Chicken Rezala

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Chicken Rezala

Want to sample a different chicken curry? Go ahead and make Chicken Rezala, a traditional Bengali delicacy that has the perfect balance of salt and sugar. Of course, there are many variations to this dish, but here’s an easy recipe that requires minimum ingredients and is superbly delicious.


  • Chicken – 8 pieces
  • Curd – ½ cup
  • Onion – 1 large
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Green cardamom – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
  • Cloves -4
  • Peppercorns – 4
  • Red chilli powder – ½ – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric – a pinch
  • Red dry chilli – 3
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar – ½ tsp


  • Marinate the chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste, a pinch of salt, red chilli powder and turmeric. Keep it aside at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  • Cut the onion in small pieces and process it in a blender. You don’t have to puree the onion, just give a spin 2 or 3 times. Now, in a bowl, whisk the curd with ¼ cup water, sugar, and onion paste.
  • In a pot, heat oil. When it’s smoking and hot, throw the red chilli, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Sauté for a minute. Add the chicken pieces, throw some salt, and sauté on medium heat till the chicken is browned. It will take about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add the onion-curd mix in the pot. You can wash off the residue with little water. On medium heat, bring the pot to boil for 5 minutes. Then reduce the flame, cover and cook till the chicken pieces are tender. Time will vary, but it should take around 20 minutes. Taste and adjust the level of salt and spice.
  • Wash your hands. Take out a plate, serve some rice and a big spoon of the spicy chicken, and get ready to bite on!

Yield: 2 servings

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