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Bengali Murgir Jhol (Bengali Chicken Curry)

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A classic Bengali chicken dish served with hot steamed rice during lunch.
Bengali Murgir Jhol (Bengali Chicken Curry)

Bengali Murgir Jhol is a delicious and common dish in Bengali households. A simple and light dish often made during sunday lunch, it is typically served with steamed rice, roti, naans or parathas. A versatile chicken dish, this Bengali chicken curry is also good for a weeknight dinner.

Bengali Murgir Jhol (Bengali Chicken Curry)

Bengali Murgir Jhol (Bengali Chicken Curry)
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Bengali Murgir Jhol (Bengali Chicken Curry) Recipe

A classic Bengali chicken dish served with hot steamed rice during lunch.
Prep Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bengali, Indian
Keyword: Bengali Food, Sunday Lunch

Ingredients for Bengali Murgir Jhol (Bengali Chicken Curry)

  • 500 g Chicken chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Onion finely sliced
  • 2 Potato chopped
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Cloves
  • a small piece Cinnamon broken
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli
  • handful Coriander Leaves chopped
  • Salt as per taste


  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes small, chopped

How to make Bengali Murgir Jhol (Bengali Chicken Curry)

  • Combine the yogurt, mustard oil, a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder in a bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the chicken pieces and rub gently.
  • Keep aside for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium flame.
  • Fry the cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon and red chillies for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Add the onions and potatoes. Saute until onions turn golden.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well.
  • Cook for a minute.
  • Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and little water.
  • Mix again and add the tomato ketchup.
  • Add the marinated chicken pieces and stir well.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour 1 cup of water.
  • Add sugar and little salt.
  • Stir once and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir well and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  • Add the garam masala powder and stir gently.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Remove from flame and serve with rice or rotis.


Depending on how much gravy you want, adjust the quantity of the water at step #14.

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Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.

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