Chicken Kasha Recipe

Chicken Kasha is a typical Bengali recipe. It is very popular and almost prepare in every Bengali household. In this recipe, Chicken pieces are cooked in onion, ginger-garlic and masala based gravy and the dish is semi dry. This is a rich preparation of chicken, which goes really well with steamed rice, pulao or roti.


  • Preparing time : 15 min.
  • Cook time :45 min.
  • Serving : 4 people


Ingredients :


  • 500 gram Chicken
  • 5 tbsp mustard oil
  • 4 medium onion sliced
  • 3 Cardamom
  • 3 inch piece cinnamon
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated garlic
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee or Clarified Butter
  • Water as required


Instructions :


  • Clean and wash the chicken pieces with fresh water and marinate them with salt and turmeric powder for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add whole garam masala and cumin seeds, wait for them to splutter.
  • Now add all the sliced onion into the pan and fry them until become caramelised.
  • Then add grated garlic and ginger. Fry them until the raw smell of garlic has gone.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook them till become soft and tender.
  • Then add all the dry spices like cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Add 1 tbsp of water so that the dry spices does not get burnt. Braise(kosano) all the masala until the gravy starts leaving oil from the sides.
  • Now add the marinated chicken pieces into the pan and mix well with the gravy.
  • Cook for 5 minutes on medium to low flame by stirring it constantly.
  • Then add 1/2 cup of water, mix it well and cover the pan with a heavy lid.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken pieces become soft and tender. Cook on low flame.
  • After that, open the lid and stir the curry well. This time, if you feel the curry becomes dry, then add some more warm water.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Lastly, when our curry is ready and the chicken becomes soft, add sugar, garam masala powder and ghee. The consistency of the gravy should thick and not too much runny. Mix everything well and switch off the flame.