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Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 5 comments

Murg Shahjahani

Murg Shahjahani

Couple of weeks ago,at the time of Easter I asked each one of my love,”What would they like to have for special Easter dinner?”.Abby immediately said “pasta” and her brother joined in.My hubby said,”The Indian dish that you made couple of days back”,I knew he asked for “Murg Shahjahani”.So i made each one of these dishes over that period of time.

Now the name,if i were to translate, it will be “Chicken in rich cashew cream gravy”.Chicken is called Murg/Murga in Hindi-Urdu.So what about “Shahjahani”?Here is a problem.I don’t know why the dish is labeled “Shahjahani”.However,i have a hypothesis.Take it or leave it.

Taj Mahal(Photo Credit:Pritha)

Taj Mahal(Photo Credit:Pritha)

Shah Jahan was a famous Mogul Emperor.Most of you know “Taj Mahal”.Well,Shah Jahan built this mausoleum in the memory of his beloved wife,Mumtaz,as a expression of love.

Now the dish.Do you know how expensive Cashews are here?I have found them equally expensive in India as well.So making a dish, rich with cream of cashew, is not something  family can afford.


Back in the time,these rich array of food were reserved for the “nawabs”{king in Urdu}.I think the generous use of cashew cream to make this luxuriously rich dish associates with the type of food “nawabs” ate.Shahjahan being one of the emperor with love story to go along with,someone just renamed the dish after him.

Now that you have read it,i do not know if any of it has any truth in naming the dish or not but i will stick with it for the lack of better theory that i know of 🙂


I hardly ever follow the recipe while i am cooking.However when i decided to make this dish,i wanted to stick with the recipe i found in Indian cookbook.This dish is very much loved by both of my kids and hubby.I served it with veggie pulao.I make it extra for leftover.Give it a try.

Murg  Shahjahani

Murg Shahjahani


  1. 2 lb boneless chicken thighs/breast cut in cubes
  2. 3-4 cloves of garlic
  3. 1 Teasoon grated ginger
  4. 2 medium onion chopped
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  6. Cayenne pepper to taste
  7. 1/3-1/2 cup of whole cashews
  8. 1/2 cup Yogurt
  9. Lukewarm water
  10. Cilantro leaves
  11. Seasoning
  12. 2 small bay leaves
  13. *1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  14. 2-3 small piece cinnamon bark
  15. 3-4 small green cardamoms
  16. 1 black cardamom
  17. 4-5 cloves
  18. In the end,
  19. 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  20. Garnish
  21. Chopped Cilantro leaves


  1. In a pan,add oil.Once hot,add seasonings as listed.
  2. Once seasonings starts splattering.Add onion.Saute it.
  3. Add turmeric,cayenne pepper.
  4. Meanwhile puree the cashew by adding enough water.It looks like thick cream.
  5. Add ginger,garlic and cashew cream to the onions.
  6. Add chicken pieces and cook it for about 15 mins.
  7. Add yogurt,lukewarm water as the desired gravy.
  8. Stir the heavy cream in the end.
  9. Garnish it with cilantro leaves.


Original recipe calls for "Shahi Jeera" .I didn't have it,so i used regular ones.Also it is topped with hard boiled eggs,cut in halves or quarters.I left that part.


  1. Great & thank you for the recipe !!

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