Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe

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Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe

Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe

When I came across this Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe, it reminded me very much of Mughlai cuisine. Later I learnt that it is indeed the Nawabi inspiration in Bengali cuisine. It is usually cooked on special occasions as it is a “Rich” dish. But it can be cooked for dinner any day. I don’t eat chicken but believe me for saying so myself, the aroma is tantalizing!

Succulent pieces of Chicken on bone drowned an aromatic gravy with different ingredients. As is known Mughlai cuisine is a rich cuisine patronised by the nawabs. It is best cooked on a slow charcoal fire but that isn’t possible these days. The next best alternative is the slow cooker and the Dhungar method of smoking.

What is Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe?

Chicken Rezala has an impeccable balance of spices and flavours. The creamy gravy goes well with steamed rice or roti. The bowl was polished off and there were demands of once more! As usual, I have tweaked the recipe according to my cooking. The dry red chillies and pepper are enough to spice actually but I added chilli powder for that spicy punch.

The name itself sounds royal, doesn’t it? The whole spices, saffron, cashew and poppy seeds, onion paste, ginger and garlic give it the “rich” tag.

You may like similar white gravy recipes like my favourite Chicken Stew Chicken a la King Easy Creamy Chicken or the fiery Chettinad Chicken

INGREDIENTS

1 kg of chicken with bone

10 Cashew nuts

2 tbsp Poppy seeds

2 tbsp Oil

1 cup Yogurt

3 tbsp Ghee

1 tbsp Ginger& Garlic paste

4 Clove

2 Green cardamom

8 Black pepper corns

2 inch Cinnamon

3 Black cardamom

1 tsp Garam masala powder

1/2 cup Onion paste

1 tsp Red chilli powder

4 Dry red chilies

Salt to taste

1 tbsp Ghee

Few chopped fresh coriander leaves

 

1 pinch Saffron Soaked in 1 tbsp milk

METHOD

 Chicken Rezala marinade and saffron
Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe

Firstly, soak the cashew nuts and poppy seeds in warm water for 10 minutes. Then make a smooth paste in a blender.

Next, marinate the chicken with ginger-garlic paste and yogurt in a bowl. Keep aside for an hour.

Chicken Rezala cooking process
Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe

In a wok, heat ghee and oil. Once it is hot, add cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon, green cardamom, black cardamom and dry red chilies.

Sauté till the aroma floats in the air.

Now add the chicken pieces from the marinade and sauté for 4-5 minutes.

Subsequently, add the remaining marinade, cashew nut and poppy seeds paste, white pepper powder, salt, red chilli powder and garam masala powder.

Then, add the onion paste and 1 cup water.

Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe
Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe

Cover the pan and cook on low heat for about 40 minutes.

Pour the ghee and mix well.

Finally, drizzle the soaked saffron milk and fresh coriander leaves

Serve Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe, hot with steamed rice or soak up the rich gravy with any roti or bread.

Notes

Red Chilli powder is optional

You can add Kewra Essence

You can garnish with fried onion rings.

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Instructions
  1. Firstly, soak the cashew nuts and poppy seeds in warm water for 10 minutes. Then make a smooth paste in a blender.
  2. Next, marinate the chicken with ginger-garlic paste and yoghurt in a bowl. Keep aside for an hour.
  3. In a wok, heat ghee and oil. Once it is hot, add cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon, green cardamom, black cardamom and dry red chillies.
  4. Sauté till the aroma floats in the air.
  5. Now add the chicken pieces from the marinade and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Subsequently, add the remaining marinade, cashew nut and poppy seeds paste, white pepper powder, salt, red chilli powder and garam masala powder.
  7. Then, add the onion paste and 1 cup water.
  8. Cover the pan and cook on low heat for about 40 minutes.
  9. Pour the ghee and mix well.
  10. Finally, drizzle the soaked saffron milk and fresh coriander leaves.
  11. Serve Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe, hot with steamed rice or soak up the rich gravy with any roti or bread.
Recipe Notes

Red Chilli powder is optional

You can add Kewra Essence

You can garnish with fried onion rings.

Bengali Chicken rezala

Harjeet Kaur

Harjeet Kaur

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of a reputed national newspaper. I rediscovered my best subject at school and began writing with gusto. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. I started off writing about Interiors and Gardens and later diverse topics like Fashion, trends, food and events in the city. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content. I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has some interesting insights into my life and travels but now it is mainly a food blog as I am growing organic vegetables and cooking my own produce is very therapeutic. Read my blogs to know me better. I write from my heart and what I write is what I feel... I feel a feel, A funny feel A funny feel, feel I! If you feel the feel I feel You'll feel the same as I!!

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