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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bengali style Chicken Ghee Roast

   Chicken Ghee Roast is an exotic Chicken preperation, known to be originated in Bangladesh. I learnt this from a Bangladeshi friend of mine who was my neighbour while living in USA. From then, I have cooked this few times on special occassions off course, but never happened to share this recipe here on the blog. So, on the occassion of Bengali New Year, which is just 1 day away, I prepared this curry last weekend to share it here. 

     Do not get nervous seeing the long list of ingredients, it's all worth at the end, as the taste of this ghee roast is just out of the world. For this recipe, usually leg pieces are used, but you can use whole chicken but cut into big pieces. Marination is very important for this recipe as it tenders the chicken and lessen the cooking time, too. This is a thick gravy dish, gravy should nicely coat the chicken pieces.

Serve it with naan, Paratha, roti or pulao or even with biriyani it tastes good. now coming to the recipe...........

You need ::
Chicken(whole/leg pieces) : cut into big pieces
For marination :
Curd/yogurt : 2 tblsp.
Salt : 1 tblsp.
Ginger paste : 1 tsp.
Garlic paste : 1 tsp.
Red chilli/Black pepper powder : 1/2 tsp.

For cooking:
Bay leaves : 2
Cinnamon : 1(1inch piece)
Cloves : 2
Cardamom : 2
Onions : 3(big)
Ginger-garlic paste : 1 tblsp.
Green chilli ; 2-3, slitted from middle
Turmeric Powder : 1 tsp.
Salt to taste
Sugar : 1 tsp.
Cashewnuts : 7-10
Raisins(kishmish) : 7-8
Poppy seed(posto/khas khas) : 1 tsp.
Ghee : 3-4 tblsp.
Kewra water : 1/2 tsp.

Ingredients for spice powder:
Cinnamon : 1(1inch piece)
Cloves : 3-4 nos.
Cardamom : 3-4 nos.
Coriander : 1 tsp.
Dry red chilli : 1
Mace(Jaitri): little
Nutmeg(Jaiphal) : 1/4 inch piece

How To :
  • Preperation : (1) marinate the chicken pieces with ingredients listed under "For marination" for at least 4 hours or more.(2)Slice 3 onions, make a smooth onion paste with half of the onion and make beresta with other half of the onion. How to make beresta : Take 1 tblsp. of ghee/oil in a pan and in medium heat saute till onions turn slightly brown. Remove and cool. Make a fine paste of beresta, too. (3) Make a fine paste of cashew  nuts, raisins and poppy seed. (4) Roast the spices listed under " Ingredients for spice powder" on a tawa till aroma comes out, cool and make a fine powder. 
  • Cooking : Heat ghee in a pan, fry the chicken pieces on both sides till golden brown. Remove and keep aside. In the same pan, add bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and pour the onion paste. Saute for some time, then add ginger-garlic paste and saute some more till raw smell go away. 
  • In there, add left over yogurt marination, cashew nut paste, beresta paste and roasted spice powder. In low heat, cook the spice paste very well adding sugar and salt to taste for 10-12 minutes. When oil separates from the spice paste, add fried chicken pieces.
  • You can add little warm water or milk if you think gravy has thickend. Milk works better for a thick, creamy gravy. Lastly add slitted green chillies and kewra water on top and close the lid. Cook till chickens are cooked through and you have desired consistency of gravy.
  • Enjoy with anything of your choice - naan, paratha, pulao or biriyani.   

Happy Bengali New Year to you all, who are celebrating....

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