April 19, 2012

Murgi-o-begun, a guest recipe by Arijit Sen

Arijit is a dear friend of ours who is working as a journalist in North East India. If you live in India, you've probably seen him and his reports on CNN-IBN. Just a couple of days ago, Arijit was getting out of work when he texted saying he was going to try making murgi-o-begun.

I didn't have a recipe for him but had some ideas.
Me: hote pare

ittu tak diye (The recipe will need some sourness)
 Arijit: achcha...
 Me: tamarind nale lebu
  and maybe soy sauce (Either tamarind or lemon and soy sauce)
 Arijit: lebu ache
  soya sauce ache
 And we continued in this vein for sometime and off Arijit went and created his magic. He said that the curry came out great and instantly I knew that this would be a great recipe. So I pestered him till he gave the recipe and some pictures for ahaar. :) Thanks Arijit!

Here is how he made murgi-o-begun.

(Arijit said that his measurements are approximate as he eyeballed most of his ingredients)

1 medium eggplant - cut in 1" round discs
1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts
1 medium onion - chopped
1 green bell pepper - chopped
1 tbspoon -sweet chilli garlic sauce
1 tbspoon lemon juice
1 tbspoon soya  sauce
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 tspoon sugar
dry red chilli ( I prefer it hot, so I added about 7 so adjust according to taste)
1 1/2 tspoon fresh grated garlic
handful chopped fresh coriander
1 cup water
4-5 tbspoon oil
Salt to taste

 Rub the eggplant with little bit turmeric and salt and then shallow fry the eggplant. Keep it aside. 
In a saucepan, heat oil and then add the garlic and onions, Saute for a couple of minutes, then add the dry red chillies. Then add the bell peppers and saute for another couple of minutes. 
Then add the sweet chilli garlic sauce, lemon juice and soy sauce and cook for a minute on low heat. Then add water and let it cook for another minute. Then add the eggplant, salt and the sugar and let it cook on low medium heat. 

In the meantime, in another pan, add the rest of the oil and shallow fry the chicken breasts till they start turning brown. Be VERY careful so that it does not become rubbery. 

Then add the chicken in the gravy and let it cook for another 12-18 minutes till the chicken is cooked. 
Serve hot with rice, roti or even bread. Enjoy!


  1. Besh bhalo dekhte lagche. Chicken and begun besh unusual combination, must be good! Tobe unfortunately ami try korte parbo na. Both Me and Husband alergic to begun. Amar to gola chulkai and mouth region ta phule jai. Without makeup, Hanuman er role er jonno ekdom perfect dekhte lage!

  2. Interesting and looks yum ....

  3. Definitely a novel combo. I am thinking with keema ? My sis-in-law taught me one with begun and chingri bata and now she says she makes bandhakopi with mangsho !!!

  4. Interesting combo,never thought of this,..looks delicious,..

  5. Never combined both chicken and eggplant,super delicious and fingerlicking curry..

  6. Begun chingri , begun bori , begun doi and now begun chicken!..I mean look how versatile begun is..even a simple deep fried one with porota is delicious..thanks to both of you for introducing a further new aspect in eggplant/aubergine/brinjal/begun cooking :-)..tobe eyita ki ekto tok/mishti/jhal type hoyechilo?..hugs and smiles

  7. Sweet chilli garlic sauce, soy sauce ... just my kind ... tok jhaal mishti. Too good Mandira & Arijit. :-)
    Chicken chara o banate parbo am sure.

  8. overwhelmed! courtesy, begun o murgi..:)

  9. Overwhelmed! never underestimate an eggplant! ( re: the unimaginable power of begun o murgi even in the blogsphere) :) if it turns out to be bad then it wasn't my idea ;) if it is good, then of course it was me all the way leading the food revolution..:)Arijit

  10. Sounds very unique to me...never thought of mixing up eggplant and chicken....looks yum....

  11. Thanks everyone! Really the credit goes to Arijit for trying and sending in the recipe.
    @PeeGee - Aswin encountered a food allergy issue not too long ago, so I am extra sensitive to it.
    @BongMom, Jaya - ei shab combination gulo darun. Baba recently made alu aar potol diye chingri aaar ota amar favorite.
    @Sharmila - Niramish naale paneer diye o banano jaye...

  12. How are doing, Mandira. Its been a while since I dropped by your blog. :) Eggplant and chicken, sounds good to me. :)

    1. Thanks Sailu. It's been a while. Hope you're doing well too!


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