It’s a usual working day for me today… but back in my hometown people are celebrating! Yes, it is time for Noboborsho (Bengali New Year). Noboborsho is the first day of the Bengali calendar celebrated in the state of West Bengal in India (that’s the state I come from), and it is also celebrated in the country of Bangladesh. When I was a kid, I remember celebrating every Bengali New Year in a similar way – wear new clothes, visit the temple, visit stores and buy stuff, followed by spending rest of the time with family and friends.
The most important part, as goes for any celebration, used to be the food and yes, it was in plenty! There were complimentary snacks and cold drinks served at every store we visited and mouth-watering appetizers etc at family and friends’ place. As for most Indians, a meal is always incomplete without a sweet dish. So every New Year, the day started and ended with delectable sweets 🙂
Although I’m not in my hometown, I wanted to celebrate New Year by cooking one of my favorite Bengali food. It’s a busy week, but who doesn’t have time for cooking good food? So I spent yesterday evening preparing Chicken with Yogurt (Doi Chicken – ‘Doi’ means yogurt in Bengali) and deep-fried flat bread made of wheat flour (Luchi) on occasion of the New Year. Doi Chicken is a very traditional Bengali dish and something which is cooked in my family quite often. It is a very simple yet delicious chicken recipe, a must try I would say 🙂
So even if you’re not a Bengali and not celebrating New Year today, you must still try it out… it will surely make your day 🙂
শুভ নববর্ষ (Happy New Year)!
Preparation Time: 15 minutes (excluding marinating time)
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Cooking Oil – 2 tbsp
Chicken – 900 g
Plain yogurt – Around 1.5 cups
Tomato – 2 medium, made into a puree
Onion – 3 medium, made into a paste
Bay Leaf – 3, small
Ginger paste – 2 tsp
Garlic paste or finely chopped – 3 tsp
Red dried chili – 4
Paprika + chili powder – 1.5 tsp each
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Asafoetida (heeng) – 2 tsp
Garam Masala (Indian spice mix) – 1 to 2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Step 1: Mix the chicken well with the yogurt, paprika and chili powder. Marinade for around 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Step 2: Heat oil in a U-shaped pan or vessel. Add the bay leaves and dried red chili. Follow by adding the onion paste and tomato puree. Cook for 2 minutes.
Step 3: Add the ginger and garlic paste and mix well for another 1 to 2 minutes. Next add the cumin powder and asafoetida. Cook for another 2 minutes or so until the spices are mixed well.
Step 4: Add the marinated chicken to the above mixture. Mix all the ingredients properly.
Step 5: Lower the heat and cover the pan. Cook the chicken for another 15 to 20 minutes with occasional stirring, until the you have a thick consistency. Add salt for taste. Just before transferring to the serving dish, add the garam masala and mix well.
Step 6: Serve hot with Indian bread or pulao 🙂
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