Chicken Bharta /Kolkata Style Chicken Bharta

Coming to the day3 of blogging marathon#88,themed under protein rich Dishes is a creamy Bengali style chicken Bharta.

Chicken Bharta is a creamy rich gravy where boneless chicken is shredded and cooked in a cashew,tomato based gravy.Here I have cut the chicken into strips and used instead of shredding.

This curry pairs very well with naan,roti and jeera rice.Lot of versions are available with shredding the chicken pieces,adding mashed yolks and fresh cream to get the creamy consistency.But I chose this method,as it suits to my family's taste.The output was a delicious curry and we enjoyed it with store bought naan.

As three hungry tummies were waiting to relish this curry with naan,couldn't take more pictures.Will update it soon.Let's move on to the picture.

                                         Chicken Bharta/Kolkata Style Chicken Bharta

   Basic Information
   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 40-45 minutes
   Serves ~ 3-4


Chicken( boneless)
1.25 lbs
Onion(finely chopped)
1(medium size)
2 medium size
Ginger&Garlic Paste
2 tbs
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
Red chilly powder/milagi podi
1.5 tsp
Roasted cumin powder /jeerga podi
1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Garam Masala powder
1/4 tsp
2 tbs
Cashew paste
1 tbs
Kasoori methi
1 tsp
1.5 tsp
3 tbs
1 tbs
Boiled egg(optional)
1 for garnishing
Coriander leaves(chopped)
2 tbs

 For the tempering

2 inch
  • Wash and clean the chicken and cut into 2 inch thin strips and keep it aside.Mix all the dry spice powders and salt in 1/4 cup of water and set it aside.
  • In a  pan,heat the oil and do the tempering,to this add the chopped onion.Saute it with a pinch of  salt until translucent.Add in the ginger&garlic paste,fry it till the raw smell disappears. Add in the pureed tomato and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the spice paste and give it a good mix.Now add in the chicken pieces and saute it till the color changes.
  • Add around a cup of water cook it covered  in a medium flame till the chicken is tender and stir in between to prevent burning.Once the chicken is tender add in the yogurt and mix it well.
  • Let it cook for couple of minutes.Now to this add the cashew paste and cook it for another couple of minutes,.
  • Add in the chopped coriander leaves and mix it well and put off the flame.After turn off the flame add in the crushed kasoori methi and butter.Mix it well.Yummy chicken bharta is ready.
  • Serve it warm with naan or roti.

  • Fresh cream can be added before put off the flame.
  • The given spice level is for a milder version.For a spicier version increase the amount of red chilly powder.



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Beautiful serve ware and my God what awesome presentation ! The clicks are absolutely fantastic Nalini .

Chicken bharta looks absolutely my kind of food. I want to have this dish with some rotis, fingerlicking dish definitely.

Absolutely amazing snaps Nalini. The chiciken bharta looks so good..

hi nalini........uv got a beautiful blog here! following u now.............lovely clicks and this chicken looks delish!thinking of trying it this week.

What can I say! What a beautiful looking dish! I had to scroll down quickly so that I don't make a mess of myself... looks super delicious, must try!

The presentation is fantastic Nalini, can drool over it for hours!..even though I am vegetarian.hehehe..the whole setup looks so classic...

That platter looks wholesome and neatly arranged.

Never heard of chicken bharta........the dish looks so creamy and rich...

Chicken Bharta looks awesome, Nalini. I won't mind digging into that plate right now, so tempting and your clicks are too good. All the 3 chicken recipes that you have posted are fantastic !!!

Looks positively delicious!!

Lovely clicks of a delicious and creamy chicken bharta. The whole plate looks like a filling and yummy meal.

What a beautiful presentation Nalini! The whole platter looks so tempting even for a vegetarian!!!

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