Mughlai Chicken

Mughlai Chicken

156hungerlane_Mughlai Chicken


 In a recent office potluck, one of my colleagues had made ‘Mughlai Chicken’. It was really delicious and I was after her for the recipe for a long time. That is when she told me that she has used a very simple recipe that she found in a cookbook shared by her mom-in-law.  

It was a book called ‘The Art of Cooking’ compiled by the housewives of Kuwait. I was so fond of the recipe that I spent 45 mins in front of the printer, scanning each and every page of the book. So when my brother was in town recently, I had the perfect occasion and reason to cook Mughlai Chicken.

As I went through the book, I realized, all housewives are good at one thing – simplifying complicated recipes to simple solutiins that they can use in their daily family cooking 🙂 This was valid for each and every recipe, I found in this book.

You can’t find this book online unless you are in Kuwait. Hence, as I try different recipes from the book, I will continue to share them with you.

For now, enjoy this Mughlai Chicken with your family!

156hungerlane_chicken ingtredients


  1. Heat oil in a vessel and add bay leaf and broken cardamom.
  2. Add onion and stir fry till light brown
  3. Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté
  4. Add chicken pieces and stir fry on high flame till the water evaporates
  5. Mix yogurt with cashew paste, chilli powder, salt and garam masala.
  6. Add the curd mixture to the chicken, stir fry till the oil leaves the masala.
  7. Cover and cook till done
  8. Add cream and coriander leaves. Mix well and keep on low flame for a minute.
  9. Serve hot!

156hungerlane_kadhai chicken_recipe steps

Enjoy this quick recipe of curry in a hurry!



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Diwali Special Diya Mathri

It is winter, the festival of Diwali is around the corner and every house on every street is lit with colorful lights. This is also the time when we get a chance to be with our family, exchange gifts and indulge in all kinds of sweets and fried food 🙂

Thinking of fried food, one food item that is staple in almost all north Indian families is MATHRI. They are made in almost every Indian family and each Grandma can give you a variation to the innocent Mathri. You have Methi Mathri, Mithi Mathri, Masala Mathri, Lasan Mathri and so on. The list is endless.

We at 156 hungerlane don’t mean to change the traditional grandma recipe but have given it our twist to make your Diwali extra special. Treat your guests with our Diya Mathri. Not only do they look nice and are extremely delicious, they are also easy to make and can be made in advance and stored. So when uninvited guests pop up in your house to exchange Diwali greetings, you don’t have to frantically go to the closest shop to get some fast food items. Our Diya Mathris could be served in no time at all!

 Here are the ingredients for the recipe and all that you need to do:

Here is all you need to do!

Mix the flour, semolina, salt, cracked pepper and baking powder in a bowl. Add the ghee and rub between your palms until it takes the form of breadcrumbs. Add the curd with water and and form a pliable but firm dough using this liquid. Cover with the damp cloth and set aside for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into small balls and roll out all the balls. Roll out each ball until it is 2 mm thin. Now using a fork, make small holes to allow the air to escape while frying. cut this circle in half.

Now take one semi circle and seal the base. Pinch one end of the base togther with the other end to form the mouth of the diya. Lift the cone upside down and press in the centre to form the diya.

Fry the shaped diya mathris in a batch over moderate heat. Serve them with any chutney of your choice or Achar (Pickle). In my case, I served it with my mom-on-law’s onion garlic tomoato chutney with a spring of coriender playing the role of a green flame.

Happy Diwali Everyone!



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