan… everyone nearly licked their plates! Thanks for sharing this!

  99. Cara says:

    Joanne, all your food is royal-wedding worthy – this is no exception!

  100. I don’t mind that it may not be the most authentic because it looks so good! I’ve had jalfrezi at restaurants but never at home.

  101. What a fantastic vegetarian dish! Very tempting and so colorful.



  102. Aggie says:

    This looks amazing and I randomly came across this while googling images of what I was considering ordering from Indian take out tonight 🙂 I would love to make this at home!! Love those veggies!

  103. Dana says:

    Hi, I’m about to make this recipe… a couple questions! If I were to add baby potatoes, when do you think I should in the process? And, my friend cooked is used Korma Spice Paste from Patak’s. What’s the difference between the two?

    • joanne says:

      I would add the potatoes in step 2, where you add the peppers, butternut squash, and chickpeas.

      I’ve never tried the Korma spice paste from Patak’s, but based on the ingredients list, I would say they are fairy similar, but the jalfrezi spice mix is a bit spicier and has a slightly different spice mix in it. I think you could certainly use the korma spice paste if you wanted, but the flavors will be slightly different.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  104. Jas says:

    It’s chili not Chile. Chile is a country.

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