Goalondo Chicken Curry With Bella Chara Porota#EattheWorld

Goalondo Chicken Curry is also know as a steamer curry or boatmen style chicken curry is a very rustic curry. more like a stew made with fresh cut chicken pieces with skin and just basic spices. This chicken curry used to be made by the Muslim boatmen on river routes. Since, there were very limited resources to make the chicken curry in boat/steamer, this usually made with freshly chopped ingredients. I added boiled eggs to the curry as it is mostly added by them. I made this in a traditional way using mustard oil and the curry tasted so good, that you won't get that smell of the oil while enjoying this curry. Do use mustard oil in this curry as it also gives a nutty flavor to the curry.  Do not add any water while cooking the chicken. We had this with Bella Chara Porota, a fantastic combo. 
The name Golando is got from 'Goalundo Ghat'. I believe in earlier years "If one went from Calcutta to Dacca the rail journey is broken at Goalundo  and from there people continued their journey by steamer, hence, the name of this rustic chicken curry. You will love the flavor and taste of this curry.
500 gm Chicken, Cut into Medium Sized Pieces
Grind to paste
3 Medium Onions - chopped 
2"  Piece Ginger - chopped 
10 Cloves  Garlic -  chopped 
5-6 Chopped Fresh Green or Red Chilies or according to taste
Other Ingredients
3/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Curry Spoon Mustard Oil
Salt to taste
3 Quarter Boiled Eggs
1" Piece Ginger - cut into juliennes
2 Green Chillies - slit  

Clean and wash the chicken nicely, drain water completely and  pat dry it with a kitchen towel.
In a bowl, combine chicken, ginger, garlic, onion and turmeric powder. Mix well. Set it aside for at least an hour.
In a another pan heat the mustard oil   very well still it starts to release fumes/smoking hot ( this process will eliminate the smell of the oil) switch of the flame and let it cool for 2 -3  minutes.  Now add the marinated chicken and stir over medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste, give it a stir, cover, with a lid that you can add water on top, so that the chicken is cooked in its, own steam.  Cook for about 25 - 30 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally, till the chicken is tender. Stir occasionally,  when the chicken is cooked, add the eggs,  ginger juliennes, slit green chillies,  give it a quick stir. Keep it on low flame for another  4 to 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
Serve Goalondo chicken curry with Bella Chara Porota or steamed rice.
Bella Chara Porota 
A Bella Chara Porota is called Bella Chara since it's made without using a Belan /rolling pin. This process of making a porota is more like a pancake method only difference is that it puffs up like a porota. A particular technique is used to make this porota puff up. This porota is soft and  puffy, made from all purpose flour.  I, watched so many videos on you tube all their porota's puffed but mine, only one puffed a little.  Nevertheless these tasted good with the curry and they were more like pancakes.   They are good to enjoy for  breakfast or with non veg gravy. 
Makes 6 -7 Porota's depending on the size
1½ Cups Of All Purpose Flour
½ Tsp Salt or to taste
2 Tbsp of Oil
¾  -  1 Cup Water
½ Cup Milk 
Mix the oil, salt and flour well till it forms bread crumbs then add the water, milk and whisk well to make a thin flowing lump free batter, cover it and keep aside for 5 to 10 minutes .
In the meantime
Heat a non stick pan on medium low heat till it is hot, brush a little oil on the pan and wipe it clean with a tissue. 
Pour a ladle full  of batter on to the pan
let it cook till bubbles appear on top 
flip it and let it cook for 2 minutes, 
then spread oil on  all  sides
let is cook on medium high flame by pressing the sides with a spatula on all sides and keep turning,
flipping till nice golden brown spots  and it start to puff.  After every porota, wipe the pan clean with a kitchen towel so that the  pan is clean of any traces of oil, then only add a fresh batch of batter. 
Bella Chara Porota's are ready!!
Enjoy with this Bangladeshi Goalondo Chicken Curry.
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  1. This looks so hearty and delicious! Love the suggestions!

  2. That chicken sounds amazing steamed with it's own juices in that onion mix!

  3. These look delicious. I can't wait to try it.

  4. I love the history you give for this dish - it makes it come alive. Looks so tasty.