Chicken Daak Bungalow
Chicken Dak Bungalow has its roots in the British era. During the British raj in India, Dak Bungalows were built as rest houses and used for providing lodging facilities to Government officials and sometimes for other travellers. During their stay in the bungalow khansamah (steward) used to prepare meals with the local fresh produce in country style cooking. A standard meal would include steamed rice, dal, green salad, vegetable curry or a stir fry of veggies, Chicken or Mutton Curry and a dessert. The addition of eggs and the usage of whole spices was the speciality in a Dak Bungalow Chicken/Mutton Curry. Nowadays we don’t use whole spices for regular cooking, grinding the spices with a little bit of water and using that spice paste instantly for cooking was a thumb rule in old style Bengali cooking. Spices like cumin, coriander and red chillies always used in the past after making the spice paste. This Chicken Curry has many versions as it’s a popular and old recipe, I’m sharing mine here. It’s a simple and hearty Chicken Curry which goes well with steamed rice but one can have this with Rotis too.