Robibarer Murgir Jhol aka Sunday's Chicken Curry! A comfortable light Bengali-style chicken curry! By the way, why have I mentioned Robibar aka Sunday? Read further to know more!
All about comfort food and happy cooking
I don’t consider myself a cooking expert. I just try to learn from different people how they cook; what they cook; their process of cooking and obviously I try to learn from different books. My cooking journey started with watching my mom cooking! We had a Joint family of more than 20 members in Kolkata and my Mom and Aunties used to cook for the entire family! They knew the magic of making amazingly tasty food sometimes with scarce resources. I still remember them making Murgir Jhol with only 1 kg of Chicken for the entire family which was balanced with the use of Potatoes and nobody complained about having only one piece of chicken!
My First Expert!
I consider my Mother one of the major influencers in my life. She is my First Expert not only in terms of cooking but in each and every aspect of life! I learned from her how to enjoy life; how to manage both scarce and excess resources and last but not least how to be happy! This post is a bit special to me since it is not only about the signature Bengali Chicken Curry a.k.a Murgir Jhol (or Gorgore Laal Murgir Jhol) but also about her culinary skills.
Maa never had Chicken as she always has a preference for Mutton but that never ever reflected in her cooking! She does not even taste it while cooking Chicken but the end result is every time mind-blowing. I just don’t understand how she manages to cook properly without even tasting the curry but probably this is the specialty of mothers…. Experience speaks after all 🙂 It is her experience of cooking for more than 30 years that makes her My First Expert…….
Why the name Robibarer Murgir Jhol for Bengali Chicken Curry?
Now you may ask why I named it Robibarer Murgir Jhol a.k.a. Sunday Chicken Curry …. Reason is simple….Hubby is a fan of My Mom’s cooking especially Bengali-style Mutton curry prepared by her. I’ve already given the recipe of the Mutton Version of this Meat Curry with Potato is equally tasty and is known as Kochi Pathar Jhol. In my place, I don’t have any option but to cook either Chicken or Mutton on Sundays since both Hubby and Baby need their portion of Runny meat curry along with Potatoes 🙄 . However, I prefer to cook Chicken than Mutton for the obvious reason of avoiding red meat given our steadily increasing weight !
Bengali Murgir Jhol from Maa's Kitchen
I adopted this Murgir Jhol recipe from Maa with very minimal changes. Basically, Murgir Jhol is a light Chicken Curry prepared in almost all Bengali households and this Jhol is characterized by the runniness and red color of the gravy and the presence of well-cooked potatoes in the Chicken Curry. I believe Bongs love the Potato more than the meat and for us, this typical jhol is a comfort food that we cherish on lethargic Sundays 😀 .
It is not typically spicy as compared to other Indian Chicken dishes but that does not reflect the color of the gravy which is as red as Laal Maas! To be precise this dish is an eyewash; it looks spicy but is not actually spicy 😈 !
Using Deshi Chicken gives the ultimate taste to this dish, however, I mostly use normal chicken. Now coming to my mother’s tips on Murgir Jhol; Maa opined that it is always better to cook at least 750g – 1 kg chicken to get the maximum taste instead of cooking smaller portions 😮 . I never saw Maa use a pressure cooker or Karhai to cook Chicken Curry; she always uses a typical deep-bottomed pan known as “Dekchi” in Bengali for cooking Chicken.
However, Maa does not use Kashmiri Red Chilli in her cooking but I prefer to use it since it is milder than normal Chilli powder and gives amazing color to the gravy I don't have a Deckchi available in my kitchen so I use my Futura utensil for cooking Murgir Jhol.
Here's how I make Bengali Chicken CurryPrint
Robibarer Murgir Jhol from my Mother’s Kitchen!
Murgir Jhol is a light Chicken Curry prepared in almost all Bengali households and is characterized red color of the gravy and the presence of potatoes in the Chicken Curry
- Prep Time: 8 hours
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 8 hours 45 mins
- Yield: 6 People 1x
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: Bengali
- 1kg Chicken (12-14 Pieces)
- 4 Potato (each cut into 4 pieces)
- 200g Plain Curd
- 5 Onion (roughly chopped)
- 1 Tbsp. Ginger Paste
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic Paste
- 3 Tbsp. Tomato Puree
- ½ Tsp. Cumin Seed
- 1 Tsp. Cumin Powder
- 1 Tsp.Coriander Powder
- 1 Tsp.Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tsp. Bengali Garam Masala Powder
- 2 Tsp.Red Chilli Powder
- 2 Bay Leaf
- 2 Dry Red Chilli
- 5 Green cardamom
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 2 Green Chilies
- 1 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1.5 Tsp. Salt or to Taste
- 4 T bsp.Mustard Oil
- Wash chicken pieces thoroughly and pat dry those.
- Marinate chicken with half of the Ginger paste, Garlic paste, half of the Cumin powder, Coriander powder, Turmeric Powder, pinch of salt, entire Curd and 1 tbsp. mustard oil for around 8 hours or overnight ( or at least for 3-4 hours).
- Take 3 tbsp. mustard oil in a deep pan and heat properly.
- Fry potatoes after sprinkling little turmeric powder and salt till those turn Golden Brown in color. Keep those aside once fried.
- Temper remaining oil with the bay leaf and dry Red Chillies, green cardamom, cinnamon stick and also Cumin Seed.
- Add Sugar to the oil and cook until sugar caramelizes.
- Add sliced onions and fry till onions turn translucent in color. This step is essential for giving the gravy a rich color.
- Now add remaining Ginger-Garlic Paste and fry for 2-3 minutes in low flame and add the pureed tomato and again fry for 5 minutes.
- Add remaining Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder, and salt and fry for 4-5 minutes in low flame (can add 1-2 tablespoon of water in between).
- Add Marinated Chicken pieces and cook for 10 minutes in low flame till oil separates and chicken starts releasing its own water.
- Now add fried potatoes and give a thorough mix and cook for 5 minutes.
- Simultaneously start boiling around 1-liter water in a bowl. And add boiling water to the chicken mixture.
- Add Whole Green Red Chillies to the gravy. Green Chilies will provide the gravy with amazing flavor.
- Take one spoonful of gravy and check the spices and if required adjust them accordingly.
- Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a medium flame for around 10 minutes or till the chicken softens completely.
- Add Garam Masala Powder and give the curry a mix.
- Switch off the flame and give Murgir Jhol 5 minutes of standing time.
- Serve Hot Murgir Jhol with Steamed Rice.
Murgir Jhol is not complete without Mustard Oil. No other Oil would give the same flavor as Mustard Oil. Kashmiri Red Powder gives this Curry an amazing red color.
- Serving Size: 150g
- Calories: 513
- Sugar: 7.7g
- Sodium: 642mg
- Fat: 16.3g
- Saturated Fat: 3..5g
- Carbohydrates: 33.8g
- Fiber: 5.1g
- Protein: 56.3g
- Cholesterol: 133mg
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