Jaipuri Curry

2.7 from 3 votes

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By Ollie Cartwright

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Whether you’re a die-hard curry aficionado or new to Indian cooking, this Jaipuri Curry recipe is brimming with flavours synonymous with Indian cuisine.

Jaipuri Curry Recipe

I’ve been inspired but the vibrant city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. I’m not going to lie, as is often the case, this is probably not completely authentic or traditional but it’s tasty nonetheless. It’s the perfect balance between warm, spicy and rich.

How to Make Jaipuri Curry

A detailed recipe with full quantities can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

Step 1: As with all curries, you’ll get the best flavour if you spend time toasting your spices first. All you need to do is get a pan nice and hot and then pop the spices into toast – no oil required!

Once your kitchen is full of the aroma of the spices, you can grind them in a spice grinder or using a pestle and mortar.

Toast Spices

Step 2: I’d argue the next most important steps of any curry is the onion base. All too often, people quickly fry the base for a few minutes and then move on to the next step.

You want to saute them for 10 to 15 minutes until they release their sugars.

Sweat Onions

Once the onions have cooked down, you can add in your garlic and ginger and cook that for a matter of minutes – otherwise, you risk burning it.

Step 3: Now, you can add in your tomatoes. I like to use a tin of tomatoes, which I then puree myself but you can also use pureed tomatoes or passata – whatever you have to hand. You’ll also want to add in the spices you toasted previously at this point.

Add Tomatoes and Spices

Step 4: Add in your chosen protein. You can use either chicken cubes or lamb pieces. If you want a vegetarian option then cubes of tofu will also work well here.

Add Chicken

Step 5: This is where we make the curry creamy and velvety by adding in whisked yoghurt. Pour the yoghurt in and keep stirring the curry to prevent it from curdling.

Allow the curry to simmer for around 25 minutes. You may need to add a splash of water if the curry is drying up. You need enough liquid to poach the chicken until cooked through.

Stir In Yoghurt

Step 6: Finally, check the season, add a sprinkle of garam masala and a pinch of chopped coriander and then enjoy!

Garnish with Fresh Coriander

Tweaks

Below are some tweaks you could make to this simple Jaipuri curry recipe that won’t take away from the main dish:

  • Coconut Twist: Swap out the yoghurt for coconut milk to bring a tropical element into the dish.
  • Leafy Greens: Add a cup of chopped spinach, kale or cavolo nero leaves during the simmering process for extra nutrition and a beautiful pop of colour.
  • Tangy Tamarind: Add a teaspoon of tamarind paste along with the tomatoes for a tangy, sour kick.
  • Seafood Edition: Replace the chicken or lamb with prawns or white fish for a pescatarian take on Jaipuri curry.
  • Nutty Aroma: Add a spoonful of cashew or almond paste for a richer, creamier curry with a nutty aftertaste.
  • Smoky Infusion: Char the onions and tomatoes on an open flame before pureeing them for a smoky flavour profile.
  • Double Protein: Add some canned chickpeas and meat for additional protein.
Chicken Jaipuri Curry Recipe

Storage

Fortunately, like most curries and stews, this is a great dish to batch-cook and then store. Below are all the details on how to store it:

Refrigerate: Store the cooled Jaipuri curry in an airtight container and place it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Always use a clean spoon to serve.

Freeze: To freeze, portion the cooled curry into airtight containers or resealable freezer bags. It will last for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Reheat: To reheat, place the thawed or refrigerated curry in a saucepan and warm it over low heat. If it’s too thick, add a splash of water to regain the original consistency.

What to Serve With Jaipuri Curry?

This dish pairs well with naan, rice, or even quinoa for a healthier option. You could even try our 3-ingredient flatbreads.

Jaipuri Curry Recipe

2.7 from 3 votes
Course: Main, DinnerCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

This is my freezer-friendly recipe for Jaipuri curry

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Ingredients

  • 500 g 1 lb – Diced Chicken or Lamb Pieces

  • 2 2 – Onions, Finely Sliced

  • 2 2 – Large Tomatoes, Pureed

  • 4 4 – Garlic Cloves, Minced

  • 1-Inch 1-Inch – Ginger, Minced

  • 150 g 3/5 cup – Yoghurt

  • 3 3 – Dried Red Chillies

  • 2 tsp 2 tsp – Coriander Seeds

  • 1 tsp 1 tsp – Cumin Seeds

  • 1 tsp 1 tsp – Ground Turmeric

  • 1 tsp 1 tsp – Garam Masala

  • – Salt

  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp – Oil or Ghee

  • – Coriander for Garnishing

Directions

  • Spice Blend
    In a dry skillet, roast dried red chilies, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds until aromatic. Grind to a fine powder using a spice grinder.
  • Cook Onion
    In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the oil or ghee. Add the sliced onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  • Add Ginger-Garlic
    Add the minced ginger and garlic. Sauté for another 2 minutes or until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add Tomato
    Stir in the pureed tomatoes and cook until the oil starts to separate from the masala.
  • Add Spices
    Add the prepared spice blend, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well.
  • Add Protein
    Add the chicken or lamb pieces (or vegetables or tofu). Mix well to coat the meat or veggies in the masala.
  • Incorporate Yoghurt
    Gradually add the whisked yoghurt, stirring continuously to avoid curdling.
  • Simmer
    Cover and let it simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the meat is fully cooked (or vegetables are tender).
  • Season Check
    Check seasoning, adjusting salt or chili as required. Sprinkle garam masala over the top.
  • Garnish
    Garnish with fresh coriander leaves before serving.

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