This recipe is very near and dear to me. It's my late Nani's (Maternal Grandmother's) recipe and it's something we all enjoyed growing up. It's not your classic thick and sharp Heinz ketchup. It's more of a desi ketchup, think the ketchup served in bazaars (markets) with those chaat masala fries. A little more sweet, spiced with laal mirch(cayenne) and bhuna va zeera (toasted cumin seeds), and it is absolutely delicious. It goes perfect with your classic trolley foods; samosas, sandwiches, fried chicken, pakoray and so much more.
Chicken Jalfrezi is a testament to how one ingredient can transform a dish completely. If you look through the ingredients you can see they consist of ingredients used in any chicken curry. The only difference is a bell pepper, also known as shimla mirch. Such a poetic name, no? This is the story of how one shimla mirch changed everything. Another thing to love is that Jalfrezi is classically cooked with boneless chicken, so it's not just me switching out the bone-in chicken for my convenience. But don't be fooled. This recipe delivers on all fronts. Flavor, texture, and looks, because that fresh pop of green does so much for this dish.