Safaid murgh gulabi (chicken and rose petal curry)

Rose petals add fragrance and flavour to this creamy dream of a curry with mint speckled rice from Monisha Bharadwaj
By Monisha Bharadwaj
Safaid murgh gulabi (chicken and rose petal curry)
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 3 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 600 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 150 ml natural yogurt
  • 4 cm ginger, ground to a paste
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • tsp ground cardamom
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp rose essence, or rose water

For the mint rice

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 400 ml water
  • 200 g basmati rice

For the garnish

  • 1 mango, finely sliced
  • 1 handfuls chopped coriander
  • 1 dashes of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp pink rose petals


1. Cover the cashew nuts with four tablespoons of water and leave to soak for 10 minutes.2. Heat the oil in a saucepan and lightly fry the chicken for five minutes until golden.3. Add the yoghurt, ground ginger, chillies and cardamom powder. Season with a little salt. 4. Cover and cook until the chicken is tender, for 10-12 minutes.5. Puree the soaked cashew nuts in a blender and then stir into the chicken.6. Simmer for a couple of minutes, adding a little water for the sauce if necessary, and remove from the heat. 7. Just before serving, add the cream and rose essence.8. For the rice, heat the oil in a saucepan and stir in the Basmati rice and the mint. Fry for two to three minutes.9. Add the water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.10. Take the pan off the heat and leave to stand (still covered) for five minutes, so that the rice absorbs the steam and fluffs up.11. Serve the rice with the mango slices, scattered with the coriander and drizzled with a little lemon juice.12. Sprinkle the chicken with pink rose petals and serve immediately with the rice.

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