This is my absolute favorite dinner-party dish, because its not just absolutely decilious but it has the most ‘Royal’ ingredients ever. Rezala is a dish which originates from Lucknow in India, it was created in the Mughal era and hence the association of Royalty with this dish. I obviously add my own personal touch to the dish as there are several ways of making it. But the best part is the ingredients are fairly simple and easily available at any super market.
Chicken 500 grams (with bones) cut into small pieces
One big Onion or two small (Red or Pink) grated
1 and a half table spoon Ginger and Garlic paste (4 cloves of garlic and 1/5th of a large Ginger)
2 finger Green Chillies chopped
50 grams almond flakes
4 large table spoon Yogurt
2 table spoon Garam Masala (5 Spice) powder
1 tea spoon black pepper powder
5-6 strands of Saffron
2 bay leaves
2 large table spoon of Oil
1 and a half table spoon Ghee (Indian Butter, can be easily found in big super markets)
1 small cup fresh cream (double or single depending on your diet routine)
Marinade chicken with yogurt, half of the ginger and garlic paste, Garam Masala, black pepper and salt for 30 mins or over night if you have time. (I usually am never organised so I go for the 30 mins option :p)
Heat oil and 1 tbs of ghee in a pan and add the onion, chilly and rest of the ginger garlic paste and fry it till its slightly golden.
Add the bay leaves and stir it for a few seconds till it gets submerged in the oil and ghee.
Finally add the whole marinade mixture of chicken with the spices and yogurt into the pan and let the chicken cook in the yogurt and it will start releasing its own juice. Donot add any extra water.
Now add the almonds and Saffron to the whole mixture and cover the pan with a lid and cook it in medium heat for about 10-15 minutes giving it an occassional stir. (By this point the dish will start smelling heavenly!!! )
Once you get a thick creamy gravy and the chicken is perfectly cooked, add the fresh creme and serve it piping hot with either Boiled Rice/Naan bread/ Chapati/ Polaw Rice.
Hope you enjoy this recipe and most importantly try it, let me know your feedback and comments and if you like it dont forget to share it with your friends! :)