Murgh Musallam Whole Chicken With Spices

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May. 09, 2011


Whole chicken 3 1/2 Pound (1 Piece)
Loosely packed saffron threads 1 Teaspoon
Hard boiled eggs 4
For marinade
Garlic 6 Clove (30 gm) , peeled and coarsely chopped
Fresh ginger piece 1 , peeled and coarsely chopped (2 Inches Long And 1 Inch Wide)
Salt 1 1/2 Teaspoon
Garam masala 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground turmeric 1/2 Teaspoon
Plain yogurt 4 Tablespoon
For cooking paste
Cooking oil 8 Tablespoon
Onions 4 Medium , peeled
Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm) , peeled and coarsely chopped
Fresh ginger piece 1 , peeled and coarsely chopped (1 Inch Long And 1 Inch Wide)
Blanched almonds 1 Tablespoon , slivered
Ground coriander 1 Tablespoon
Ground cumin 1 Teaspoon
Black cardamoms 4 Large (Use Seeds)
Green cardamom pods 8 Small (Use Seeds)
Ground cloves 1/4 Teaspoon
Ground cinnamon 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground nutmeg 1/4 Teaspoon
Ground mace 1/4 Teaspoon
Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 Teaspoon
Cayenne pepper 1/2 Teaspoon
Lemon juice 3 Tablespoon
Finely chopped parsley 2 Tablespoon (Chinese / Italian, For Garnish)


First make your marinade.

Put the ingredients for the marinade in the container of an electric blender.

Blend at high speed until you have a smooth paste.

Peel the skin off the whole chicken.

Where it is hard to peel, as on the wing tips, you can leave it on.

Prick the chicken all over with a fork, place in a bowl, and pour marinade over it.

Rub the chicken well with the marinade, both inside and out, and leave, unrefrigerated, for about 2 hours.

Rinse out your blender container.

You will need it again.

Soak the saffron in 2 tablespoons of hot water.

Now make the paste to cook the chicken in.

Heat 6 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a 10-12-inch heavy-bottomed pot over a medium-high flame.

When hot, put in the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger.

Stir and fry for 8 to 10 minutes or until the onions are brown at the edges but still soft.

With a slotted spoon, remove onions, garlic, and ginger and place them in the blender container.

Reserve the cooking oil.

Place a small iron or aluminum skillet over a medium flame.

When it is hot, put the blanched almonds in it.

Stir them around until they turn golden, then add them to the blender container.

In the same small skillet put the ground coriander and cumin.

Stir, watching, until the spices turn a few shades darker (do not let them burn).

They will smoke quite a bit, but don't worry—it is to be expected.

Then put them in the blender along with the cardamom seeds, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, salt, black pepper, cayenne, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of water.

Blend all to a smooth paste, pausing, if necessary, to, push the mixture down with a rubber spatula a few times.

When the chicken has marinated for 2 hours, heat the reserved oil and add 2 more tablespoons of oil to it.

Do this over medium-high flame.

Lift the chicken out of the bowl along with any clinging marinade and place in the oil.

Brown it as well as you can on all sides.

You will not be able to do this too evenly, but it does not matter.

When the chicken has browned, turn heat down to low.

Take the paste from the blender and, using a rubber spatula, spread it all over the chicken.

Add 1 cup of water to the pot and bring to a boil.

Cover tightly.

Turn heat to low and simmer gently for about 40 minutes or until chicken is tender.

Turn chicken 2 or 3 times during the first 15 minutes of this cooking time.

After that, leave it breast up and baste it every 5 to 7 minutes with the sauce.

Peel the hard-boiled eggs, and 10 minutes before the chicken is fully cooked put them in the pot, spooning tomato sauce over them as well.

Pour saffron and saffron water over chicken.

Cover and continue simmering until chicken is tender.

To serve: Lift chicken carefully out of pot and place it on warmed platter.

Arrange eggs around it.

If you like, skim the oil off the sauce before pouring it over chicken and eggs.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Serve with a fish pullao or Rice with Peas.

You could also serve any vegetable you like: Fried Eggplants with Sour Green Chutney, or a cauliflower or beari dish might be nice.

A yogurt relish is almost a must with Murgh Mussallam.

I often serve Yogurt with Spinach.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 5595Calories from Fat 3587

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 401 g616.9%

Saturated Fat 96 g480%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 4501 mg187.54%

Total Carbohydrates 150 g50%

Dietary Fiber 31 g124%

Sugars 45 g

Protein 349 g698%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet