Chicken Rezala Recipe

Chicken Rezala Recipe is a proud part of the glorious Mughlai Cuisine. People of Kolkata are extremely fond of Chicken Rezala. It goes best with naan or pulao. Its basically chicken cooked in a gravy of curd, poppy seeds and cashew nuts. It’s rich in its flavor and surely suits the royals! After all, we all are royal in our own rights ☺   Let’s check the Chicken Rezala Recipe and cook it, relish it with our family and friends.

Total cooking time for Chicken Rezala Recipe: 45 minutes

Serves 2 – 3 people

Ingredients for Chicken Rezala Recipe :

  • Chicken – 450 – 500 gms ( curry cut )
  • 1/2 cup of beaten curd
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds or khus khus or posto
  • 15 – 20 cashew nuts
  • 1 red dry chilly
  • A powdered mixture of 10 black peppercorns, 15 white peppercorns, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 green cardamoms, 7 cloves – grind with a mortar and pestle
  • Refined oil
  • Salt as per taste
  • A paste of 1 onion, 15 garlic cloves and a tiny bit of ginger

Chicken Rezala Recipe – The method:

  • Marinate chicken pieces with salt, garlic onion ginger paste, beaten curd for good half an hour at least
  • Heat refined oil in a pan and drop a broken dry red chilly
  • Afterwards drop into the pan the marinated chicken along with the marinades. Stir. Add powdered spices. Cover cook for 20 – 25 minutes till chicken is soft and water in the chicken has almost evaporated
  • Now add the paste of roasted poppy seeds and cashew nut. Mix well with the chicken
  • Add 1 cup of water and cook till the chicken is done or the desired consistency of the chicken rezala is achieved ( you may add rose water and kewra water for more aroma and flavor as well )

Serve hot with naan or pulao!

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