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Bengali Chicken Stew

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 1
 

Recipe

This stew is typical of everyday Bengali food — lightly spiced, with a broth-like gravy. It is served with steamed rice, which absorbs the thin gravy admirably.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 12 skinless bone-in chicken thighs
  • 3½ tbsp (52 mL) oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) panch phoran (see Notes)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced peeled ginger root
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced garlic
  • 3 plum tomatoes (Roma), cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) wedges
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cumin powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) turmeric
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) salt
  • 8 oz (250 g) all purpose potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (about 2)
  • 6 to 8 large cauliflower florets (about half a small head)

Directions

1. Rinse chicken and pat dry thoroughly.

2. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the oil over medium heat. Brown chicken, in 2 batches, 6 to 8 minutes per batch. Remove with tongs and set aside.

3. Remove from heat. Scrape up any bits and pieces that may be stuck to the pan and add to chicken.

4. Add remaining oil to pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add panch phoran. When the seeds stop popping, in a few seconds, reduce heat to medium. Immediately add bay leaves, ginger, garlic and tomatoes and stir to mix. Add coriander, cumin and turmeric and sauté for 1 minute.

5. Add 4 cups (1 L) water. Increase heat to medium-high. Add chicken, making sure all pieces are submerged. Add salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 35 minutes.

6. Add potatoes and cauliflower. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and chicken is no longer pink inside, 12 to 14 minutes.

Notes

Panch phoran is a mix of equal proportions of five aromatic seeds, including mustard, cumin, fennel, fenugreek and nigella. It can be premixed and stored indefinitely.


© 2007 Suneeta Vaswani
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

This recipe serves 8.

216kcal (11%)
35mg (3%)
18mg (30%)
31mcg RAE (1%)
518mg
44mg
22g
1g
2g
9g
86mg (29%)
680mg (28%)
6g (30%)
10g (16%)
2mg (13%)
 

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  • Fredmurr

    04.24.13 Flag comment

    In place of panch phoran I used Madras Curry and a can of fire roasted tomatoes , outstanding. The family loved it.

 

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