Definition of jalfrezi in English:

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Pronunciation: /jälˈfrāzē/

noun (plural jalfrezis)

A medium-hot Indian dish consisting of chicken or lamb with fresh chili peppers, tomatoes, and onions.
Example sentences
  • After four days of roast vegetable medleys and 1970s mung-sprout salads you are running out of ideas and your chicken jalfrezi with cook-chill basmati seems as decadent as caviar.
  • The day's specials were tomato and basil soup which we saw being served steaming, chicken jalfrezi and pastrami and Swiss toastie with relish and red onion.
  • It promised such delights as swordfish, chicken jalfrezi, roast duckling, pasta and vegetarian dishes, to name but a few.


1980s: from Bengali jalfrezi, from jal 'hot'.

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