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bengali chicken rezala

Bengali Chicken Rezala Recipe

Chicken rezala with roasted almonds - a classic dish from a bygone era. Rezala speaks
about the influence of nawabi finesse on rustic Indian cuisine, Bengali in this case.

Course Main Course
Keyword Bengali chicken rezala recipe, how to prepare authentic chicken rezala, Recipe for chicken rezala
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marination Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 3
Author Sukanya Ghosh

Recipe Ingredients

  • 500 gm Chicken, curry cut
  • 1 cup Onion Paste
  • 1 cup Curd
  • 1 tbsp Ginger - Garlic Paste
  • 3 Red chillies whole
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Few Pieces of Cloves, Cinnamon , Mace, Nutmeg (pinch)
  • 1 tsp White Pepper Powder
  • Salt and Sugar to taste
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 3-4 drops Kewra water / screw pine essence
  • Roasted Almonds for garnishing

Recipe Instructions

  1. For marinade: Mix ½ cup onion paste with ½ cup beaten curd along with a spoon of ginger-garlic paste, salt and 2 red chillies.

  2. Marinate the chicken with the above prepared marinade for two hours.

  3. Blend the remaining onion paste with the curd and keep it separate.

  4. Heat ghee in a pan and temper it with cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, mace, red chillies and grated nutmeg.

    Fry for few seconds till it leaves its aroma.

  5. Now spoon out the pieces of chicken from the marinade and add to the oil carefully, and let it stir fry for 10 minutes.

  6. Next add the marinade along with the mixture of onion paste with curd and cook for few minutes.

  7. Add further the ginger-garlic paste and freshly pounded white pepper powder, continue cooking on low heat, add sugar and salt to taste.

  8. Do not add any water as the onion, curd and chicken will ooze out enough liquid.

    Mix it well with the chicken and cover and simmer on low heat till done.

  9. Add few drops of kewra water or rose-water to the chicken.

  10. Garnish with roasted almonds and dry chilli flakes before serving.