How to prepare Achari Murg
Achari Murg


Chicken cut into small pieces [ chilly chicken ]  500gms
Whisked  hung curd  ½  cup
Dried red chilies  5 nos
Ginger-garlic paste  3 tbsp
Turmeric powder  1 tsp
Red chili powder  1 tsp
Asafoetida ½ tsp
Panch phoran powder 1 tsp
Mustard Oil  3 tbsp
Salt  To taste
Vinegar 1 tbsp
1 tsp mustard seeds   [ Rai ]
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp nigella seeds [ KALONJI ]
1 tsp fennel seeds


  • Heat 3 tbsp mustard oil in a pan. Add panch phoran ingredients and asafetida in the oil and fry them until you can feel the  sharp aroma arising from the oil.
  • Add dried red chili  fry them until it becomes tender and  light  brown ,  add ginger-garlic paste and fry them till the raw smell ceases .
  • Now, add turmeric powder, red chili powder , curd and salt , mix well and Cook the masala for 2 to 4 minutes. Add Chicken pieces and blend well with the masala.
  • Cook the chicken on high flame for 5 mts till outer layer of chicken turns brown like its grilled. [This is called searing of chicken.]
  • Lower the flame and add panch phoran powder and mix it well. Cover and cook the chicken till it gets completely cooked.
  • Chicken should get cooked in 15 minutes. The Achari Murg shall not be too thick but it must be a thin saucy consistency.
  • Turn off the flame and add vinegar and mix it well. This is makes the gravy a bit more tangy. You can temper with white sesame seeds which is sautéed in  1tsp butter.
  • This can be stored in clean air tight jars and use as an accompaniment for your meal.
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