Rock Salt Garlic Chicken


Recipe and Narration By Purna Chowdhury

Rock Salt Garlic Chicken (বীট নুন রসুন দিয়ে মুর্গির ঝোল)

My latest ‘fad’ is rustic cuisine that had started a couple of years back with my discovery of Boatmen’s cuisine in Bengal and Assam. I love the Spartan audacity. My other fascination is using rock salt in cooking. They came together in this recipe without-a-name I hijacked from a friend, who is a gourmet and a culinary philanderer. The recipe happened as a casual conversation on ‘What’s for dinner?’ and he got going. He is much traveled too and has tasted tribal and regional cuisine from most parts of India. He does not sell his recipe. He says: “Just try it”. And I did.



Rock Salt Garlic Chicken

Rock Salt Garlic Chicken


  • 1 farm/Desi/ free run chicken, smallish.
  • For marinade
  • red chili powder
  • rock salt
  • cumin
  • onion (chopped)
  • coarse garlic paste (roughly 1 tsp for one small chicken)
  • Mustard oil


  • Marinade the chicken in spices for an hour.
  • Heat mustard oil in your pan and dunk the chicken pieces; sauté briefly and immediately turn down the stove. Add a few cloves of garlic ( I did 6-7) Let the chicken simmer, slowly, gently to release its own juice and the whole cloves of garlic with it till it is cooked. That is it.