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Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)


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Chicken Bharta was prepared last weekend in our lunch. The recipe is punjabi inspired bengali dish. A very tasty shreded (pulled) chicken preparation that is famous throughout India. It has onion and tomato based gravy with beautiful flavour of kasuri methi and butter. In kolkata it's a frequently ordered dish in restaurants. To bring that exact flavour of resturant I have used 'tandoori masala', believe me, do not skip this masala because it will definitely give the taste a big uplift. Chicken bharta goes very well with any rice preparation or naan, kulcha. But pair it with some plain roti to enjoy it's authentic flavour.

Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)


  • 10 - 15 medium size with bone chicken pieces.
  • 2 cups of water.
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed.
  • 5 black peppercorns.
  • 1 big onion, chopped.
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger and garlic paste.
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped.
  • Spice powder (1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 and half teaspoon red chilli powder, 2 tablespoons tandoori masala / chole masala, 1 teaspoon garam masala).
  • Salt and sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream.
  • 1 tablespoon of kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves.
  • Whole spices (1 bay leaf, 4 green cardamom, 8 cloves, 1 small cinnamon stick)
  • 3 tablespoons of mustard oil.
  • 1 boiled egg.

Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)

Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)


Put the chicken pieces with 2 cups of water, crushed garlic, 4 cloves, black peppercorns and some salt. Cook this until chicken becomes soft.
Separate the chicken pieces from the stock. Keep the stock aside.
Shred the boiled chicken with forks or hand and discard the bones.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Heat oil in a pan and add all the whole spices. Saute for few seconds.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Fry the onion with some salt until becomes golden in color.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Then add chopped tomato, some sugar, ginger and garlic paste. Cook for 5 minutes.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Add all the spice powder except garam masala. Mix well for 2 - 3 minutes.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Now add the shreded chicken and salt. Mix well.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Pour the stock and cook for 10 minutes.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Then add some dry fenugreek leaves and cream. Mix well.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Lastly add garam masala and butter to it. Cover the pan and turn off the heat.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)
Let it rest for 5 minutes and then garnish it with boiled egg.
Cooking Step: Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)

Your chicken bharta is ready ...
  • Enjoy this hot with pulao, naan or roti ...

Chicken Bharta (Kolkata style)

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