Murg naram garam – spicy chicken pot roast


1 whole chicken, cleaned and trussed
12 whole cardamoms, bruised
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
8 peppercorns
3 cloves
1 small cinnamon stick
1 tsp ginger, minced
3-4 dried red chilies
10 scallions, white part only, crushed
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil to med in a heavy bottom vessel. Fry the scallions for 2 minutes, then add cardamoms and fry 1 minute more. Stir in all other ingredients and heat through. Pour in enough water to barely cover and bring to the boil. Add chicken, cover and reduce heat to a hard simmer. Cook 45 minutes, turning at least twice. Remove cover and cook, turning often, till the spice mixture is fairly dry and coats the chicken. Serves: 4 to 6 heat scale: med

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