Monday, 26 October 2015

Murgir Dhapka ( One pot Chicken Curry)

Murgir Dhapka ( One pot Chicken Curry)
Today when I was chatting with my 85 year old father, I asked him if he remembers any authentic Bengali recipes which my grandmother cooked. We discussed many recipes and one of them is this recipe "Murgir Dhapka". This is a chicken recipe cooked by my Great Grandfather. In olden days in many Bengali houses, Chicken was cooked in the courtyard of the house. It was usually cooked by the men of the house. Ladies did not eat chicken at all and even avoided touching it. As a kid whenever I use to visit my Grandma's house.. I had seen them cooking the chicken in the Dalan (courtyard) and all the vessels in which chicken was cooked and eatten were kept separate. Even the Mud Chula on which the chicken was cooked was kept separate for later use. This ritual was followed due the religious reasons.

For Marinating the Chicken 
Ingredients
1 Kg Chicken
1 Onion chopped
4 Green Chillies
5 to 6 Garlic cloves
1 small piece of Ginger
6 Pepper corn
2 Cloves
2 Cardomom
1 small Pieces Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
4 tbsp Curd
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Chilli powder
1 tbsp Mustard Oil

Method
In a blender, blend the Onion, Green Chillies, Garlic cloves, Ginger, Pepper corn, Cloves,Cardomom, Cinnamon,Coriander Seeds and Cumin Seeds into a fine paste. Marinate the chicken with the paste, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and mustard oil for 2 to 3 hours.

For Cooking the Chicken
Ingredients
Marinated Chicken
1 Small Onion Sliced
1 Tomato Cut into Cubes
6 Small  size Potatoes peeled
6 Small size whole Onions peeled
2 Green Chillies slit
6 Gralic cloves whole
1 small piece of Ginger Sliced
2 Cloves crushed
2 Cardomom crushed
1 small Pieces Cinnamon crushed
2 Bay Leaves
1/4 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Mustard Oil

Method
Take a deckchi (mud pot or any pot). Add oil, let it heat. Add the crushed Cardomon, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves. Sauté it for 30 seconds. Add the sliced onion, garlic, ginger and chillies. Sauté it till the onions are translucent. Add sugar and cook till the onions are brown in colour. Add 2 cups water, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the marinated chicken along with the juices. Stir it. Cover and simmer till the chicken are half done. Add the whole potatoes, onions and chopped tomatoes. Put the lid back and cook till chicken and the potatoes are cooked. Drizzle few drops of mustard oil. Serve hot with steamed rice.