Shahi Kathal Or Jackfruit Korma/Mughlai Kathal korma

Shahi kathal or jackfruit korma. A lipsmackingly delicious and aromatic Mughlai style jackfruit curry with rich creamy gravy. A delectable shahi korma recipe for vegetarian people.

I have served this delicious kathal korma with jeera rice, roti, salad, raita and Mango chutney.

Here are some more korma and Mughlai recipes from this blog. Try these recipes to enjoy the scrumptious taste.

1. Shahi lotus stem korma

2. Okra or bhindi korma

3. Soya nugget korma

4. Savoury rasgulla korma

5. Egg korma

6. Chicken rezala

7. Chicken chaap

To make the gravy rich creamy and thick I have used cashew nuts, almond, poppy seeds and coconut. These ingredients also made the curry super tasty. Sauteed and ground onion garlic tomato and whole spices will make your curry smooth and perfectly creamy. Aromatic whole and powder spices and Kewra water made the curry extremely flavorful.

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Jackfruit or kathal – 3 cup, peeled and cubed

Onion – 1, chopped

Garlic – 3 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 teaspoon

Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Salt to taste

Curd or yogurt – 3 tablespoon

Nutmeg or jaiphal powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Mace or javitri powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon


1. Rinse the jackfruit cubes well and drain the water completely. Fry the jackfruit pieces in oil and keep aside.

2. In the same oil add bay leaf, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Add chopped onion, garlic, ginger and green chilli. Fry till onion becomes light brown. Add chopped tomato. Saute till tomato becomes mushy.

3. Transfer the mixture in a grinder jar and let it cool down. Discard the bay leaf, add 4 tablespoon water and grind into a smooth paste.

4. Soak the almond in hot water and peel when cool. Grind cashew nuts and poppy seeds into a fine powder. Add peeled almond and grated coconut and grind again.

5. Add curd, nutmeg powder,,mace powder, 3 tablespoon water and blend to make smooth paste.

6. Mix ghee or clarified butter with oil and heat. Add ground onion garlic tomato mixture, cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Saute for 1-2 minutes. Or till oil leaves the sides. Keep the flame low medium.

7. Now add ground cashew nuts, almond and poppy seeds mixture and saute till oil separates.

8. Add fried jackfruit pieces, salt and mix. Saute for 2 minutes more. Stir to avoid sticking to the bottom.

9. Add water and mix. Cover and let it cook till Jackfruit pieces becomes tender and you get your desired consistency. If you need more gravy add little more water. But don’t make runny. Gravy should be thick and creamy.

10. Add sugar and cook for a minute. Taste and adjust salt if required. Add 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom powder and 1 teaspoon Kewra water. Mix and remove from heat.

11. Give a standing time. Let it covered for 5-6 minutes before serving. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and serve with naan, butter naan, roti, rumali roti, paratha, jeera rice, steamed rice or pulao.

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Chicken Rezala

Chicken rezala. A mughlai dish which is very famous in Bengal. Chicken rezala is a yogurt based fragrant rich creamy curry. Yogurt, whole spices and Kewra water made the dish aromatic and delicious.

First time I tasted famous rezala of Sabir in Kolkata with my elder sister Chhobidi and brother in law long years ago. But still remember the taste. Chhobidi and brother in-law were left for heavenly abode. But I am dedicating this post to their younger daughter and my lovely niece Ellora Roy.

I have shared some more chicken recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Chicken chaap

2. Chicken clear soup

3. Chicken dak bungalow

4. Zafrani chicken

5. Chicken kosha

6. Sikkimese chicken curry

7. Hariyali chicken

8. Easy spicy pressure cooker chicken

9. Andhra chicken curry

Monday again and this week its time for dahi/curd or yogurt. 294 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Dahi Dhamal suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. Priya has amazing collection of authentic South Indian recipes with different types of continental recipes. I have to try her Bean corn Quesadilla and Keerai sambhar soon.

To make this chicken rezala you have to marinate the chicken pieces in yogurt or curd/dahi and some spices for atleast an hour. You can marinate the chicken for overnight in refrigerator. Make a smooth paste of poppy seeds and cashew nuts. For easy grinding soak poppy seeds and cashew nuts in hot water. Or you can dry grind the poppy seeds first. I always store some dry ground poppy seeds. Just add little water with dry ground poppy seeds and grind for a few seconds. You will get perfectly ground smooth paste for your curry. For better result cook chicken rezala with ghee or clarified butter. But if you don’t want to use ghee use any vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon ghee. I have used 1 tablespoon Mustard oil in marination and refined white oil with ghee for cooking. You can also marinate with the chicken with ghee or any white oil.


Chicken – 500 gram

Curd/dahi oryogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 4 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon

Ghee – 1 tablespoon

Onion – 2 large

Green chilli – 5 – 6 or to taste

Cashew nuts – 12

Poppy seeds – 2 tablespoon

Bay leaf – 2

Dry red chilli – 5

Black cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1&1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 4

Saffron – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Water – 1&1/2 cup

Kewra water – 2- 3 drops


1. Clean and wash the chicken well. Drain the water completely. Marinate with curd, black pepper powder, ginger garlic paste, salt and 1 tablespoon oil or ghee. I have used mustard oil in marination but you can use any oil. Mix well, cover and keep in refrigerator for an hour. You can keep the marinated chicken overnight in refrigerator. But if you don’t have time marinate the chicken at least 30 minutes to one hour.

2. Soak the cashew nuts and poppy seeds in hot water. This time I have used dry ground poppy seeds so soaked only cashew nuts in little hot water till cashew nuts becomes soft. Soaking will make your grinding easy. You can dry grind the poppy seeds or khas khas into a fine powder and store in an airtight container in refrigerator to make your cooking easy. Grind the cashew nuts, poppy seeds and green chilli into a smooth paste and keep aside.

3. Also grind the onion into smooth paste separately.

4. Lightly crush the green cardamom in a mortar pestle. Soak saffron in 1/4 cup hot milk.

5..Heat oil and ghee or clarified butter in a pan or wok. You can use only ghee if you like or skip ghee and make with oil only. But for better taste use little ghee. I have used only 1 tablespoon. You can use any refined vegetable oil.

6. Now add bay leaves, crushed green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and dry red chilli. Fry for a few seconds or until whole spices becomes fragrant. Spices shouldn’t be burnt. Add onion paste and saute till oil leaves the sides.

7. Take out the chicken from marinated mixture and mix with sauteed onion paste. Add salt. Be careful while adding salt. We already used salt in marination. Stir well. Cover and stir in between.

8. Cook till chicken dried up and oil floats on top. Don’t forget to check and stir in regular interval to avoid sticking to the bottom. Add cashew nuts, poppy seeds and green chilli paste. Saute and till oil leaves the sides.

9. Add soaked saffron and water.Add warm water as require to make gravy. I have used 1 cup first and added 1/2 cup more warm water because chicken was about to dried up and still little uncooked.

10. Cover and cook till chicken becomes soft. Timing depends on the quality of chicken. So keep an eye and check in between.

11. Taste and adjust the salt. Add Kewra water mix and remove from heat. Garnish with saffron and fried dry red chilli and serve with steamed rice, pulao, rumali roti, naan, tandoori roti, paratha or simple fulka roti or any Indian flat bread.

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