Looks can be deceiving. This quote is the ultimate truth when it comes to Lebu Lonka Murgi. One can easily get fooled by its dull look until he/she tastes it. Gondhoraj lime and the lemon leaves are the key ingredients here. The flavourful taste of this dish is unmatchable in comparison to other chicken curries I usually cook. The subtle aroma of lemon leaves imparts a beautiful, refreshing character to this chicken preparation which breaks the monotony. I serve this with Peas Pulao or Bengali fried rice mostly, Roti also goes well with it. If you’ve not tasted Lebu Lonka Murgi before, do try it now, you’d love it for sure. 🙂
Lebu Lonka Murgi/Chicken with Gondhoraj lime and Chillies
- Chicken- 500g (medium-sized pieces with bone)
- Yogurt- 200g
- Onion paste of 1 large onion
- Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
- Green chilli paste- 1 tsp (adjust as per your tolerance)
- Lemon leaves- 5-6
- Lemon juice from Gondhoraj lime- 1 tbsp (read note)
- Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- Sugar- 1 tsp
- Vegetable oil- ¼ cup
- Green cardamoms- 5 (discard the pods and make a powder of the seeds by using your mortar pestle)
- Bay leaves- 2
Add the onion paste into a fine mesh tea strainer, keep a bowl underneath, now with the back of a teaspoon press the onion paste to collect the juice of it in the bowl. Don’t discard the onion paste residue, keep aside.
Marinate the freshly washed chicken pieces with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, onion juice, lemon juice, coriander powder, green chilli paste and ½ tsp of salt, keep aside for 1 hour.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan/kadai, temper with bay leaves. Add onion pate residue, sauté on medium heat for a few seconds; next to add the marinated chicken along with the marination. Mix well, cover and cook on medium heat, stir in between. When the chicken is half cooked add lemon leaves, salt and ½ cup of hot water. Mix well, cover and cook until done. Add sugar and cardamom powder at the end, mix and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Remove from the heat.
Serve hot with Pulao.
If Gondhoraj lime is not available, you can use regular lemon juice to marinate the chicken.