If you have guests coming over and you wanna impress them, or if you're bored of your usual dinner fare, then this jalfrezi can be your answer. Jalfrezi is a tomato gravy-based curry that originates from Northern India. Cooked with vegetables and tofu, it's heavy on spice, but not heat, creating a world of flavor. Serve this curry over brown rice with a side of roti.
Vegetable Jalfrezi [Vegan]
- 1 medium-sized onion
- 3 medium-sized tomatoes
- 1 cup cauliflower florets
- 1/2 cup broccoli florets
- 2 small carrots
- 10-12 green beans
- 8-10 baby corns
- 1 bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
- 4 ounces tofu
- 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
- 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon of vegetable Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar/jaggery (optional, but recommended)
- 1 teaspoons cumin seeds
- Salt, to taste
- Cut all vegetables, except the onion and tomato, into baton-sized pieces. Cut the tofu similarly and chop the onion finely. In a blender, purée the tomato.
- Heat oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds. Once they brown slightly, add the onions and sauté until they are translucent.
- Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well.
- Add the tomato purée and ketchup allow it to cook on low heat until the oil separates (approximately 8-10 mins)
- Add the cauliflower, carrot and green beans which take a little longer to cook, and add the water.
- Cook on medium-high heat, until the vegetables are softened, but not entirely cooked.
- Now add the remaining vegetables like baby corn, broccoli, capsicum.
- Add the turmeric powder, garam masala, red chili powder, and salt.
- Cook until the vegetables are done and the curry has the desired consistency. If it is too thin, you can cook it for a little longer.
- In the meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a non-stick pan. When the oil is hot, add the tofu and lightly fry it until it turns brown, then add the tofu to the gravy.
- Add sugar/jaggery to suit your taste.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or rice.