Chicken Curry | Slurrp Presents 101 Most Common Recipes of India

Most Indian households' staple food has been chicken curry. It is one of the easiest and most tasty recipes in history. Food historians say that the simple chicken curry was made by boatmen while ferrying people across the Padma river. Besides, the popular "Goalondo" chicken curry originated during the colonial changes to the subcontinent’s transportation system. The chicken curry carries cultural influences from undivided Bengal.

A small station named Goalondo was located at the convergence of the rivers Padma and Brahmaputra. People used the ferry through the station to travel to Burma, Assam, and parts of East Bengal and current Bangladesh. The chicken curry was then cooked by Muslim boatmen for the passengers, and since then, the dish has gained popularity.

Another interesting fact is that this chicken curry was the favourite dish of the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Besides, before colonial rule, Indians used sheep and goat meat to make curry. However, the British used jackrabbits. They used stuffed peacocks for Christmas. Thus, for the British palate, chicken meat was comparable to rabbit. Britishers then started making chicken stew, which also gave the foundation for chicken curry.