Chicken rezala is a special beloved dish that hails from the classic city of Kolkata. This delicious chicken dish came to the city by the bawarchies of the Nawab of Lucknow. It is a royal dish that speaks about the Nawabi cuisines of Mughal Era.
The highly rich dish is simply magical with its delicious aroma, texture and it is extremely beautiful to look at. The classic dish has a exceptional flavor which is so distinctive from other Mughlai dishes that makes it special and very enticing to the taste buds. The juicy, tender chicken pieces floating in royal white gravy ,looks very elegant and rich. The white gravy is made with curd, cashew nut and poppy seeds paste, flavored with subtle spices which are not commonly used in normal dishes.
Succulent pieces of chicken simmered with just right combination of spices and ingredients , gives it a unique mild and delicious flavor. To keep the original flavor I recommend to use only clarified butter. But here I use a combination of ghee and vegetable oil.
There is a delicate sweetness in this magical dish due to the use of a little sugar. It also has a faint tanginess of yogurt which makes the dish even more delightful. It has a perfect blend of sweetness and sourness in a mildly spiced gravy that makes it just delectable with roomali roti , pulao or biriyani.
This vibrant, truly unique dish is prepared in a creamy white gravy, which will enchant your palate and make you fall in love with Indian specialties. Make it today and treat yourself with a big portion of spicy, flavorful and energetic Bengali culture !