Chicken Rezala Bengali Recipe


Chicken Rezala is a traditional Bengali dish known for its rich and creamy white gravy flavored with aromatic spices. This dish is a perfect blend of Mughlai and Bengali cuisine, making it a favorite among food enthusiasts. The tender chicken pieces cooked in a velvety yogurt-based sauce are sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 kg chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4-5 green chilies, slit
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts, soaked in water
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 4-5 cardamom pods
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Instructions: How to Cook Chicken Rezala Bengali

  1. In a blender, grind the soaked cashew nuts into a smooth paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a large pan and add the whole spices - cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and bay leaf. Saute for a minute until fragrant.
  3. Add the sliced onions and green chilies. Cook until the onions turn golden brown.
  4. Now, add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for a couple of minutes until the raw smell disappears.
  5. Add the chicken pieces, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for 5-7 minutes until the chicken is slightly browned.
  6. Whisk the yogurt and milk together until smooth. Add this mixture to the chicken along with the cashew paste, sugar, and garam masala powder. Stir well to combine.
  7. Cover and cook on low heat for about 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the gravy thickens.
  8. Add the raisins and simmer for another 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  9. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice or naan.
Enjoy the creamy and flavorful Chicken Rezala, a classic Bengali delicacy that is sure to impress your family and friends!
Chicken Rezala Bengali Recipe