Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani is a famous dish of Northern Indian origin. Made with butter, spices, chillies, yogurt and curry leaves for the spicy-buttery-creamy and aromatic flavours. That's about all I can say about the dish which goes well rice or tosai and chappati.  

400g chicken - cut into bite sizes
2 tbsp salted butter
1 (about 80g) large onion - sliced thinly
7 dried red chillies - cut into 2 or 3 pieces
3 sprigs curry leaves
1/2 (about 100g) red capsicum - diced (optional or other other suitable veg)
Salt for taste

For the Curry Paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1/2 tbsp meat curry powder
1/2 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tbsp almond powder (alternatively use kas-kas or cashew nut - powdered)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala/all spice powder
2 tbsp yogurt
Salt to taste

Mix chicken with the ingredients for the curry paste. 
Keep aside.  
Into heated butter, saute onion and chillies.   
Add chicken and stir well.
Pour water - enough to cook chicken and for a thick gravy.
Season with salt
Simmer and cook till chicken is cooked. 
Add curry leaves, stir a couple of time and remove from heat. 
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  1. Oh this just look divine! It sounds so exotic and delicious :)

  2. look delish,and the spices are my favorites,definitelly i have to try this recipe,thanks for sharing :)

  3. Hot stuff. This is one of my husband's favorite dishes :) Buzzed!

  4. Your dish looks fantastic. I've never seen it or heard of anything like it before. I especially like the curry paste, though I've never seen almond powder. I could just put almonds through my food processor until finely ground for the same thing?

  5. This looks delicious! I can imagine mopping up the gravy with freshly made roti!

  6. thanks all you beautiful people for the beautiful comments, sincerely appreciate it very much.

  7. I love Butter Chicken - what a great recipe!

  8. Oh - wow! This sounds amazing! I love the homemade curry paste...delicious! I could take a big bite of it now - as long as it was mild curry!

  9. Thank you everyone, do try out for its really simple style of cooking but do need quite a bit of ingredients.

  10. The butter chicken here in New Zealand is way much different, I guess it is designed for the Kiwi taste buds as it uses a lot of cream

  11. That is one easy recipe, I will try it out :)

  12. Wow, looks so flavourful... i always make this with a generous amount of butter... you have shown a good recipe with less butter :)


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