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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Murgir Jhol (Chicken Curry)


If I do a survey I‘m sure 90% of all Bengalis are going to list chicken curry as the first dish they ever tried to cook. Be it students attempting it at the club picnic or the hostel balcony or a newly wed making it for his/her significant other.

Many years back my then boyfriend gave me a frantic call that there he was with 15 of his friends and 5KG of chicken but no idea how to go forward with making that chicken edible. They were almost deciding to go back to their primal routes of eating it raw when that call saved them. I narrated the recipe over phone and prayed that they don’t burn their friends apartment down.

If this is your first attempt at cooking, best wishes to you and I hope this starts a new culinary journey for you.


  1. 1kg chicken cut into medium pieces
  2. 1 large onion finely sliced
  3. 3 potatoes cut into halves
  4. 2 large tomatoes cut into quarters
  5. 1tbsp. ginger paste
  6. 1tbsp. garlic paste
  7. 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  8. 1 tbsp. chili powder
  9. 1 tsp. Bengali garam masala powder
  10. 4-5 tbsp. of mustard oil
  11. 2,3 bay leaves
  12. Whole garam masala (1" cinnamon, 2 cardamom, 4 cloves )
  13. Salt to taste
  14. 1tsp. sugar


Heat mustard oil till it smokes. Fry potato halves on medium heat till they turn golden yellow. Remove and keep aside.

Add sugar to it. Wait till it melts. This will give your gravy a vibrant red color. Immediately add bay leaves and whole garam masala. As soon as you get the aroma of garam masala, add onion slices to it and fry on low heat till they become light brown. You need lots of patience for frying onion till this level (around 15-20mins on low heat) so that when later you add water or wet masala to it, the onions should dissolve in it.

Add chicken pieces and fry on high heat till it looses its raw pink color.Add ginger garlic paste along with dry spice powder ( turmeric + chili ).Mix well and cook it covered for 5 mins.

Next add tomato. Let it soften before you press it down with the back of spatula. Cook it covered for another 5 mins. Add fried potato pieces along with 2 cups of warm water. Cook it covered on medium heat till potato and chicken are done. Sprinkle garam masala powder and serve with hot rice.



Anonymous said...

All your recipies are sooooo good. It helps a lot. Why don't you post some dishes for children/ babies also? Like some good dishes for toddlers as well as the kids. Some dry dishes and some regular gravy dishes. I'm a regular follower of your blog. I'll look forward towards your ans :-)

Somtapa Brahmachari said...

Hi, what kind of kids' dishes you want? Do you want something continental type or Indian cuisine? Please let me know. I have never made any kids special dish for my nine yrs. old daughter. She loves the regular food I make at home. So I will try to give a list of recipe that my daughter loves, that might help. Don't forget to mention the type of food your child like, so that I can improvise something for the little one.

babelbabe said...

Thank you so much. I am a south Indian married to a bengali guy and I had no idea how to cook. I tried looking up so many bengali cooking blogs and trying out the recipes. What a horrible experience I had, But your blog has been a life saver and marriage saver. Literally,
Thank you

Somtapa Brahmachari said...

@babelbabe, thanks for your lovely comment..

Sucharita Saha said...

Dear Ma'am.. The chicken curry was simple yet so full of flavour.. Thank you for the recipe! Sucharita..

Somtapa Brahmachari said...

Thank you,Sucharita..