Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ma's Home cooking: Chicken Curry

I am taking you back to my mom's kitchen today with her recipe for chicken curry. Technically, this dish should be called murgi'r jhol. Mostly though, it is very simply referred to as "Murgi" or "Chicken".

This is not the kind of chicken curry that you will find in "indian restaurants". This is the kind of curry that you will taste in a bengali home on a lazy sunday afternoon, served with rice and a refreshing cucumber - onion raita. A curry around which memories are made.

This curry needs love, attention and time. You want to cook it nice and slow. The more patience you have with it, the more you will enjoy it in the end. Pressure cooking this curry makes the chicken fall-off-the-bone tender. I use my trusty 10 year old Hawkins Pressure Cooker!

Yield - Serves 4

Prep Time - 15 Minutes + Marinating

Cook Time - 45 Minutes

Bengali Chicken Curry

Bengali Chicken Curry

Bengali Chicken Curry


Chicken thighs- 1 kg, bone in, skinless
Onions - 2 -3 medium chopped
Potatoes - 2 medium, quartered
Tomatoes - 2 chopped
Green chili - 1
Ginger - ¾  inch crushed
Garlic - one whole head, crushed
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Oil - 4-5 tablespoons


Yoghurt - 3 tablespoons
1 Lemon - Juiced
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 2 tsp


Bay Leaves - 2 to 3
Whole Black Pepper - 1 tsp
Cloves - 4
Cardamom - 2 to 3
Cinnamon - quarter inch piece


Marinate the chicken: 

Chicken Curry marinade
Put the chicken in a bowl, add the lemon juice, turmeric, chili powder, salt and 1 tsp garam masala powder. Let this marinate for a couple of hours; overnight if possible.

Chicken Curry marinade

Heat oil in a pressure cooker (or a heavy bottomed pot) and add the bay leaves, black pepper, clove, cardamom, cinnamon. 
Whole garam masala
(Temper the whole garam masala)

Add the onions. Let them cook a couple of minutes.
Onions fried

Add the crushed ginger and garlic and cook for 5 minutes till the oil starts to separate. At this point, this cooked onion mixture will smell so good you'll probably want to dig in straight away, but I recommend moving on to the next step.
Onions Cooked

Add the marinated chicken. Put the lid on and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes or a more, stirring occasionally.

Chicken Curry

Add chopped tomatoes and green chili. Add in the rest of the garam masala powder at this stage.

Chicken Curry

Continue to cook for another 10 to 15 minutes on medium - low heat.

Add the potatoes  and add the sugar

Once the oil separates, cook for a further minute or so.
Chicken Curry

Add a cup and a half of water and pressure cook it. About 15 Minutes.

Chicken Curry

Serve with fragrant basmati rice and raita.

Bengali Chicken Curry


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