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15 November, 2012

Nawabi Murgh- Bhai Phonta/Bhai Dooj In Nawabi Style

15 November, 2012

Nawabi Murgh- Bhai Phonta/Bhai Dooj In Nawabi Style

Bhai phonta is a sacred occasion in Bengali traditions and customs. On this day, all sisters give a phonta or "tika" on their brother's forehead with "chandan" or sandalwood paste. The brother spends the whole day with his sister and also gives her gifts. The sister prays to God for her brother's immortality.The famous saying is also chanted- 
"Bhaiyer kopale dilam phonta,
Jamer duyare porlo kanta,
Jamuna daye jomke phonta,
Ami di amar bhaike phonta,
Bhai jeno hoy lohar vata." 
I personally don't have a brother, but to those girls who are lucky to have a brother make this and make your brothers happy! I'll also post luchi and alur dom- so keep reading! (And don't forget to comment or subscribe! Njoy!)

Nawabi Murgh- Bhai Phonta/Bhai Dooj In Nawabi Style


  • Chicken - 600 gms
  • Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Cashew paste - 2 tbsp
  • Poppy seed paste- 1/2 tsp.
  • Bay leaf- 2-3 
  • Garam masala (/Whole) -1 tsp.
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Onion - 1
  • Rose water - 1/2 tsp
  • Yoghurt - 3 tbsp
  • Green chilli paste- 1tsp
  • Saffron 
  • Fresh cream - 2 tbsp
  • Salt and sugar to taste.


1. Heat oil in a non stick pan and add bay leaves and whole garam masala and saute.
2. Next add chopped onion, ginger garlic paste, green chilli paste and stir well. Once mixed well, add the chicken pieces . 
3. Once everything is mixed nicely, add the coconut milk, cashew paste, poppy seed paste, water and saffron. Cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Once boiled remove from heat. Serve hot.                     

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