Opium Chicken

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    4-6

    • Difficulty

      Easy

    • Ready in

      1 hr 10

Appears in

Chilli & Mint: Indian Home Cooking from A British Kitchen

Chilli & Mint

By Torie True

Published 2021

  • About

Bengal was at the heart of opium cultivation and production during the 19th century, run by the East India company. It was not surprising that the use of poppy seeds found its way into the local cuisine, with aloo posto — potato and poppy seeds — becoming a delicacy that remains popular. The other much loved poppy seed dish is to combine posto — white poppy seed — with succulent chicken (murghi) and fresh green chillies. You create a paste that becomes a gravy that coats the chicken, to be