Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

"Betty Botter" bought some butter but the butter was so bitter. Nava K bought some butter, but the butter chicken she made with it was delicious. How it is? Not bad huh? Nava K can speak in riddles and she can cook too. Bang! How are you ladies and gentleman? You are literally salivating now? You should over this chicken dish (Cashew Nut Masala Chicken, Honey Chilli Chicken & Ayam Masak Merah), aka Murgh Makhani. A famous fare of Northern Indian origin. Hail the fiery, spicy-buttery-creamy and aromatic tastes of this Butter Chicken (Indian Chicken Curry & Chicken Devil Curry). Shall I leave you alone now? 

400g chicken - cut into bite sizes
2 tbsp salted butter
1 (about 80g) large onion - sliced thinly
2 dried red chillies - cut into 2 or 3 pieces
3 sprigs curry leaves

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

Mix chicken with the ingredients listed 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.


  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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