How to make Kombdi Rassa -

Chicken cooked in traditional Maharashtrian style.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Chicken on Bone, Grated Dried Coconut

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Chicken

Kombdi Rassa

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The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kombdi Rassa Recipe

  • Chicken on Bone cut into 8 pieces on the bone 750 grams

  • Grated Dried Coconut 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cinnamon sticks 2 one-inch

  • Stone flower (dagad phool) 1 teaspoon

  • Onions 2 medium

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Grated dried coconut 1/2 cup

  • Bay leaves 4

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Seeded dried red chillies soaked in hot water 5-6

  • Soaked rice 1 tablespoon

  • Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat a non-stick pan, add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, stone flower and roast. Slice 1 onion and add to the spices and continue to roast.

Step 2

Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan. Chop 1 onion finely.

Step 3

Add dried coconut to the first pan and roast.

Step 4

Add bay leaves and chopped onions to the second pan and saute.

Step 5

When the coconut turns golden, transfer the mixture into a mixer jar.

Step 6

Add ginger-garlic paste to the second pan and saute for 1 minute. Add chicken, salt and turmeric powder and mix well.

Step 7

Add red chillies and soaked rice to the mixer jar. Add a little water and grind.

Step 8

Add 1 cup water to the chicken and mix. Cover and cook till the chicken is almost done.

Step 9

Add the ground masala and mix well. Add garam masala powder and mix. Adjust salt and mix. Cover and cook till chicken is completely cooked.

Step 10

Serve hot.

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