Bong Connection Chicken

Murgir Dom(Dum Chicken curry)

This is  a traditional chicken curry cooked the Bengali way.During my childhood around 30 to 40 years back the  poultry concept was not so predominant.In contrast local country hen was used for making authentic Bengali curries.The meat contained more flavor and the curries contain less spices compared to chicken cooked  in the Mughlai way.Bengali cooking is one of the best mainly because of the simplicity of flavors and the fresh smelling taste which mainly comes from the seasoning or “phoron” in mustard oil.It sets the dishes apart from the traditional Indian restaurant food you may have tasted.
The partition of Bengal has also a lot of influenceon the food of West Bengal.The Partition of Bengal in 1947, part of the Partition of India, divided the British Indian province of Bengal between India and Pakistan. Predominantly Hindu West Bengal became a province of India, and predominantly Muslim East Bengal (now Bangladesh) became a province of Pakistan ,now Bangladesh.Many people in West Bengal were refugges who had to migrate during the partition.You will notice the curries are cooked with potatoes or vegetables.It is because Bengalis are primarily non-vegetarians and after the partition of Bengal, during their stay  in the refugee camps  and living the hard way they had learnt how to make curries economical and filling and flavorful  even with less amount of meat in it.



  1. 1 whole country chickens curry cut(or any chicken)
  2. Salt to taste
  3. 1/2 lemon
  4. 1 large red onion
  5. 1/2 inches ginger, peeled
  6. 5 to 6 cloves of garlic
  7. 2-4 green chilies
  8. 1/4th cup  mustard oil
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. 1 tsp sugar
  11. 1/2 tspn bengali garam mashala(roughly ground cinnamon 1 inch,cloves 3 to 4,green cardamom(2 to 3))
  12. 1 tsp chili powder
  13. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  14. 1 tsp cumin powder
  15. 1 tsp coriander powder
  16. Potatoes (3 to 4)
  17. 2 cups hot water


  1. Wash and cut chicken thoroughly.
  2. Add the juice of half a lemon and a little salt and turmeric powder to season the chicken and marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Peel the potatoes and cut them into halves.Marinate with salt and turmeric powder.
  4. Now add the potatoes and fry them
  5. Slice one third of the onion fine.
  6. Grate the rest in the grater
  7. Blend the ginger, garlic and green chilies to make a smooth paste.
  8. Heat the oil in a skillet and fry the bay leaves and garam masala.
  9. Add the sugar and the sliced onion and fry until onion is brown .
  10. Add the onion-ginger-garlic-chili paste and stir fry till all the water has evaporated from it and oil floats on top.
  11. Add all the spices except the salt and stir for a couple of minutes.
  12. Add the chicken and fry in the spices until evenly coated and then fry some more (5 mins).
  13. Now cover the pan, turn down heat and allow to cook for 20 minutes, stiring occasionally.
  14. Next add the potatoes and the salt, stir and then cook the same way until the potatoes are done.
  15. You can add up to a cup of hot water when adding the potatoes.
  16. Pour into a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro.


Indrani Sen is a teacher,lecturer in Information Technology/Computer Science for the past 12 years. She has authored 4 text books in Information Technology.
She is passionate about cooking and loves to blog about food and travel.This blog is like my baby as I have built it from scratch by myself with little help from colleagues ,friends and of course Google.


  1. The gravy will come out tasty, but the chicken will taste bland unless you use country chicken.
    Appearance of the dish in a white bowl makes it look very appetising.

    1. yes u should use country chicken but even without it is tasty,not bland by any way,u should fry the spices with the chicken till it loses all water and oil floats on top and then only u should add water.The method is called “bhuna”,it should not be cooked like stew

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