A curry dish developed during the time when the British ruled India, as a means of using up leftovers. The genesis of the name is unclear but one theory suggests that jal or jahl means “spicy hot” and frezi means “fry.” Regardless, jalfrezi can certainly be a spicy hot Stir-Fry. It originally used leftover pieces of beef or fowl marinated in Indian spices and stir-fried with green peppers, onions, tomatoes and green chiles (which provide the heat). Today the dish is sometimes made using fresh ingredients (not leftovers) and some versions are meatless.

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