The chicken bharta is a bengali dish and the dish we’re going to make is influenced from punjabi style of cooking blended beautifully.
Bengal has people from almost every parts of the country including the foreigners for whom it served as a centre of meeting. And all these people has contributed to the unique cuisines of Kolkata.
Let us get started with the list of ingredients that you’ll be needing for the recipe.
Preparation time- 10 minutes
Cooking time- 30 minutes
Total time- 40 minutes
- Chicken half a kilogram (five hundred grams) boneless pieces
- Two onions, large size sliced nicely
- Two tablespoon of ginger and garlic paste
- Four tablespoon of oil
- One tablespoon cumin powder
- Half tablespoon turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- One tablespoon coriander powder
- Three to four eggs
- Half teaspoon cumin seeds
- Four to six green chillies slit from the middle
- Butter one tablespoon
- Curd three to four tablespoon
- Tomato puree one – fourth cup
- Two to three tablespoons of kasuri methi (optional)
- Two to three tablespoons fresh cream (optional)
- Bay leafs
- Red chilli powder 2 tablespoon
- Garam masala powder – two to three teaspoons ( cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, white pepper)
- Rose water
Preparation of chicken- to make bharta , after washing thoroughly the chicken should boiled first in water along with some salt until the rawness goes away. Check the chicken if cooked then put it in a pan and keep the stock for later usage. After sometime when the chicken cools down shred it with a fork in to very small strands so that it mixes well the masalas.
Preparation of the eggs– boil three to four and carefully separate the yolk and the egg whites. Cut the egg whites into small pieces for garnishing. Now take the egg yolks in a bowl and mash it thoroughly put some drops of water if needed and keep it aside.
Preparation of the masala– cut the onions into thin slices. Make a paste of half the onions, ginger, garlic, along with the curd.
Instructions for cooking- Take a pan and heat it and put the oil in it. When the oil is heated enough put the green chillies, bay leaves, cumin seeds and onions to it and fry till golden brown.
After that put the masala paste in it, add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder z coriander powder and mix it well. Keep stirring continuously until the oil starts to leave. Now add the tomato puree and mix well. After 2-3 minutes as the chicken to it and keep stirring at some chicken stock is needed. When the chicken starts to mixes well with the masala add the mashed egg yolks to eat and some more chicken stock, simmer the flame and put the lid on let it go for sometime. After sometime when the smell of the masala is gone, and some butter and mix it well. When the chicken is cooked well with the masalas, put off the flame and add the kasuri methi, few drops of rose water, and garam masala to it. Garnish it with fresh cream and egg whites.
Your dhaba style chicken bharta is ready to be served !
You can have the chicken butter with any type of traditional breads like naan,chapatis, roti, tandoori roti, etcetera.
Here I’m sharing my favourite traditional bread recipe that also goes well with this particular recipe.
You’ll be needing flour half a cup, maida half a cup, salt, curd half cup, kachha awjain one tablespoon, half teaspoon, fresh herbs (optional), baking soda, hot water for kneading the dough. Put all the ingredients except water and curd and mix well. After that add the curd and start kneading the dough. Keep adding little amounts of water until the dough turns soft. Now put it in a untensil and cover it with a moist peice of cloth. Let it rest for half an hour. After resting the dough knead it once more before rolling it length wise to cut it into small pieces. Now roll the pieces into round shapes with the help of table and rolling pin. Cook it like chapatis adding some oil to it so that it doesn’t sticks on the tawa.
Your chapatis are ready to be served with the chicken bharta. You can also serve some salad if you want . Try it at home and let me know in the comments section how you liked it!