Parsi style Chicken Farcha

Chicken Farcha by Bawi Bride

Photo Credit: Smita Vinchurkar
Food Stylist: Alok Verma | All About That Palate

The humble Chicken Farcha is the bawa equivalent to KFC Chicken. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, Chicken Farchas not only go well with all sorts of curries and dals but also act as a great starter with some yogurt and mint raita. In the same way that the colonel has his secret spice, the Parsis also have a secret spice that goes into making these fried beauties. Except, our version is infinitely more yummier and as a bonus easier to make at home!

When I was a child, I remember regular gorging on a full leg of Chicken Farcha during the Parsi wedding and navjote season.  Nowadays, people have become more health conscious and it is rarely seen in wedding menus. While this is a good thing, it means that the only place where you can try out the Chicken Farcha is at Parsi shops like RTI or PAC or at the few Irani cafe’s dotting Mumbai.

Chicken Farcha by Bawi Bride

Photo Credit: Smita Vinchurkar
Food Stylist: Alok Verma | All About That Palate

Luckily for me, the chef who comes to cook at our place – we fondly call her ‘Oberoi’ because her food is as delicious as what you would get at her namesake – has been cooking at Parsi households for more than ten years. She has a tested recipe for Chicken Farchas which she happily shared it with me. I tried these out at the Lil Flea market held earlier this year and the Farchas were a sell out hit! 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 – ingredients at the bottom of the post as always.

Begin by marinating the chicken in red chilli paste, garlic paste, turmeric, red chilli powder, salt, garam masala, chopped coriander and lemon juice. Mix well and let the chicken marinate for atleast two hours or preferably overnight

Chicken marinating for Murghi na Farchas

Before you fry the chicken, cook the marinated chicken in the microwave for 3 minutes on high to partly cook it from the inside. Once this is done, cool the chicken on a chopping board or plate while you get the breadcrumb and egg coating ready

Chicken marinating for Murghi na Farchas

To prepare the egg coating, vigorously whisk the eggs with the salt, pepper and dhana jeera masala

Egg and Breadcrumbs for Chicken Farchas

In a shallow frying pan, heat the oil until it is very hot. Now, taking one piece of chicken at a time coat it in breadcrumbs or semolina (rawa) first and then in egg and slowly lower them into the oil.

Coating Chicken in Breadcrumbs

Coating Farchas in Egg

Fry on both sides until the chicken coating is golden brown. Remove the chicken and drain on a dish covered with paper towels.

Frying Murghi na Farchas

Frying of Chicken Farchas

Serve hot with some yogurt raita or with crispy wedges

To make 4 chicken farchas you will need:

2 full chicken legs (2 drumsticks and 2 thighs)
2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp red-chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp dhana-jeera powder
1 tbsp crushed garlic paste
1 tbsp red chilli paste
Juice of 1 lemon
1 fist of coriander leaves
2 eggs
Breadcrumbs or Semolina to coat
Salt and Pepper to taste

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    • says

      Glad you like the recipe. I haven’t used an air fryer before so couldn’t tell you how it would turn out but I would then recommend that you leave out the egg wash coating. However, what separates the Farcha from another fried chicken IS the egg coating so its a bit of a catch 22 to be honest. Maybe make it like once a month the way its meant to be made? 😉

  1. Farida F. Dotiwalla says

    Dear Ms. Perzen,

    Could you please let me know how to make red chilli paste. Many thanks & regards… Farida

    • says

      Hi Farida, the paste I used for this recipe is ready made. But, you could make a green chilli garlic paste instead to replace the red chilli. To make that you need about 100gm chilli : 100gm garlic : 1 tbsp cumin seeds

  2. Madiha Khan says

    Hi Perzen
    Just happened to stumble on your blog n your moms story which got tears streaming down.
    Have an iftar party today will be trying your wonderful chicken farcha n your Mom’s keema cutlet recipe.
    Have had wonderful parsi friends back in Mumbai so know the flavours…miss it here .

    Thank you for your wonderful recipes .

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