Murgh Malai - New Nordic Style


Murgh Malai - New Nordic Style

Nordic-inspired Creamy Chicken

In the context of New Nordic cuisine, this recipe takes inspiration from the traditional Indian dish, Murgh Malai. By incorporating local Nordic ingredients and techniques, we create a unique fusion of flavors. This creamy chicken dish is a delightful blend of tender chicken, aromatic spices, and a rich, velvety sauce.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

20 minutes

35 minutes

4 servings


Nordic Diet, High Protein Diet, Gluten-Free Diet, Low Carb Diet, Lactose-Free Diet

Dairy (Greek yogurt, heavy cream)

Vegan Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Dairy-Free Diet, Paleo Diet, Keto Diet


While the original Murgh Malai is known for its vibrant Indian spices and flavors, this New Nordic adaptation focuses on using locally sourced ingredients and incorporating Nordic cooking techniques. The dish maintains the creamy and indulgent nature of the original, but with a subtle Nordic twist. We alse have the original recipe for Murgh malai, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 320 kcal / 1340 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 18g, 8g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 7g, 4g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, heavy cream, ground cardamom, ground coriander, ground cumin, dried dill, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  2. 2.
    Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and coat them thoroughly. Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for enhanced flavor.
  3. 3.
    Heat the rapeseed oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  4. 4.
    Add the marinated chicken to the skillet and cook until the chicken is cooked through and lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. 5.
    Pour any remaining marinade into the skillet and simmer for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. 6.
    Serve the Nordic-inspired creamy chicken garnished with fresh dill. Enjoy!

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Greek yogurt — Use full-fat Greek yogurt for a creamier texture.
  • Rapeseed oil — Substitute with canola oil if rapeseed oil is not available.
  • Dried dill — If fresh dill is available, use 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh dill instead.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a smoky flavor, consider adding a pinch of smoked salt or using smoked paprika in the marinade.
  • Serve the Nordic-inspired creamy chicken with a side of roasted root vegetables for a complete meal.
  • If you prefer a spicier dish, add a pinch of chili flakes or cayenne pepper to the marinade.
  • To make the dish more visually appealing, garnish with edible flowers or microgreens.
  • For a lighter version, you can substitute the heavy cream with unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk.

Serving advice

Serve the Nordic-inspired creamy chicken hot, accompanied by a side of roasted vegetables or a fresh green salad. It pairs well with a slice of crusty Nordic bread.

Presentation advice

Arrange the chicken pieces on a bed of creamy sauce, garnish with fresh dill, and drizzle a little extra sauce on top. Serve in a Nordic-inspired ceramic dish for an elegant presentation.