Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Chicken with Potatoes; Parsi style

Murghi Papayta

Simple, flavourful and the perfect family meal for any weeknight. This recipe has been one the most popular one-pot dish. A delight for many. 

Ad one pot chicken and potato dish, perfect for a family. 

Serves 4 to 8 persons


2 tbsp oil
8 pieces of skinless chicken
1 tsp fresh ginger paste
1 tsp fresh garlic paste
1 tsp red chillie powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp salt
3/4th cup crushed tomatoes
1 cup fried golden brown diced onions
2 whole cardamoms
1 stick of cinnamon
3 peeled potatoes into 12 pieces

2 slit green chillies
6 black peppercorns
6 cloves

In a pan heat the oil, add the chicken and lightly brown all over for 7 minutes. Add the spices, the onions, the tomatoes and a few tablespoons of water. Mix well. Now add the potatoes, cover the pot and let it cook for 30 minutes until all the chicken pieces are cooked through.

Cook uncovered if you want to dry the gravy on a high flame for a couple of minutes. If you want more gravy add a little water and bring to a boil for a few minutes to amalgamate.

Cut the pieces of potato in a size that will cook in 30 minutes. If it is too small it may disintegrate, too large may stay hard. General rule of thumb is 4 pieces to a potato.
The colour of the gravy depends on the onion, the darker the onion the deeper the colour. The smoothness and coarseness depends on the onion and tomato. Puree it accordingly.  Use a food processor if you prefer.

Read more about Parsi Food and its origin in my cookbook
The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine.

Photo credit William Reveall


Rashna Clubwalaposted toNiloufer Mavalvala
March 16 2014
Just made papayta ma murghi using your recipe!! Delicious!
Sarah Cooper Naqvi
February 16th 2015
Hey Niloufer - Tried your Cicken and Potatoes today

It was really good !

You should get your work published

June 25th 2015

Used your Papeta ma Chicken recipe yesterday and it turned out delicious and super fast! Thank you!

June 26th 2015

Made your parsi chicken tonight smile emoticon turned out great… instead of adding potatoes, made sweet potato wedges to go with it.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Gulrukh for taking the time and trouble to post a comment. It is truly appreciated.
      More Parsi recipes are available on my e-cookbook at or if you are in India
      The contents are papayta jhinga, papyta per edu, akuri, baked fish, kheemo, doodh pak, frenchbean and this chicken.
      I also have 6 more books with a variety of cuisines all available on Amazon under Niloufer's Kitchen.
      Warm regards,

  2. Making this now with the plan to eat tomorrow. Thank you! It smells amazing.

    1. Thank you R Kiash. I hope you will consider looking into my e-cookbook which contains more recipes that you may enjoy just as much.
      Niloufer's Kitchen : Quick and Easy.

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    1. Dear Anon, Yes Doodh Pak is on my list of things. It shall be here soon.
      Kind regards,

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