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Bumburet chilli chicken


Bumburet chilli chicken

Bumburet chilli chicken

In 1987, I stayed in the village of Bumburet in northern Pakistan. My host's wife made a spicy chicken dish that was so delicious I asked him to get her recipe. My host relayed the recipe to me from his wife, and when I tried it at home, it was almost as good!
Bumburet Valley is nestled in the Hindu Kush mountain range, characterised by its lush greenery, sweeping landscapes, and the flowing waters of the Bumburet River. The valley is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, making it a breathtaking destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
What sets Bumburet Valley apart is its inhabitants, the Kalash people. The Kalash are a unique indigenous group with their own language, culture, and religious beliefs, which are distinct from the dominant Islamic culture in Pakistan. The Kalash people are known for their vibrant festivals, cuisine, intricate handicrafts, and colourful attire, making the valley a cultural treasure.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Pakistani
Servings 4 people
Calories 90 kcal


  • 1 oven
  • 1 roasting pan


  • 1 large free range chicken
  • tbsp ghee
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 tsp red chill powder
  • 3 clove garlic (crushed and chopped)
  • large onion (diced)


  • Make a sauce with a sauce made with garlic, chilli powder, onions and one tomato fried in ghee
  • Skin and chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and bake in a hot oven.
  • From time to time, take the chicken out of the oven, stir the dish and add water to the sauce when required.
  • Serve the chicken with potatoes cooked with okra in a base of spices, garlic and onions and a round of walnut bread.
Keyword Bumburet, chicken, chilli

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