Murgir jhol aloo diye| Bengali sunday special light chicken curry

Murgir jhol or aloo diye murgir jhol or Bengali sunday special light chicken curry is a quick and easy recipe of Bengal. Murgir jhol means a simple soup like healthy Bengali light chicken curry with potato which is a Sunday special nostalgia. Aloo diye murgi’r patla jhol still reminds me of those best Sunday afternoons when it served with gorom vat or piping hot rice. And the interesting part of this murgir jhol was the soft flavourful aloo which enhances its taste of this recipe three times more, right?

I can still remember when my mom cooked that special bengali lunch menu with murgir mangsho or pathar mangshor jhol. Though my dad doesn’t eat mutton so when he was at home this bengali style murgir jhol was common in our household. Even still today those delicious chicken or mutton er bengali jhol really make my day special.

In our childhood, we’ve seen being a bengali we used to eat fish on a daily basis and chicken or mutton curry was only prepared on Sundays. And when we have a demand to have chicken kasha instead of jhol, my mom served it at dinner with roti or paratha. 

Nowadays I prepare bengali chicken curries too on my son’s demand. My son mostly loves the chicken kosha or spicy chicken with a thick gravy among all bengali chicken dishes. But that also not on especially Sundays, as per his demand I’ve to cook his special bengali chicken recipes on any day.  

aloo diye bengali murgir jhol er recipe served with rice is popular in both bangla

Nobody from my family prefers to have a less spicy or less oily mangshor jhol. So basically Mom prepared aloo diye chicken er or murgir patla jhol by adding little jhal masala or spices even sometimes in the pressure cooker. This bengali spicy and soupy chicken curry is easy to make and our all-time favorite. Though you may add oil and chili as per your requirement to make a chicken er halka or non-spicy jhol which is healthy too. This healthy chicken curry is usually served for small kids and old people of our bengali family. This Indian aka bengali light chicken curry or chicken er halka jhol is best for any hot Sunday of summer.

On Sunday I’ve seen my mom be busy in the kitchen from the morning and we were attracted there when the wonderful aroma or mugrir mangsher jhol spread all over our house. My mom can quickly cook a wonderful recipe of murgir jhol with simple ingredients (easily available at home). I have never seen her using curd or doi instead she used lemon juice and tomato together to make the meat of chicken (or murgi) soft and tender. And this bengali style murgir jhol is also incomplete without mustard oil which lifts its aroma and taste with its pungency. 

As you all know as a bengali it’s our basic right to use aloo or potato in our chicken or mutton curries. So this aloo diye murgir mangshor jhol or potato added bengali chicken curry can not be the exception. Though as per my personal opinion taste-wise this jhol tastes best with desi murgi than the poultry murgi. Here desi murgi(country chicken) is not always available like Kolkata so broiler murgi’r mangsho is the only option for making this jhol er recipe. 

I first marinate the chicken then fry it in mustard oil till it separates oil and then adds hot water to make this easy recipe of jhol. If you don’t have enough time in your hand, you may cook it in the pressure cooker.

But it’s not a traditional recipe of bengali cuisine as initially chicken or murgi was not allowed to our bengali kitchen. Then chicken meat was banned to only Bengali Hindu community but potato added pathar mangsher jhol was common before the partition of Bengal too. Actually, during the British period, murgir mangsho or chicken meat was firstly accepted by a few bengali families who were not so orthodox. And then gradually the bengali hindu society accept it to have. Even I heard my grandma never allowed chicken in her kitchen and she rarely cooked mutton in her ranna ghor. 

“How to make murgir patla jhol in the pressure cooker?”

For making this simple and easy pressure cooker version, first, marinate the chicken as I did in this recipe. Then put the pressure cooker on medium flame, after frying the turmeric-salt coated potatoes, fry the onions and then tomato. Then use the same process to add the marinated chicken in the pressure cooker with aloo. Fry it till oil starts separating from the masalas. At that moment add hot or lukewarm water and let it boil. Add a little salt to it and cover its lid. Slow down the heat to its minimum and wait for one whistle. When the pressure automatically released then add garam masala powder. Then after cooking it for 1 more min on medium flame, turn off the heat. And your murgi or chicken er patla jhol will be ready in the pressure cooker.

How to make a quick recipe of this bengali chicken curry or jhol without marinating the chicken?

For making a quick recipe of this bengali chicken curry or jhol if you don’t marinate the chicken must use the pressure cooker. Otherwise, it’ll take a long time to cook in the pan. But if you want to cook this bengali chicken curry in a pan then you must use kochi murgi or small size chicken. Then either you first add all the masalas and lemon juice with chicken and cook it as described in my recipe or after frying onion and tomato, add all the masalas little saute then add the chicken and aloo to fry it till it starts separating oil. Then add the hot water and cook in the same way as I described in my pressure cooker method in the last paragraph.

This Sunday afternoon’s chicken er jhol is so special to every bong if it’s cooked by our mom so today I’m sharing my mom’s recipe. Try this bengali light chicken curry recipe at home and let me know your valuable feedback by writing your comment in the comment section below. 

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Murgir jhol recipe

Prep time: 25 mins

Cooking time: 1 hr

Served in: 1 hr 25 mins

Served for: 5-6 people

Course:  Main course or lunch

Cuisine: Bengali

Author: Moumita Paul

Ingredients of murgir jhol

  • 1 kg of chicken
  • 5-6 medium onion(finely sliced)
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 3 tsp garlic paste
  • 4 green chilies paste
  • 1 medium tomato(chopped)
  • 1 medium lemon juice
  • 8-9 potatoes(or 9-10 pieces)
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • garam masala powder(described below)
  • 8-9 tbsp Mustard oil
  • Salt(as required)

How to make murgir jhol – a bengali sunday special light chicken curry with potato


Preparation of murgir jhol

  • Clean and wash the chicken pieces then first marinate with 1 medium-sized lemon juice.
first start marinating chicken with lemon juice for making this jhol er recipe
  • Then add 1 tsp cumin powder, 3/4 coriander powder and 1 tsp turmeric powder to the chicken.
cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder are added to this chicken or murgir mangsho
  • Add 2 tsp ginger paste, 3 tsp garlic paste, 4 green chillies paste and 3/4 tsp red chilli powder. Mix it well with the chicken pieces.
after adding ginger-garlic-green chilli paste with red chilli powder with this chicken
  • Then add 2-3 tbsp mustard oil and 1 tsp salt to the chicken. Mix it and leave it for marination of 1hr.
after adding mustard oil lastly adding salt to this bengali chicken recipe
  • Wash and peel out the potatoes. And prick the potatoes with a fork from each side to cook it well and absorb the masalas in it(as I’ve used small potatoes, not the baby potatoes). 
after peeling the potatoes, pricking its each side with a fork
  • Then smear the potatoes with 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix it well.
potatoes with turmeric powder and salt

How to make murgir jhol

  • Put the pan in medium heat, add 5-6 tbsp mustard oil to the heated pan and let it get hot. Then add salt-turmeric coated potatoes to the oil.
turmeric and salt coated potato is added to the pan for frying and adding to the chicken er jhol
  • Fry the potatoes on low flame by covering the pan with a lid till it gets golden in colour. Remove it from the pan.
when the potatoes turn into golden colour remove it from the pan
  • Then first add 2 bay leaves and then add finely sliced onion to the pan. 
sliced onion is added to the heated oil in pan after adding the bay leaves in the oil
  • Add 1/2 tsp of sugar to quickly get a nice golden brown colour fried onion. Then add chopped tomatoes to it. Fry it nicely. Though you may add the pureed or chopped tomato while marinating the chicken.
after few minutes of adding sugar to the onion, chopped tomato is added to the pan
  • While the tomato pieces are almost cooked then add 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder to it. Stir it well.
kashmiri chilli powder is added to the pan to get a red colour rich chicken er jhol
  • Then add the marinated chicken to the pan and mix it with fried onion and tomato. 
after adding the marinated chicken to the pan for making this bengali mangshor jhol
  • After stirring well add the fried potatoes to it and mix it together. 
potato is added with the chicken in the pan for making this aloo diye murgir jhol recipe
  • Then add the salt with chicken and alu. After mixing it well, cover the pan with a lid. 
added salt to this murgir mangsho in the pan for making bengali light chicken curry with potato
  • After every 2-3 mins interval stir the chicken to avoid burning from the bottom. When the gravy is little dried up then add 3-4 slit green chillis and mix it well.
added slit green chillies to the aloo diye murgir mangsho or chicken
  • Then after 1-2 mins add hot water to the fried or kosha chicken and stir it well. Bring it to boil.
adding hot water to the chicken for making this bengali murgir jhol recipe
  • When the chicken er jhol will start boiling then add salt to it if requires. And then cover the pan and slow down its flame to its minimum.
adding salt to the boiling murgir mangsho er jhol
  • Let it cook till the potatoes and chicken are not cooked properly. Once it nicely cooked add gram masala powder(2 cardamoms, 3 cloves and 1/2 inch cinnamon stick) to it mix it well and turn off the heat.
when chicken and alu is properly cooked then after adding garam masala powder bong's favourite aloo diye chicken er jhol or murgir mangshor patla jhol is ready to eat with gorom vat or rice
  • Aloo diye murgir mangshor patla jhol or light chicken gravy is ready, serve it at home with piping hot rice and a wedge of lemon. It’ll surely make your Sunday afternoon.


  • Here I’ve used small potatoes, even you may use medium or big potatoes and cut into two or four pieces respectively.
  • You may add the tomato while marinating the chicken as my mom does.
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder is my addition though you may skip that part.
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2 thoughts on “Murgir jhol aloo diye| Bengali sunday special light chicken curry”

  1. Was looking for an authentic murghir jhol recipe, followed this exactly ( except reducing the green chillies in marinade – not fond of theeka ) and it was deee-licious. Just wonderful. And it was so certified by a bengali friend, too 🙂.Will be making again and again. Thank you!


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