Authentic Bengali Style Chicken Kosha Recipe in 2023

In this blog, we’re going to discover the secrets behind a delicious “Bengali Style Chicken Kosha Recipe“. For those unfamiliar with this classic Indian dish, it is a rich and flavorful fragrant chicken kosha/kasha, cooked in a pan with a special blend of Indian spices. 

We’ll be exploring the key ingredients and techniques used to make the perfect Kosha, so you can recreate this classic dish in your own kitchen.

We’ll start by discussing the ingredients needed to make this recipe; from the specific types of Indian spices to the perfect balance of aromatics and herbs. We will also look at the best way to cook the chicken, to ensure it is perfectly tender and flavorful. 

Chicken Kosha Recipe Bengali Style
Chicken Kosha Recipe Bengali Style

How To Cook Perfect Chicken Kosha?

How to master the art of cooking the Chicken Kosha dish?? Finally, we’ll share some delicious variations of the classic recipe, so you can switch things up and be creative in the kitchen. 

By the end of this blog, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to make a delicious Chicken Kosha. So why not give it a go? You won’t regret it.

Chicken Kosha Recipe Bengali Style

Chicken Kosha Recipe (Bengali Style)

Recipes By Anjali
A good kosha mangsho or chicken kosha should have a brown texture outside and a slice of juicy, white meat inside.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • 500 grams Chicken Thighs
  • 5 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 4 pcs Onion
  • Whole Garam Masala
  • 2 tbsp Ginger & Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt
  • ½ tbsp Sugar
  • ½ tbsp Garam Masala Powder
  • ½ tbsp Ghee or Clarified Butter
  • ½ cup Water


Ingredients needed to Cook Chicken Kosha

  • Chicken Thighs (500 gm) 
  • Mustard Oil  (5tbsp) or (as per your need and taste)
  • Onion (4 medium sizes) /sliced/Grated/Paste.
  • Whole Garam Masala (Tej Patta and Red Dry Chilli – You can add cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon stick)
  • Ginger & Garlic Paste (2tsp)
  • Tomato Sliced/Puree (1 medium size)
  • Cumin Powder (1 tsp)
  • Coriander Powder (1tsp)
  • Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder (1 tbsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1 ½ tbsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Sugar (½ tbsp)
  • Garam Masala Powder (½ tbsp)
  • Ghee or Clarified Butter (½ tbsp)
  • Water (½ cup)

Process of Making The Kosha Chicken Recipe

  • Clean and wash the chicken pieces with fresh tap water.
  • Add salt and water to the chicken and rest it for 30mins-1hour (it cleans the chicken leaving zero smell).
  • Marinate the chicken with all powdered spices for a minimum 30mins -1 hour (You can leave it overnight as well).
    1. Cumin Powder (1 tsp)
    2. Coriander Powder (1tsp)
    3. Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder (1 tbsp)
    4. Turmeric Powder (1 1/2 tsp)
    5. Salt (to taste)
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add whole garam masala ( tej patta and dry red chilli or shukno lonka as foron).
  • Now add all the sliced/grated onion into the pan and fry them until become caramelized.
  • Then add ginger and garlic paste. Fry them until the raw smell of garlic has gone.
  • Add chopped tomatoes or tomato puree and cook them till become soft and tender.
  •  Add 1 tbsp of water so that the dry spices do not get burnt. Braise(koshano) all the masala until the gravy starts leaving oil from the sides.
  • Now add the marinated chicken pieces into the pan and mix well with the gravy.
  • Cook for 5 minutes on medium to a low flame by stirring it constantly.
  • Then add 1/2 cup of water, mix it well and cover the pan with a heavy lid. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken pieces become soft and tender. Cook on low flame.
  • After that, open the lid and stir the curry well. If you feel the curry becomes dry, then add some more splash of warm water.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Lastly, when our curry is ready and the chicken becomes soft, add sugar, garam masala powder, and ghee(or butter). The consistency of the gravy should be thick and not too much runny. 
  • Mix everything well and switch off the flame.

Tips for Serving

Serve with Steamed Hot Rice, Roti, Butter Naan, Egg Fried Rice, Paratha (Porota), and there are so many others on this list.

Some FAQs About Chicken Kosha Recipe

  1. What is Chicken Kosha?

    Chicken Kosha is a traditional Indian dish made with succulent chicken cooked in a spice-infused gravy. It is rich and flavorful, with a blend of Indian spices.

  2. What are the key ingredients in Chicken Kosha?

    Key ingredients in Chicken Kosha include chicken thighs, mustard oil, onion, whole garam masala, ginger & garlic paste, tomato, cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, sugar, garam masala powder, ghee, and water.

  3. What are the steps to make Chicken Kosha?

    The steps to make Chicken Kosha include cleaning and marinating the chicken, cooking the spices and onion, adding the chicken to the pan, cooking for 10-15 minutes, adding sugar, garam masala powder and ghee, and stirring everything together.

  4. How long does it take to make Chicken Kosha?

    The total time to make Chicken Kosha is approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, including preparation time and cooking time.

  5. What can I serve with Chicken Kosha?

    Chicken Kosha can be served with steamed hot rice, roti, butter naan, egg fried rice, paratha (porota), or any other side dish of your choice.


In conclusion, the chicken kosha recipe is a delicious, simple, and easy-to-make dish with Indian flavors.

It produces a delightful and flavorful meal that can be served on its own or as part of a larger spread using a marinade of spices, a base of onions, and a combination of ingredients.

Indian cuisine’s Chicken Kosha offers delicate chicken cooked in gravy flavoured with spices. It is a simple dish to cook, however it require some time and patience. This recipe-making guide will helps you to cook mouthwatering Chicken Kosha.

You can also check the Egg Fried Rice Recipe.

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