Bangladeshi Chicken Tehari (Traditional Chicken-Rice recipe from Bangladesh)

Today I’ll be sharing a traditional Chicken and Rice dish i.e. Bangladeshi Chicken Tehari. The specialty of this dish is it is cooked in mustard oil. It is a very easy and quick recipe using minimalist spices. This is cooked in two steps. First the chicken is cooked and then the rice is partly cooked separately. And finally these two are combined together to make this beautiful complete dish. First I had this dish in one of my friend’s house who has her root from Bangladesh. Her grandmother was an excellent cook. I just followed her recipe. I hope you are going to like it too. Serve it with simple cucumber and onion raita. And you are done! If you are fond of mutton then you can try my ‘Dhakai Mutton Tehari’ recipe too.



For cooking chicken:

  • Chicken on Bones – 700 gms
  • Bay Leaf – 2-3
  • Cinnamon – 1”
  • Clove – 3-4
  • Green Cardamom – 3-4
  • Black Cardamom – 1
  • Onion – 1 (Big – Thinly sliced)
  • Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  • Ginger Paste – 2 tsp
  • Yogurt – ¼ cup
  • Black Pepper Powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Mace Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Nutmeg Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Mustard Oil – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – To taste

For cooking rice:

  • Chinigura Rice or Basmati Rice – 400 gms
  • Onion – 1 (Big – Chopped)
  • Mustard Oil – ¼ cup
  • Salt – To taste
  • Green Chilli – 5-6
  • Keora Water – 1 tsp
  • Milk – 1 cup


  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
  2. Temper the oil with whole spices and bay leaf.
  3. Add sliced onion and fry till it turns translucent.
  4. Next add chicken pieces and salt. Sauté for couple of minutes.
  5. Add garlic and ginger paste and mix well. Cover and cook till chicken is half done.
  6. Remove the cover and add nutmeg powder, mace powder, black pepper powder and yogurt. Mix well. Cover and cook for a while. Remove from fire and keep aside.
  7. Take another heavy bottomed large pan and heat ¼ cup mustard oil.
  8. Add chopped onion and fry till translucent.
  9. Next add washed and soaked rice and fry till it turns opaque.
  10. Add salt and green chilli. Remember that salt has already been added in chicken.
  11. Now add the cooked chicken on rice. Mix with light hand.
  12. Add 3 cups of water and 1 cup of milk. The water and rice ratio should be 2:1.
  13. Cover and cook till rice are done and all water gets dried up.
  14. Sprinkle 1 tsp ‘Keora Water’ and give a standing time of 10-15 minutes.

2 thoughts on “Bangladeshi Chicken Tehari (Traditional Chicken-Rice recipe from Bangladesh)

  1. Hello, thank you for this recipe. I am american and my husband is from Bangladesh. It is difficult for me sometimes to know and how to cook his traditional foods. I am going to give this one a try today and I will let you know how it goes.


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