Chicken Tehari | Bangladeshi Chicken Tehari Recipe | Step-By-Step Recipe

Bangladeshi Chicken Tehari is a very famous and delicious recipe of making or mixing chicken with rice. I personally find this recipe very easy to make and it seems like an alternative to making Biryani but in a very easy & quick steps. But Tehari is a lighter brown, beige color mostly.(if you cook it in a right way) whereas “Biryani is more yellow, reddish because of the saffron and spices masala that we add while making biryani.

But What exactly is Chicken Tehari? Chicken Tehari is an aromatic and mouthwatering rice dish popular throughout Bangladesh, where the chicken is nicely cooked in a very light gravy made of yogurt and aromatic spices and then mixed later with prepared rice and cooked on lowest of heat to be served mostly with raita or salad. In fact, In Bangladesh, Tehri refers to Biryani prepared by adding the meat to the rice, as opposed to traditional Biryani where the rice is added to the meat.

Chicken Tehari recipe, personally reminded me of having Yakhni Pulao. It is light and wholesome with aromatic spices and curd base gravy, this chicken-rice ‘Tehari’ recipe will surely make your weekend lunch a peaceful one that you will remember!

Chicken Tehari | Bangladeshi Chicken Tehari

Ingredients To Make Chicken Gravy:

Chicken (large pieces with bones)750 gm
Bay leaves 2
Green Cardamom5
Cinnamon Stick2
Onion (sliced)2 large size
Garlic Paste1 tbsp
Ginger Paste1 tbsp
Plain Yogurt/Curd1/2 cup
Nutmeg Powder (Jaiphal)1/4 tsp
Mace Powder (Javitri)1/4 tsp
Black Pepper1 tsp
Dried Prunes5-6
SaltTo Taste
Sugar1 tsp
Olive Oil2 tbsp
Mustard Oil2 tbsp
(tbsp-tablespoon; tsp-teaspoon)

Rice Ingredients:

White Basmati Rice500 g
Black Cumin Seeds (Shahi Jeera)1/2 tsp
Onion (sliced)2 medium size
Green Chilies (sliced)5-6 chilies
Salt1 tsp/To Taste
Hot Water750 ml
Fried Brown Onions (optional)To Garnish
Olive Oil 2 tbsp
Mustard Oil1 tbsp
(tbsp-tablespoon; tsp-teaspoon)


  • Wash and soak basmati rice in a bowl for at least 30 minutes to 1hr before cooking. Drain the water and keep it aside.

How To Cook:

Step 1: In a heated pan, add cooking oil and mustard oil, add bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and onion. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste. Fry 6-7 minutes over medium flame.

Step 2: Add chicken pieces, Sauté chicken at high heat for 10 minutes, turn the flame on low; cover & cook the chicken for 10 minutes. (toss & turn in between to avoid sticking & burning)

Step 3: Remove the lid, add yogurt/curd, sprinkle nutmeg powder, mace powder, and dried prunes. Mix & Stir over medium flame. Cover & Slow Simmer 20 minutes over low-medium flame, occasionally stirring in between. The chicken will have gravy that will be mixed with rice.

Step 4: In another pan, add mustard oil, cooking oil, and chopped onions. Sauté onions until they are slightly brown. Add soaked basmati rice, hot water, and salt to taste. Close the lid and cook rice until it’s 90% done at high heat.

Step 5: Add chicken mix into the pan with rice and mix them all together. Add green chilies and garnish with fried brown onions.

Step 6: Cover with a lid & Cook tehari further over low heat. Cook for 15-20 mins at lowest heat or dome (dome is a process to cook at a very low heat on closed lid). Serve Hot.

Chicken Tehari | Bangladeshi Chicken Tehari

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