Spicy Shahi Chicken Rezala

Influenced by the Mughlai cuisine, a rustic and authentic quick one-pot dish packed with tonnes of hot spices and flavor!

Nothing short of a delicacy, enjoy this dish alongside some hot basmati rice or pulao


Chicken 3 lbs / 1.5 kg

Onion paste 1/2 cup

Yogurt 1/2 cup

Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Garlic paste 1 tsp

Ginger paste 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil 1/4 cup

Ghee 2 tbsp

Black Cumin / Shahi Jeera 1/2 tsp

Bay leaves 1

Black peppercorns 8-10 pcs

Cinnamon 2 stick

Cardamom 4 pcs

Cloves 4 pcs

Black pepper 1/2 tsp

Fried onions 1 cup

Cashew nut paste 2 tbsp

Poppy seed 2 tbsp

Hot water 1.5 cup

Sugar 1 tsp

Mawa 1/2 cup

Dry plum / Aloo bukhara 3-4 pcs

Garam masala 1 tsp

Green chilli 5 pcs

Sliced Almond 7-8 pcs

Kewra water 1 tsp


  • Blend 5-6 cashew nuts with little water into a paste

  • Add chicken pieces onto a bowl, add onion, ginger and garlic paste, red chilli powder, yogurt and salt to taste. Marinate for 1 hour.

  • Prepare Mawa

Heat 1/2 cup of whole milk, add 1 tbsp ghee. Stir everything together until the milk comes to a boil

Pour this ghee-milk mixture to 1 cup powdered milk. Mix everything together, it should have a crumbly texture.

Optional - You can add 1/2 tsp rose water if desired