Recipe Pacchin/Flying Bird with Video

Recipe Pacchin/Flying Bird

by Chandramukhi Ganju
Recipe Video

Recipe Pacchin/Flying Bird
Serving size: 3 to 4 people

Cultural Importance:
Pacchin is a flying bird usually available during the winter months in Kashmir. It is a delicacy enjoyed by Kashmiri Hindus who would not normally eat chicken. Its cultural significance is that parents of newly-wed daughters customarily send Pacchin on occasion of the first snowfall of the season, called Nav Sheen.


  • 1 flying bird(Neelu’g, U’nz)or one Cornish hen(kooker put) available at supermarket which looks like pacchin
  • 1½ tsp.mertschwangan/red chili powder
  • ½ tsp.badiyan/fennel powder
  • 1 tsp.shonth/ginger powder
  • ½ tsp.dalchin, cinnamon powder or
  • 2 crushed cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tsp.kreuhuan zeur/kala zeera/black cumin seed
  • 1 tsp.safed zeur/zeera/white cumin seed
  • 2 roung/laung/cloves
  • 4 aal/elaichi/cardamom
  • Pinch of yeng/heeng/asafetida
  • 2-3 tbsp. of vegetable cooking oil
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup of water


  • Clean all fat, cut and wash pacchin/cornish hen and drain in colander.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Sauté yeng/heeng, ½ tsp. crushed cumin seed, 2 elaichi and roung.
  • Add pacchin to oil and fry for 10-15 minutes or until brown.
  • Add cinnamon powder and sauté.
  • Add chili powder and mix well.
  • Add all spices except elaichi mix well.
  • Add ½ cup of water.
  • Cook approx. for 5 minutes or until water is absorbed and chicken is left with oily masala/ spices.
  • Crush elaichi/cardamom and zeera/cumin seed.
  • Sprinkle over chicken black zeera and crushed elaichi/cardamom and white zeera
  • Cover to retain flavor.
  • Turn off burner and serve with white rice or pulav.

Note: If cooking on electric burner, remove from burner immediately after dish is ready to avoid over cooking.

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Chandra Ji, Deepakji, Mahara Mazadar Chu. Vanya payi zaroor Miami Gachun. Shayad ma meli Pachin kheyna khetra.
Added By Arun Koul
Dear Chandra ji, your video brought back some old memories and has inspired us to make this tasty dish. Such complex dishes are simplified thanks to your easy to follow instructions. Sanjay
Added By Sanjay Kaul