What is Murgh Mussallam?
By Alfie Mueeth
“Well Done Whole Chicken”! That is the literal translation of the word Murgh Mussallam. This dish was a really popular dish amongst the royals in the North Indian Mughal families.
Over the centuries, the recipe has remained the same except the stuffing which is where this dish sets itself apart from the rest. You can go as grand or as simple as you want.
To this day, this dish remains as one for a very special occasion, something like a stunning centerpiece to take centre stage at a feast.
My Memories of Murgh Mussallam
My mother introduced me to this amazing dish and my earliest memory of enjoying Murgh Mussallam was when I was around 10 years old (I probably had Murgh Mussallam before that but no memories come to mind, getting old).
This took place in warm sunny, beautiful Sri Lanka (where I grew up). My father had just shook hands with the minister of trade to secure a deal and had invited him round to dinner, and he asked my mother if she would be kind enough to put together a grand feast.
And a feast it was! Amongst a beautiful spread of curries, savouries and relishes, sat the main centrepiece, my Mom’s Murgh Mussallam – her own personal touch was to add dried apricots and raisins into the rice stuffing to give it that sweet and savoury flavour!
My Paleo Murgh Mussallam
Ever since going Paleo in 2014, I have made it my mission to still enjoy the foods that I grew up with so that I don’t fall off the bandwagon. Murgh Mussallam is one of those dishes. You don’t have to give it up just because it’s got rice and uses yogurt and other non Paleo foods. Just some simple substitutions will allow you to still enjoy dishes like this and best of all, it will be a healthier and cleaner version as well.
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