Saturday, May 16, 2009

Butter chicken

Butter chicken is a kind of less spicy but creamy side-dish prepared in India. Due to its silky texture and lesser spice it is loved all over the world. So if you are new to Indian cuisine but eager to try some Indian restaurant then you can safely go for a butter chicken. I am sure you will become addicted to that creamy chicken with lots cashews and butter. The origin of butter chicken can be traced back to the Mughal period. It is a common dish in Delhi restaurants. Even though general recipe of butter chicken is well known, the actual flavor can vary from restaurant to restaurant even within India. Butter chicken is usually served with naan, roti, parathas or steamed rice.
Including this silky butter chicken for the event 'Potluck - chicken' hosted by me.

Butter chicken / Murg Makhani :



Ingredients:
Chicken (boneless & skinless) - 2 lb
thick curd - 2 tbsp 
Red Onion - 1 (50 gm)
Tomato - 3 (100 gm)
cashew nut - a handful (20 numbers)
Butter - 100 gm (1 bar / 8 tbsp)
ginger - 2 inch
garlic - 6 pods
salt - to taste
Chilly powder - 1 1/2 tsp
coriander powder - 2 tsp
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
fennel seed - 1/2 tsp
cloves - 6
cardamom - 4
bay leaf - 2
cinnamon - 1 inch
oil - 4 tbsp
dried methi leaves (kasuri methi) - 2 tbsp
fresh cream - 2 tbsp (or) whole milk - 1 cup

Method:

1.Grind ginger and garlic to a fine paste.

2.Clean the chicken pieces in running water. Again apply 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and wash finally.
Cut it in to medium size squares. Pat dry with a paper towel.
Apply salt, ginger garlic paste, thick yogurt 2 tbsp and mix well.
Let it marinate for an hour.

3.Then heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok and fry the chicken pieces just till the chicken becomes golden grown in the outside.
(No need to cook it till crispy).
Take out the fried chicken.

4.Add another tbsp oil and fry the chopped onion to golden. Keep aside.

5.In a lidded vessel cook the whole tomatoes with 1 cup of water till their skin cracks.
Let it cool.

6.Peel the skin and grind the tomato along with cashews, fried onion, cumin seed, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon. fennel seeds.
Mix the masala with fried chicken, red chilly powder, coriander powder, red food color , salt and mix well.

7.Melt butter in a pan, add cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, fennel and add the mixtue.
Fry well till the gravy thickens.
Finally garnish with chopped cilantro, fresh cream (optional) and dried methi leaves.
Butter chicken is ready!

serving suggestions:

Serve as side dish with any Indian bread.
Goes well with Naan , paratha , plain rice and chapathi.

Note:
I did not add any fresh cream before serving. But if you like a less spicy version , then add a tbsp of fresh cream per serving.
Instead I have added 1 cup whole milk.
Decorated the dish with my home-grown mint leaf:)
Instead of frying the chicken pieces, we can bake them in oven at 375 dec C for 20 minutes and use as told above.

33 comments:

Padma said...

Butter chicken looks great Viki... my son will love to have it with chapathi's/Naan :)

Ushanandini said...

Butter chicken looks creamy and yum....lovely butter chicken!

Poornima Nair said...

Looks delicious....its great that u've not added any cream.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Looks so good. My mouth is watering here...

Ashwini said...

looks delicious and creamy.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow Viki, this is a yummy dish!!! Butter chicken looks creamy and rich slurrrp!!!

Priya said...

Yummy butter chicken VIki..will post my chicken dishes soon...butter chicken makes me hungry!

ARUNA said...

that gravy looks so tempting......!

kittymatti said...

very nice picture and recipe vicky!

duodishes.com said...

Although we've never had it, it sounds so good.

Subhie Arun said...

looks grt yar...v tempting...

Smitha said...

Nice recipe. My sister makes it very well n it looked just like yours.

Smitha said...

Nice recipe. My sister makes it very well n it looked just like yours.

Renuka said...

Butter chicken looks yummy Viki..willtry this out and let you know :)

Vrinda said...

Yummy creamy butter chicken,Viki..Great recipe and perfect for ur event...

Pooja said...

Yummy n creamy butter chicken. Perfect for your event :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

I love butter chicken...yours looks so rich...yummy :)

Suparna said...

hi viki,
butter chicken looks so creamy and rich ...love it, it's bn a long time I've had it now :( think I should go for it .
tc

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

This is my all time favourite..never tried at home...
Thank u for join as a follower in my blog...

Ammu said...

Looks great & delicious.

Kayal said...

I love this butter chicken, but never tried it....your recipe looks so simple and delicious.

Premyscakes said...

delicious dear!! looks creamy inspite of no cream!!

Jeena said...

Butter chicken looks gorgeous. :-)

Malar Gandhi said...

Love the close up shot, like to eat it with naan or roti, appetizinggggg!!!

Cham said...

Give me some naan I will finnish ur bowl!

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Rina said...

Hi Vikki, who doesn't like butter chicken !!!!!!!!. I think it is a curry which has an international fame..I post a chicken recipe on my blog to participate in your potluck chicken event..will send my entry soon.

Akal's Saappadu said...

I love butter chicken especially with the rotis, yummm, looks perfect and delicious,

perfect entry for the event; home grown mint has an extra greeny color and taste, right? (that's my proud impression :)

Ammu said...

Lovely dish, there is something waiting for u in my blog.

zlamushka said...

Chicken murgh makhani is my favorite. Love the richness, creaminess and spiciness of it. Looks soo yummy on your plate :-)

lissie said...

yummy butter chicken... very good snap!

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