Kosha Murgi

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Kosha MurgiKosha Murgi: Kosha murgi means chicken that has been slow cooked till the gravy has turned dry. Kosha murgi is a dry type chicken curry with no addition of water and should be cooked in Mustard Oil. Traditionally, a little sugar is added and caramelized to achieve the gorgeous colour of this dish. Kosha murgi is one of the star chicken recipes of Bengali cuisine.

Ingredients (serves 4-6):

  • 1 kg skinless chicken, cut into 8 or 12 pieces
  • 3 medium sized onions, sliced
  • 1 large sized tomato, sliced
  • 2 tbsp ginger- garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies, slit
  • Whole garam masala:–
    • 2 black cardamoms
    • 2 green cardamoms
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 one inch cinnamon sticks
    • 2 cloves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 6 tbsp mustard oil
  • Chopped coriander leaves, for garnishing


  • Heat mustard oil in a thick deep-bottom pan.
  • Once the oil reaches its smoke point, let it cool.
  • Add half a teaspoon of sugar and wait till it melts.
  • Add in the whole spices and stir for about 10 seconds.
  • Add in the sliced onions
  • Fry till the onions soften and turn translucent.
  • Add in the ginger-garlic paste along with the slit green chillies.
  • Fry for 10-15 seconds.
  • Add in the chicken pieces.
  • Fry the chicken on medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir well so that all the chicken pieces are nicely coated.
  • Add the coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and turmeric powder.
  • Mix well so that all the pieces are coated in the spices.
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low flame.
  • Add in the sliced tomato and season the curry with salt.
  • Cover and cook on low flame, for another 5 to 7 minutes or till the chicken is done.
  • Remove the cover and give it a good stir till whatever remaining gravy you see dries up.
  • Remove the kosha murgi from heat.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve the kosha murgi with hot steamed rice.

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