Friday, 21 August 2015

GOALONDO STEAMER CHICKEN..... BOATMEN STYLE



Goalondo.... a small station at the confluence of the Padma and Brahmaputra, of undivided Bengal in the pre-Independent India from where the Eastern Bengal Express from Sealdah terminated. The Goalondo steamer then travelled upto Narayangunj in Dacca, thereafter to different destinations. The story and recipe is about the boatmen of the steamer who cooked the country chicken curry in the most rustic way, yet it tasted so well that it became a legend sort of, made alive by writers of both sides of Bengal, various journals and articles. It became as famous as other historical dishes like the Dak Bungalow Chicken Curry or the Railway Mutton Curry.

It was a simple, rustic curry prepared with few basic spices by the boatmen of Goalondo steamer. Those who have travelled the route had spoken so highly about it that it came down to us through generations and inspired us to recreate it in our kitchen. With no souring agent used to marinate or use of garam masala, it tasted heavenly, they say. Why? no one knows.
Information Source: A Times of India Article by Pritha Sen
Recipe Source : Quite a few blog recipes/journals
Let us see how they did it as the sources say.

INGREDIENTS :
Chicken : 1kg
Onion : 2
Garlic : 10-15cloves
Ginger : 2inch
Dry Red Chilli : 6-8
Mustard Oil : 5tbsp + 1tbsp
Salt : As required
Turmeric : 1tsp

METHOD :
Wash the chicken pieces thoroughly.

Soak the dry red chillies in hot water for 1hour and grind into a paste.

Peel and wash the onion, garlic and ginger.

Roughly chop the onion, garlic and ginger.

Marinate the chicken with 1tbsp of oil and all other ingredients.

Heat the rest of the oil in a wok.

Put in the marinated chicken.

Cover cook at low heat stirring occasionally till the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Water will release from the chicken itself, no need to add water.




15 comments :

  1. This is truly an iconic dish. Pritha di is quite an encyclopedia on Bengali cuisine and it was wonderful to go through the story of the Goalondo Steamer Curry again. The dish looks scrumptious. Perfect texture, lovely colour, falling off the bone succulent chicken pieces, truly a lip smacking affair. Finding it just irresistible.

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  2. This is truly an iconic dish. Pritha di is quite an encyclopedia on Bengali cuisine and it was wonderful to go through the story of the Goalondo Steamer Curry again. The dish looks scrumptious. Perfect texture, lovely colour, falling off the bone succulent chicken pieces, truly a lip smacking affair. Finding it just irresistible.

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  3. looks really interesting Soma, but how can I get mustard oil ?

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    1. Farida you are back to your own country right?Can you look in any Asian store...authentically mustard oil is used but we can always make some changes

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  4. This is a delicious dish I love it Saha Ray, I might make it soon x

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    1. Sally thank you....u will love doing it...its so hassle free

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  5. Piyali always encouraged with your words...You know pritha sen...where to get more of her writings...thanks so much dear

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  6. Wow! This looks so delicious and intriguing! :)

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    1. Anupama n her lovely praises keeps my spirits up....thank you....

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  7. In Kerala too we have something called "Boatman fish curry", Its easy to make and its very tasty,, but very very spicy :)

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    1. ok I have to try then this fish curry... I like spicy food.

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  8. Simple yet delicious recipe for a weeknight dinner! LOVE it soooo so much

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    1. Thanks a big bunch Anitha.... very simple to do

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  9. গোয়ালন্দ স্টিমারের ইলিশ মাছের ঝোল এবং মুরগির মাংসের পাতলা ঝোলের গল্প ছোট বেলায় বাবার মুখে শুনতাম........কতদিন প.....র......

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    1. sotti tai... article ta porteo amar khub bhalo legeche...

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