Naga Chicken Curry - 0% oil

Its been years that we visited Nagaland, but it always was and still remains a very special place in every means for our family. I remember our childhood days spent in there with good people and great food. This dish means a lot to me now, more than sentimental it works out as a diet dish for us, full filling our need without even a drop of oil. This dish is usually made with fermented Bamboo Shoot known as "Bastanga" , here i have used the packet fresh bamboo shoot from the Asian store can be substituted with the canned ones too :)

Ingredients :

1 lb chicken
1/2 cup bamboo shoot (long strips)
1/2 cup cabbage (cut into chunks)
2 tomatoes ( crushed, preferably with your hands :) )
6-7 green chillies (adjust accordingly as you won't be adding any chilly pwdr )
1/2 inch ginger
1 garlic pod
1 tsp chilly flakes
coriander leaves
salt to taste


Cut and clean the chicken pieces.
Crush green chillies, ginger and garlic. ( just to open up the flavors )
Take a vessel in which you make the chicken, add in the chicken, sliced bamboo shoot, cabbage , crush tomatoes, crushed green chillies, ginger, garlic, chilly flakes, coriander leaves and salt.
Cook until the chicken is done.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rice, or even can be had as a soup.


  1. The chicken looks yummy...I like the chicken that flavoured with chillies!

  2. Looks very tempting & perfect..... Beautifully presented & clicked awesomely tooo.......


  3. This is a new chicken currry to me..looks so delicious...simply superb!!!!

  4. Looks too good...Never been to Nagaland, But would love to go one day :-) 0%oil is noted..:D Thanks Pria !

  5. My that looks delicious. I have a friend who lived in Nagaland during her childhood and speaks beautiful Nagamese..wonder if she can cook this though.

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  7. lovely & delicious chicken and that too with no oil sounds really good...thanks for sharing pria and good to c u back after a long keep in touch

  8. Gr8 to see u back:)
    Chicken curry looks really yummy and interesting recipe too, as always excellent presentation!!!

  9. What a healthy way to cook chicken! You have a nice space out here... following u... Thanks for visiting my blog...

  10. ThankQ frnds...i too love this for the 1st reason that i Don't use any "OIL"

  11. Nice recipe!!Nalla choodu choruinde oppam..aahaaaaa....enikkipppo kothy varunnundu.......:)

  12. I am a Naga and what we do back home is place the chicken in a thick-bottomed vessel, add just enough water to cover the meat and let it boil till the scum rises and can be scooped out. The veggies are then added to the meat. The chillies, garlic and tomatoes are mashed with a mortar and pestle with a little salt and then added taking care to ensure that the mixture is not stirred in and allowed to cook until the raw smell goes off. The ginger is crushed and added just before serving so that it's flavor is preserved. And of course, the amount of salt is adjusted before you serve it!

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  14. tried making the same way as it's shown above. It really taste good and healthy. Everyone should try it as its 0% oil.

  15. This is the food that I grew up with so I have to try this recipe.... Thank you Priya...
    I have a request....
    I need recipes of Naga Pork curry and Naga Chutney... the ultimate combination ...!

  16. Wow! The fact that this dish uses 0% oil makes me want to have it everyday!

  17. I like nagafood coz its very healthy n tasty.


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