Chicken Curry

With drought in my mouth, storm brewing in my stomach, whenever I knocked on Grandma’s door, uninvited, she would greet me with a spatula in hand wearing a full blown smile. Smile like a brightly blazed flaming flower. A Sunflower.

Crimson colored oil drops dripping down her spatula. Drops like the Daffodils gone wild in the hills in a sizzling summer noon.

I loved sniffing the scent of passion, promises of Ruby red chicken curry. A truly treasured, real, rural, authentic, esthetic lunch dish. The treasure still holds my soul captive.


pic1Grandma knew how to make a dish jazziest, how to make a soul happiest and how to be friendliest. She found soul and solace in sharing home cooked lunch every single day with whoever walked past her yard.




2 pounds skinless cut-up chicken

½ cup plain yogurt

1 Tablespoon ginger paste

1 Teaspoon garlic paste

Pinch of turmeric

1/2 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder. (It gives color. Not heat)

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 stick Cinnamon, 3 cardamoms, 3 cloves

½ cup water

1/2 cup Ghee or olive oil

Salt to taste

4-5 whole green chili peppers. ( For a little heat and aroma)

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice



Marinate cleaned, washed chicken with yogurt for about 30 minutes. This will eliminate raw odor and add succulence to the meat.

In a wide heavy-bottomed pot, heat ghee/oil over medium-high heat. Cook onions for 5 minutes.

When onions looking soft and light brown, add cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves. ( You may discard those before serving)

In a few seconds add water to prevent spices from burning. Now add garlic, ginger, turmeric and chili powder. Keep stirring for 5-8 minutes. Or until gravy separates from oil. Add meat. Coat the pieces well with gravy.

Add salt and green chili peppers. Adjust heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes, until chicken is tender and gravy thickens.

 Sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice to serve.


pic2Let your senses explore the depth of hot & sweet curry with steamed rice and fresh garden salad.


Old age crushed Grandma’s memory. Everybody is nameless to her. To her every face is like a frame-less portrait hung in an empty, hollow hallway. The Empress of the lotus covered linen lake house now is a weathered face. Her emerald eyes lost sight. Her senses are now unable to catch summer breeze or winter chills. But her open invitation for lunch to every passers-by would swirl and curl around their hearts like flowers and foliage painted in an ancient lighthouse tomb.



58 Comments on “Chicken Curry

  1. So nice to see , do not know what to eat, how delicious !

  2. I know it’s not possible for me to make this “Ruby Red Chicken Curry”!!! ( By the way, I can’t cook 😛 ). I have to look for someone who can prepare this for me(immediately :P). Dear সুবর্নাপু, আপাতত আমি পিকচার গুলাই ডাউনলোড দিলাম…
    থায়ঙ্ক ইউ

    • Follow the recipe, try it a couple of times and see the result for yourself 🙂 Depending on someone else for preparing your food is not a convenient idea, dear Jahir 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

      • Couple of times!!!!! in my entire life I never ever made a omelette. How it’s possible to make “Ruby Red Chicken Curry” ??
        By the way, ট্রাই তো করতে পারি, তাইনা ?? 😛 🙂

  3. That red sauce is gorgeous! And the chicken looks incredible. Lovely dish, terrific post — thanks so much.

  4. Its like a party in my mouth and eyes! You write so well, cook so well and photograph so well! Awesome in every possible way. Bless you!

  5. I am a vegetarian so won’t say much here but those tomatoes surely look beautiful. They remind me of something deadly in the mountains 😉

    • “Deadly”… sounds intensely interesting! Do show us the image of those deadly stuff, Praveen. My heartfelt thanks for stopping by here ❤

  6. The lovely grandmom, always so welcoming. There’s so much goodness here in this post. Absolutely in love with your mood of the pictures and those tomatoes..yummmm.
    Your writing is always so enticing and capturing my dear.

  7. My mother cooked completely by feel, using her hands instead of measuring cups, pinched fingers instead of teaspoons. She thought all this contact between cook and food has a profound effect on the finished dish.

    Suborna’s grandma must be doing the same!
    Don’t get me wrong, electrical appliances are essential in modern day kitchen work , but there is a widely held belief in our society that good food is the result of “Good hands.” The energy of the hands is transferred to the foods that are being prepared. Two perfectly capable cooks can use the same ingredients to prepare the same dishes and yet, one may taste better than the other. You may think it is because of cooking technique. I beg to differ. Food prepared with the energy of love tastes better.
    Suborna does exactly the same. She prepares food with the energy of love, as in this Chicken Curry!
    The appetizing Foodography almost spoilt my Fast! 🙂

    • Lovely to see your gracious presence here, dear Wali ❤ And I wholeheartedly agree what you just stated about "transferring good energy". Like Grandma, most of the times I depend on my kitchen&common sense instead of measuring spoons/cups. But it's also good to grow some wisdom about "correct measurement of ingredients" 🙂 Thanks a million for your BEAUTIFUL words, as always. Love.

  8. Omg! The chicken curry looks so fabulous.Love the lighting, love the composition and obviously love the whole presentation. I wish I could click like you. I must say you r the best apu ❤ .

  9. Such a flavorful, memory packed dish. Certain to please the palate and soothe the soul. Your photos are lovely, too.

  10. অস্থির!! দাদি-নানির সুবাসে মন ভরে গেল এত সুন্দর বর্ননায়!! আর খাবারের ছবি?? সেটা আর বলতে, আমার তাজা হয়ে যাওয়া মন যদি দেখাতে পারতাম! সেই অনুভুতি গুলোর বিশেষণ আমার জানা নাই আসলে। খুব ভাল লাগে আপু। আপনার ছবি সমাবেশ দেখতে। এমন ঈ আনন্দ পেতে থাকি যেন সারাজীবন। 🙂

    • সোনা পাখি একটা ❤ অনেক অনেক আদর, দোয়া রইল ❤

  11. Are you a poet too, Darling Nusrat? That is how your narrative sounds. Chicken curry sounds and looks absolutely delectable. You are an amazing food designer and a photographer. Wow!

  12. Blog often my dear. U are an inspiration for people like me.Love the last pic not one reflection from the steel lid so beautifully done.Now my mouth is flooding and stomach is on fire seeing the crimson chicken 🙂

    • Wish I could blog more often! It’s sweet to know that some people see me as an “inspiration” 🙂 Thank you, dear Meena, for the heart-melting words. Love.

  13. The pic and the recipe, both shout HOMEMADE with LOVE 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  14. such beautiful words Nusrat, you took me there and I remembered my days with my both my grandmoms. They both are gone now and I miss them! But memories helps us 🙂 That dish looks mouthwatering delicious and I am in love with those two plates. beautiful!

  15. Nusrat, your last paragraph put a tear in my eye. Your Grandma’s vitality may be crushed, but her loving legacy of sharing food lives on through you. You have “the knack” (as I call it) — it’s one of the most precious gifts you can inherit. Lovely lady, lovely post!

  16. one word…amazing. i just fell in love with your blog 🙂

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