Poshto Chicken/Chicken in Poppy seeds gravy

Poshto Chicken (Poppy seeds/Khus khus is ‘Poshto’ in Bengali) was a childhood favourite dish of mine which I later learned to cook from my mother. Succulent chicken pieces coated in thick, aromatic poppy seeds paste, this is something unmatchable. A must try if you’ve not had this before. 🙂

Poshto Chicken
Poshto Chicken

Poshto Chicken/Chicken in Poppy seeds gravy

Poshto Chicken is a Bengali delicacy where succulent chicken pieces cooked in thick, garam masala spiced, poppy seeds gravy. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword gluten-free
Servings 4
Author Chandrima


  • 1kg (medium sized pieces)- Chicken
  • Onion paste of 2 medium sized onions
  • 50 grams- Poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp- Garlic paste
  • ½ tsp- Turmeric powder
  • Few slitted green chilies
  • 1/4 cup- Vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • ¾ tsp- Kashmiri mirch powder
  • 1 tbsp- Sugar
  • tbsp- Ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/4 tsp- Garam masala powder

For tempering

  • 2 (broken into halves)- Whole dry red chilies
  • 4 (lightly crushed)- Green cardamom
  • 3 pieces (1″)- Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (lightly crushed)- Whole Black peppercorn


  1. Wash and grind poppy seeds in a food processor with 1 green chili and water. The paste will be thick, not watery. So, stop the processor in between and keep adding little amount of water. Blitz until smooth paste forms, keep aside.

  2. Heat oil in a deep frying pan, temper with all the ingredients mentioned ‘for tempering’, stir for a few seconds. Add onion paste and sauté until light brown in color. 

  3. Then add green chilies, turmeric powder, kashmiri mirch powder, and garlic paste. Mix and stir for a minute on medium heat. 

  4. Next to add the freshly washed chicken pieces and salt, mix well. Cover and cook, stir in between. 

  5. When the chicken is half cooked, add poppy seed paste and 1/2 cup of water. Mix well, cover and cook over low heat until the chicken is done. If you feel the gravy is drying up then only add some hot water at this stage. 

  6. Next to add sugar, garam masala powder, and ghee. Mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  7. Remove from the heat. Serve hot with roti, luchi, paratha, naan or rice.

Poshto Chicken
Poshto Chicken

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