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Murgh Rezala is a curry dish popular in Bengal in which chicken is cooked in a special sauce.

Murgh Rezala Recipe

Murgh Rezala

Murgh Rezala is an easy and rich-flavored chicken curry recipe made with a special sauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian subcontinent
Servings 4 people


  • 700 grams chicken
  • tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 onion blended (large sized)
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 4 green chilies crushed
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp red chili crushed
  • ½ tsp black pepper crushed
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg and mace powder
  • ½ cup oil or as required
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts paste
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds crushed and soaked
  • 3 red chilies
  • 2 pinches whole spice powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves


  • Wash and clean chicken pieces.
  • Extract the juice of ginger and garlic and keep aside.
  • Blend a large-sized onion, and grind cashew nuts to a fine paste. Also, crush and soak the poppy seeds. Keep them aside for later use in this recipe.
  • Place chicken in a mixing bowl. Add ginger-garlic paste, blended onion, yogurt, green chili, salt, red chili, black pepper, and nutmeg-mace powder. Mix well and let the chicken marinate for 30 to 40 minutes.
    700 grams chicken, 1½ tbsp ginger and garlic paste, 1 onion, 1 cup yogurt, 4 green chilies, salt, ½ tsp red chili, ½ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp nutmeg and mace powder
  • Add oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and whole spices and sauté for a few seconds. Add the marinated chicken pieces and stir continuously on medium or high flame for 5 minutes till the raw smell disappears and the chicken is slightly seared.
    ½ cup oil, 2 cloves, 1 black cardamom, 2 green cardamoms, 1 cinnamon stick
  • Now pour in the remaining marinated mixture and mix.
    2 tbsp cashew nuts paste, 3 red chilies, 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • Then add cashew nuts paste, soaked poppy seeds paste, and red chilies. Stir and mix well to coat all the pieces.
  • Cover the pot with a lid. Continue to cook on a low or medium flame for 15 minutes or until the chicken is almost done.
  • Remove the lid when the chicken is done. Sprinkle whole spice powder and fresh coriander leaves.
    2 pinches whole spice powder, 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves


Keyword Chicken Rezala, Murgh Rezala

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