Parsi Murghi na Farcha

Indian Spiced Fried Chicken


Visiting Parsi family & friends when we were younger was always a treat and not just because they are so friendly and welcoming but the food was hearty, delicious and the flavours were just so unique that it encompassed the perfect meal you’d ever wish for. Every dish in the Parsee repertoire is unique and has its own individual flavours. Some of my favourite parsi dishes are; Salli Boti a meat based dish that cooked in spices and topped with slivers of fried crispy potato, also the quintessential Dhansak a lentil & meat based dish cooked with vegetables and served with a brown dhansak rice, it’s absolutely delicious and a must try if you ever visit a parsi home or a local restaurant.

One of the recipes I stumbled upon in my grandmother’s book was Murghi na Farcha which is essentially Fried Chicken but cooked in a Parsi style. Having eaten this dish on numerous occasions I couldn’t really contain my excitement and had to test the recipe. Like a little girl keen for the end result I was yearning to get stuck in and try out what I had made. This dish is usually cooked during weddings; special occasions in the family & community when they want to showcase the best their food has to offer and celebrate each dish.

Needless to say the recipe has been such a hit I have cooked it over & over again. But more than anything have been keen to blog about it so I can share it out there; for the rest of you to try. I served it with a gorgeous potato raita tossed in spices & chillies. Almost like any Indian raita where most vegetables compliment plain yoghurt, I make this raita with not just potato but even chick peas or spinach. Also to accompany the chilli factor I made a coconut & mint chutney which was perfect with the chicken. Zingy, fresh and spicy.

For anyone who’s a lover of Fried Chicken (like me) I promise you this version is one that you will keep coming back to all the time.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Add all the ingredients together for the paste in a blender and blitz to a fine puree. Tip the past in a bowl along with the vinegar, salt and plain flour to form a thick paste. Add a few slits to the chicken pieces and mix in with the marinade. Set aside for a couple of hours or overnight


  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Break the eggs in a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Dip the chicken in the egg mix and add the chicken pieces a few at a time to the hot oil, fry until golden brown all over. Drain on kitchen paper. Place on a baking sheet and cook until done4.Chicken-Farcha-3

  • Dinie

    This sounds great! Marinating the meat in a paste is a great idea! I usually just use a dry rub… I might try this..

  • rebecca hill

    iv tryed this recipe and I must say fabulous the children love this I used chicken wings just because this is what I had in. thankyou for this recipe Maunika.

    • Maunika Gowardhan

      Yay! Such a brilliant idea to use chicken wings too!

  • Kathy Parkinson

    How long does this go in the oven for? I am only doing 2 thighs for me as a taster, so going to use a sprinkle of everything. Can I use crushed chillis, and ditch the cinnamon? I am also a coeliac, but have gf plain flour, rice and gram flour. I know I’m difficult, I love Indian food and find your recipes far superior to anything we get in Indian restaurants over here. Ram raided the Asian cook shop, just tricky when you are gluten intolerant and have to be careful with lactose. Sorry!!!

  • Kathy Parkinson

    I made this last night using gluten free plain flour and the ingredient swaps I mentioned, crushed chillis and no cinnamon. They were delicious, the crispy chicken skin was to die for. I will definitely be making this again.

  • Kathy Parkinson

    My boyfriend bought a chicken breast skin on instead of thighs and it is huge! Can I still use it and if so should I slice it up and do I still put it in the oven? Thank you.

  • Aiysha Siddiqui

    How long ia it suppose to be grilled in oven? If you don’t want to opt for fried version


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