Indian cuisine uses plenty of chicken and those are the most popular meals. Murg simply means chicken in Hindi. Murg is also known as murgh so don’t be confused if you came across this version. Usually, its marinated in a mixture of spices that can vary. Royal Spice restaurant serves Royal Murg freshly cooked in tandoori oven with garlic, cumin, tomato, coriander, and paprika finished with cream.
Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world and it is a descendant of red junglefowl alongside with gray junglefowl that was first raised in the northern parts of Indian subcontinent thousands of years ago. In the 1800s America, the chicken was so expensive that was only consumed by the rich as it was too costly to be “common” dish.
Different cultures cast aside different parts so what is considered do be a waste in one culture is a pure delicacy in other. So chicken head and legs are specials in China, the neck is served in various part of Asia and chicken hearts are seen as a delicacy in Brazilian churrasco.
In some cultures, Chickens still are considered to be sacred animals. Hen is a worldwide symbol of nurturance and fertility and Egyptians used to hang eggs in the temple to ensure abundant river flow. In the ancient Persian faith of Zoroastrianism rooster, a benign spirit crowed at dawn to mark a turning point in the cosmic struggle between darkness and light.
The chicken was also the first domesticated animal and the first bird that got a complete map of the genome in 2004 by an international team of geneticists. And even though it didn’t play important role in human civilization as a horse or ox, the chicken still keeps the top culinary seat and remains the important part of various cuisines due to its mild taste and uniform texture that acts as a blank canvas for the flavor palette.
Enjoy your food! 🙂
Bain taitneamh as do bhéile! (Bwin tat–nyuv oss duh vay-il-eh)