Murgh Musallam

Rich and creamy, Murgh Musallam, is a party fare that should be relished with family and friends. On Sunday, I cooked this special chicken dish along with phulkas and vegetable salad for a potluck. Everyone enjoyed the rich curry and wanted more helpings. No left overs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Murg Musallam

This recipe calls for some preparation work and you need to have some time on hand to prepare it. I wouldn’t advice any short cut method. Follow the recipe to the T and you have a truly Awadhi style chicken curry to relish. The next time you have a party at home, try this chicken dish with phulkas or any flavored rice and its sure to be a hit.

Murg Musallam Recipe

Recipe source: My recipe files

Prep: 30 mts, Cooking Time: 25-30 mts

Serves 5-6 persons

Cuisine: Mughalai



1 kg chicken, washed and cut into medium sized pieces

2 large onions, sliced

4 garlic cloves, sliced

2 large tomatoes, pureed

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

fresh coriander leaves for garnish

salt to taste

10 almonds, soak in warm water, remove skin and make paste

2 1/2 tbsps oil

Dry roast on low flame for 3 mts:

1/2 tsp pepper corns

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 1/2 tsps coriander seeds

1″ cinnamon

4 cloves

2 elaichi/cardamom

For Marinade:

1 1/4 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp green chilli paste

3/4 cup curd/yogurt

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 Marinate chicken with the ingredients called for ‘marinade’ for 1/2 hr. Meanwhile make other preparations.
2 Heat a tbsp of oil in a vessel, add garlic and sliced onions and saute for 6-7 mts till they turn brown. Remove and keep aside. Once cool, make a fine paste of the sauteed onions, garlic and dry roasted ingredients, by adding a little water (approx 4-5 tbsps). Keep aside.
3 Heat a tbsp of oil in the same cooking vessel, add the chicken pieces (keep aside the marinade) and roast them for 6-7 mts till they are lightly browned. Remove and keep aside.
4 In the same vessel, drizzle some oil, add the ground paste and saute for 3 mts. Add salt and red chilli pwd and combine. Add the tomato puree and cook for 4 mts.
5 Add the chicken pieces, marinade, almond paste and 1/2 cup water and combine well. Cook on low to medium flame till the chicken turns soft with a thick gravy.
6 Turn off heat and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with white rice, biryani or rotis.

Chicken Musallam

Murgh Musallam

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 6

 Main Ingredients:

  •  chicken
  •   yogurt
  •   onions
  •   almonds


Rich and creamy, Murgh Musallam, is a party fare that should be relished with family and friends. On Sunday, I cooked this special chicken dish along with phulkas and vegetable salad for a potluck. Everyone enjoyed the rich curry and wanted more helpings.
  • rani

    hi sailu….how come so soon !!! ur back again! it is really a treat for us. sailu…really ur amazing! i wish u post new recipes atleast every alternate day. i am sorry if i expect so much from u but what to do sailu???? i am very much addicted to ur website. i should say that ur website is like heaven. u cover so much information abt good food and health. everybody can use ur site like a cooking guide. And thank u so much for today’s recipe sailu. it really takes time for preparation but it is worth it too. sailu…can we follow same procedure using mutton? By the way sailu…why are you not posting any recipes in kidszone? ok then bye and all the best!!

    Happy to learn you enjoy the blog very much, Rani. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes, you can follow the same procedure using mutton. Will update KZ this week.

  • pr117

    Hi Sailugaru,
    What a yummy recipe? Thank you. If we eat this on sunday we must follow with ur monday (yesterday’s raw food day diet) diet because we end up overeating on sunday.

  • Sayantani

    thats a beautiful recipe…love the clicks.

  • Soma

    Finger licking good !

  • Priti

    What a lovely recipe. Thanks for another delight Sailu. Do you make Chicken 65 anytime? Just waiting for it?

    Yes, Priti, I do prepare Chicken 65. Will blog the next time I prepare it.

  • shaikhmohammed

    hello sailu jee, well done and you have crafted a very exotic and yet simple version of murgh mussallam. otherwise i was expecting authentic “mussallam” as name suggested – stuffed one. any way this version of mussallam is also quiet praiseworthy. thanks.

  • Minu

    Hi Sailu, I am a regular visitor. I visit your blog every weekday without fail. You do fantastic work and I really like your blogs, they are very positive. Recipes ofcourse are without doubt one of the best.

    Quick question : would replacing chicken with potatoes work ? I am a vegetarian, and the recipe seems very good, so, want to give it a try.

    • Sailu

      Yes, will work with vegetables too, Minu. Do leave your feedback if you try.

  • AshaLatha R.K.Prasad

    Hey, that is an awesome pic well presented…… Very creamy rich prep… I would love to have a bite with roti or plain parata….


  • sumi

    great recipe Sailu, Worth all the effort it takes.

  • Maya

    Hi Sailu – I tried this out and the curry was yummy. Today I got back home – felt like having something warm and soupy after coming in from all the snow and ice we are having. So I took some cooked rice, some of the left over chicken musallam – added lots of water, some additional salt and let it all simmer for a few minutes. The result was a delicious rice/chicken soup. The chicken was spicy enough for me – but I guess I could have added some hot sauce if it wasn’t.

  • Seema

    Hi Sailu..

    Nice blog and gr8 recipe. I would like to try it..Can you please suggest me any vegetable dish which would go along with this chicken curry for a party dinner.

    Thank you, Seema. You can try Gutti vankaya kura.

  • Maninas

    I love all your curries and I can’t wait to try this one!

  • Sushma

    Hello Sailu gaaru,

    your recipes are simply awesome !! my husband n myself are biigg fans of your recipes. nenu vizag ninchi…and its good to know you r from the same place. I have tried this recipe last night and it was just excellent! I basically dont cook non veg at home..but your recipes are simple yet sooo delicious that i just cant stop myself from trying them out..

    Keep posting some great recipes, am gonna try all of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mousumi

    Hi Sailu,

    I liked the recipe. Its awesome and i’m sure toooo yummy…. Today is Saturday. I’m having ample time ……so no delay…..I’ll try it today only and make my husband speechless.


  • shaikhmohammed

    sailujee, will you please help me to find out some authentic and popular dosa recipes. thanks

  • Tara

    Hi Sailu,

    I second the request for chicken 65 :). Simply cannot wait! Its my daughter’s birthday this friday and my entire party menu (adults party) comprises of your dishes ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks to you, I bet dinner will be delicious.

    Hope you have a great party, Tara. My best wishes to the birthday girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sangeetha

    Hi Sailu,

    I follow your blog religiously. I tried the murgh musallam recipe.. it turned out very nice. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I am not a non-veg person, but I am married in the family who enjoys non-veg food every weekend. Your blog is one of the place where I find recipes that tastes very nice.

  • uma

    I tried this recipe and it got rave reviews from my family. Thank you.

  • sarita

    Hi Sailu,

    Thank you for the recipes and the time you take to blog them. I really need some advise. I tried out this recipe with 700 gm boneless chicken.

    It turned out bland. I followed the recipe as given. Except I used 15 almonds instead of the 10 you have mentioned. Also when I roasted the marinated chicken there was lots of liquid in the pan. I think it is due to the chicken pieces cut small and not suitable for roasting/frying. Was the quantity of chicken I used too much?

    Whenever I cook any chicken dish it does not come out well. Is it because I use boneless chicken? My family does not like the whole chicken as it contains bones. Your comments/advise will be really appreciated.

    Sorry for the delay in my reply, Sarita. You have to use chicken with bones for this recipe and boneless chicken will just not work. Do try this with bones the next time you try it and your family will enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚ And try to follow the recipe closely.

  • meeso

    That looks delicious!

  • swetha

    tried this recipe. i am not a good cook. I did not get the color for this curry at all.. It was tasty. shall definitely try my luck once more and then tell u guys.. Sailu your presentation is awesome.

  • Shailaja

    Hi Sailaja,
    I tried this out last night. It turned out mouth wateringly delicious!! This will be a regular chicken recipe in my kitchen from now on. Thanks a ton for the post. Wonder how creative a person can get!!


  • sarita

    Hi Sailu

    thanks for replying to my query of 16/1/10. On friday I bought whole chicken. Saturday I cooked it for lunch. It was a winner. I will try out all your chicken recipes with whole chicken now and not boneless. Since I work full time I marinated it overnight and not half an hour like the recipe say. I do not find enough time to do the marination before cooking.

    Thanks for your time.

  • deepa

    can i use US measurements for this recipe, for roasting and marinade.

    Yes, but use dessert spoon not US tablespoon.

  • Memoria

    I’ve been wanting to make an elaborate Indian dish. I’m bookmarking this one!

  • David

    I tried this dish yesterday it was just amazing.

  • Adhiya

    Sailu garu,
    This is a killer recipe. My family loved it. I had to add more chili powder as my family likes it hot. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Ruth

    Sailu – first of all, let me say how much I enjoy your very interesting and informative recipe blog

    I tried out the Murgh Musallam over the weekend and while it was definitely very tasty, it sadly did not have the lovely orange color – it was more beige!

    Can you please advise what could be the difference – I followed your recipe to the T!

    • Sailu

      Kashmiri red chilli pwd and red tomatoes gives the chicken curry its color. Glad it turned out well in spite of lacking the desired color. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sai

    Hi Sailu, this is an awesome recipie, great looking and even more greater tasting recipie, we love trying out your recipies and everytime they never failed to hit the spot. My wife and I abosolutely loved this dish.

    Thank you, for all the ricipies…

  • Harini Santosh

    Hi Sailu,

    I am great fan of your cooking…. I tried Murg Mussallam yest and it was out of this world… lip smacking good… Great Job… Keep going…

  • subhadra

    today i cooked this chicken recepie along with rasam.both of them tasted well.ur website helps me a lot. It helped me in loosing all the fear i have towards cooking as a whole family is big fan of ur website

  • rashida

    hi sailu
    today i tried ur chicken recipe,when i added the curd marinade it got curdled i used the whole milk yogurt please can u reply.ur recipes r really good.

  • Priya

    You have a wonderful blog.I absolutely love ALL your recipes…This one is my favorite…
    I would love to see your pic! I wonder who the “Annapurna” is behind all these amazing recipes.
    God Bless you!
    Sincere Wishes,

  • Rajani

    hi Sailu,

    Must say this… Ur recipes are amazing & mouth watering. I follow your blog religiously. M naive and your site is a guide to me wic i follow blindly. Keep it goin.

    I tried this last evening and it turned out so so good. It did miss the color but the taste made up for it!!


  • manjiri

    I tried the recipe today…it came out really well but didnt get the same color as yours.what do u think i should do to get the same color as yours?

  • keerat

    I have been trying your recipes for a while now…………… must say they come out pretty good. The best compliment i got was when my husband was praising my food to his mom ( MIL is a great cook and hubby is a foodie). Just a request… can you post a recipe for lal maas , its an authentic rajasthani dish. hubby dearest wants to try that but i am not able to find the recipe.
    keep up with the delicious cooking.

  • Jey

    Hi Sailu,

    I want to try this recipe today. But have a small query.
    since no one had this query i think i have some issue in understanding.

    In step3, u have said

    Heat a tbsp of oil in the same cooking vessel, add the chicken pieces (keep aside the marinade) and roast them for 6-7 mts till they are lightly browned. By “(keep aside the marinade)” do u mean that we are not supposed to use the marinated one??Are we marinating few and not marinating some chicken??

    And again in Step 5, we are adding the marinated chicken?

    Sorry i am bit confused

    • Sailu

      Usually when we marinate chicken, there will be some watery gravy. You have to use the chicken pieces (for lightly browning) draining away the marinade. Keep aside the marinade for later use. Hope I have been able to clear your doubt.

      • Jey

        Thank you so much..

        • Jey

          I made this last week and i was very gud..
          I cant forget the taste of capsicum chicken, it was just AWESOME!

  • Swarna

    Hi Sailu,

    This is my first Recipe i tried from your site ..

    ” My Family just loved ” It really yummy


  • seema

    Hey , thanks a lot for posting this recipe . i tried this yesterday and it was yummy.

  • hafsa

    whats meant by poppy seeds? i am big fan of u. i do visit ur website very often, each and every recipe u posted has a mouth watering and scrumptious taste..

    • Sailu

      Poppy Seeds are Khus Khus (Hindi)

  • navya vemuri

    arranged a small friendship day get together with friends at home. tried this out with egg biryani…n we all loved it ! thanks sailu !

  • Mrs. Sheikh

    Dear Sailu

    Gonna try out this recipe today! I love the way you have incorporated the little but important details like preparation and cooking time, and serving size – not something you always find on a food blog. It’s a great help when trying to decide what recipe to settle on.. so thank you and good job!

    Mrs. Sheikh

  • Namrata

    Hey Sailu,
    I am pure vegetarian , but i tried a non vegeterian recipes from your site for my family for the first time.
    And for my surprise every one loved it! I am now fan of you! Thank you so much!

  • Sireenekkanti

    nice recipe loved the curry

  • Sireenekkanti

    nice recipe loved the curry

  • alina

    thanks for posting the recipe

  • Telugammayi87

    This was good, but made me realize how much more I prefer South Indian cuisine and style of cooking!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Preety

    Awesome recipie ,a bit time consuming but worth the time. ….Have made it twice now and will be making again for a party.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  • moon

    Is this recipe for one whole chicken?

  • Archana

    Made this today n we liked it. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will surely make this again.

  • alex

    pls help with the almond prep – do we have to roast it separately or with oil (2.5 tsp)

  • Tara

    I tried this, it was yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sandeep

    Tried this recipe and unfortunately it didn’t come out good….will not try it again….All other dishes I tried from sailusfood always came out great….thanks for the great website..

  • savita

    made this today turned out finger licking good thanks for being selfless n sharing god bless U