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31 March, 2013

Chicken Rezala

31 March, 2013

Chicken Rezala

During Mughal rule in India, Mughal emperors introduced the custom of fantastic, delicious and rich food. Kebabs, biryanis, various chicken and mutton gravies are some examples of luxurious Mughal food. Aminia,Shiraz, Rahmania and Arsalan are some leading restaurants in Kolkata which serve "Nawabi" style of food. Chicken rezala is a really tasty Mughal chicken dish and the delicious,white gravy has a light consistency. It is not very hard to make and tastes awesome with rotis, biryani or paratha. Hope you like it! (And don't forget to comment or subscribe! Njoy!!)

Chicken Rezala


  • Chicken - 1 kg (with bones)
  • Cashew nuts - 25-30 gms (made to paste)
  • Whipped yogurt - 200gms
  • Fresh cream - 150 gms
  • Ghee/ clarified butter - 4 tbsp
  • Onion - 2 (made to paste)
  • Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
  • Garlic paste - 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Mace powder/Javitri - 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilli - 2-3
  • White peppercorn crushed - 1 tbsp
  •  Whole dried red chilli - 5-6
  • Cloves - 2-3
  •  Green cardamom - 4-5
  • Cinnamon - 2 sticks
  • Kewra essence/ Rose water - 1 tsp 
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Hot water - 2 cups
  • Saffron - few strands
  • Milk - 2 tbsp
  • White oil - for cooking ( mixed with ghee)


1. Grind together onion, ginger, garlic, cashewnuts, green chilli  to a fine paste.
2. In a large bowl mix together, chicken, yogurt, cumin powder, sugar, cashewnut-onion-ginger-garlic paste, white pepper powder and little kewra essence. Mix thoroughly and let it marinate for 1 1/2 hour.
3. In a kadhai add oil and ghee. Add the whole red chilli, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves.
4. Now add the marinated chicken pieces shaking off the marinade and stir for 5-7 mins. on medium heat.
5. Now add the remaining marinade and 2 cups of hot water. Cover and cook on low heat for 25-30 mins. till chicken turns tender or pressure cook to 2 whistles.
6. In a small bowl,  heat milk and add saffron.Pour over the chicken and mix well.
7. Add fresh cream to the chicken and check seasoning. Simmer and boil for 10 mins and add kewra essence/rose water. Remove from heat.
8. Garnish with red chillies. Serve with rice, pulao, biryani, roti/paratha.

Step 1 & 2
Step 3,4,5,6 & 7
Chicken Rezala With Roti

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  1. Yummy dish..I prepared paneer rezala..http://accessiblediary.blogspot.in/

  2. Was searching for some Mughlai recipes.. Right on time dear :) Bookmarked !!

  3. chicken Rezala makes me hungry...looks yummy...

  4. OMG! total droolworthy. Fingerlicking good chicken curry Rita. Absolutely delicious.

  5. lovely platter rita...i am sure this is one best for paratha too

  6. Interesting, I read through the list of ingredients and saw rose water as one of it. And other flavorful ingredients too. This is really Mughal dish which got me trilled. Must try, should try and hoping to try on a weekend.

  7. Rich and delicious curry.. Very inviting!

  8. Chicken Rezala kokhono try korini ebar try korte hobe....

  9. looks very tempting. Irresistible.

  10. Loved it. Thanks for sharing Rita... Happy blogging :-)

  11. One of the best chicken rezala last night i tried and it came very well...Thank you mam for this recipe...


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