Murgh Musallam

Murgh Musallam

Chicken is always popular in our house esp when its roast chicken. This particular recipe uses a whole chicken (without cutting it in little pieces) and its slow cooked over a stove top with a bunch of indian spices. The result is a deliciously tasting chicken that melts in your mouth. This recipe hails from North West India and will be a hit in your house if your family loves chicken and curry ... some roti and rice and it will be a very satisfactory meal
K wasn't very sure when I told him that I was cooking a whole chicken curry ... but I think he was pretty impressed too. Hope you get to try it ... trust me its not complicated :)

Beula Pandian Thomas


  1. 1 Whole chicken
  2. 2 onion large diced
  3. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  4. 4 cardamoms
  5. 5 cloves
  6. 1 inch cinnamon stick
  7. 2 bay leaves
  8. 2 tbsps ginger paste
  9. 2 tbsps garlic paste
  10. 2 chiles green
  11. 1/2 tsp chili powder
  12. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  13. 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  14. 1 tsp garam masala powder
  15. 3 tbsps yogurt
  16. to taste Salt
  17. Oil
  18. coriander leaves onion Freshly chopped and sliced for garnish


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    I washed and removed the skin off the chicken. To make the marinade, I mixed together the ginger & garlic pastes, chilli, turmeric, coriander, garam masala powders, yogurt, salt and a 1tbsp of oil. I let the chicken marinate in the fridge for 3 - 4 hours

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    When you are ready to cook it. In a nice large deep pot, add some oil, and once hot add some chopped onions, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon and cardamoms. Also add a couple of green chillies, a bay leaf and saute until the onions have softened

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    Add the marinated chicken along with the marinade. Let the marinade start to cook until the oil begins to separate. I then poured enough water to cover the chicken, also add some salt if needed. Cover and cook over medium low heat until the chicken is done

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    Very slowly and gently transfer the cooked chicken - I say very gently because it can fall apart!!!! into a serving dish, then pour the gravy over it. Garnish with some coriander leaves and onion

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    Serve this along with some freshly steamed white rice... The chicken will just melt in your mouth... it was so YUM!

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