DHAKAI CHICKEN

After the very tasty and acknowledged Indian Cuisine let us give a try for other cuisine – THE BANGLADESHI CUISINE

Bangladeshi cuisine has over time been largely influenced by the Mughlai cuisine left behind by the Persian Rulers. Dhaka being the Mughal Capital was a major trading centre in South Asia, so many culinary styles from around the world influenced the city’s cuisine. After Dhaka became the capital of East Bengal, Bangladesh the populace began to adopt the cuisine of the city with many unknown Persian, Turkish and Arabic influenced dishes becoming hugely popular.

DHAKAI CHICKEN – A stunner of a dish that no celebration in Bangladesh is complete without.

Succulent chicken legs. Sinfully caramelised onions. A melange of roasted spices. A touch of malai. A kiss of ghee. An absolute stunner of a dish that no marriage in Dhaka is said to be complete without. Read & Enjoy the recipe !!

Ingredients

  • 4 whole chicken leg
  • 1/2 cup  fried onions
  • 1/3 cup onion paste
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp yogurt whipped
  • 1/2 cup malai
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 3 tsp special roast spice powder
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1 one inch cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • salt to taste

Method

  • Carefully make 3-4 deep slit marks on both sides of the chicken legs with a sharp knife. Marinate with a little turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan, when smoking hot, sear the chicken pieces over a high flame for 3-4 odd minutes. Flip over, cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes. Keep aside in a separate bowl.
  • Into the same oil, stir in the onion paste, ginger paste and garlic paste, cook till the onions are cooked and the raw smell of onions is no longer there.
  • Reduce the heat, gently pour in the whipped yoghurt to the pan while stirring continuously. (You do not want the curd to split. Reducing the flame and continuous stirring are key here.)
  • Add the remaining turmeric powder and red chili powder, saute till oil starts to release from the masala.
  • Place the chicken legs gently in the pan, add ½ a cup of warm water, give it a hearty mix and bring the curry to a gentle simmer.
  • Heat the ghee in a separate small pan, when smoking hot, throw in the crushed green cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaves. Allow the spices to splutter.
  • Once the spices have released their aroma, gently pour over the chicken.
  • Now crush the fried onions in your palm, sprinkle over the chicken.
  • Reduce the flame, stir the malai into the curry. Give it a hearty stir, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes till the chicken is tender and the gravy has thickened to almost a coating consistency.
  • Sprinkle in the special roast spice powder. Give it another mix.
  • Adjust seasonings. Cover, allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

For The Special Roast Spice Powder

  • Dry roast the green cardamom, cinnamon, shah jeera and white pepper. Allow the spices start to release their aroma.
  • Transfer to an electric grinder, add the nutmeg and mace, grind to a fine powder. Store it in an air tight container.

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