Recipe of how to make Bengali Kosha Mangsho using Chicken.

Bengali Style Chicken Kosha Recipe

Bengali Kosha Mangsho is a revered and classic dish from Bengal, celebrated for its deep flavors and rich gravy. Here’s what makes Kosha Mangsho special, why it holds a beloved place in many hearts, how best to enjoy it, and the best occasions to serve it:

Learn how to make traditional Bengali Kosha Mangsho, a flavorful chicken curry.

Bengali Kosha Mangsho make it using Zorabian Chicken Breast Boneless 450g

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes,
Cooking Time: 60 Minutes,
Total Time: 80 Minutes

A traditional Bengali dish made with chicken, slow-cooked with aromatic spices and served with rice or bread.


  • 1 Packet Zorabian Pre-Cut Chicken Skinless (900gms)
  • 3 onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-5 green cardamom pods
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp mustard oil
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Marinate the Chicken

    In a bowl, mix chicken pieces with yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Cooking Kosha Mangsho

    Heat mustard oil in a deep pan. Add bay leaves, cardamom pods, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Stir fry for a minute.

  3. Add Onions and Spices

    Add sliced onions to the pan and sauté until golden brown. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, and cook for another few minutes until fragrant.

  4. Cook the Chicken

    Add marinated chicken pieces along with chopped tomatoes. Cook on medium-high heat until the chicken is browned and oil separates from the masala.

  5. Simmer

    Add water as needed to adjust the consistency. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the gravy thickens.

  6. Finish and Serve

    Sprinkle garam masala powder and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve hot Bengali Kosha Mangsho with steamed rice or paratha.

What’s Special about Bengali Kosha Mangsho?

Kosha Mangsho translates to ‘sauteed meat’ and is typically made with mutton (Mutton Kosha), you can use chicken too (Chicken Kosha). What sets it apart is its slow-cooking process, where the meat is meticulously cooked in spices over a low flame until it turns dark, almost caramelized, and the oil separates from the gravy. This method not only enhances the meat’s flavor but also allows the spices, including cumin, coriander, and garam masala, to fully develop and infuse the dish with a robust, aromatic profile.

Why People Love It

  1. Rich Flavor Profile: The blend of spices and the slow-cooking process create a depth of flavor that is both complex and comforting.
  2. Cultural Significance: Kosha Mangsho is a dish often prepared for special occasions and festivals, making it a symbol of celebration and hospitality in Bengali culture.
  3. Texture and Taste: The tender meat, combined with the thick, spicy gravy, offers a satisfying culinary experience that appeals to lovers of hearty, flavorful dishes.

Best Ways to Have Kosha Mangsho

  • With Luchi: Serving Kosha Mangsho with luchi (deep-fried bread) is a classic combination, ideal for breakfast or brunch.
  • With Basmati Rice: The aromatic basmati rice pairs wonderfully with the rich gravy, making it a perfect lunch or dinner option.
  • With Parathas or Naan: The soft breads are great for scooping up the meat and gravy, providing a fulfilling meal.

Best Time/Occasion to Have It

  • Durga Puja: This is arguably the most significant time for Kosha Mangsho, where it’s often cooked as part of the celebrations.
  • Poila Boishakh (Bengali New Year): A festive time when traditional foods like Kosha Mangsho are prepared to mark the new year with family and friends.
  • Family Gatherings and Weekends: Its preparation, while time-consuming, makes it a great dish for leisurely weekends or family gatherings, where the cooking process itself becomes a part of the enjoyment.

Kosha Mangsho’s allure lies not only in its taste but also in its ability to evoke nostalgia and gather people together, making it much more than just a meal—it’s an experience enriched with flavors and traditions.

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