Butter chicken or chicken makhani


For the sauce:
1 medium onion chopped
3 large tomatoes chopped
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp mango powder (amchur)
1 tsp dried kasuri methi
1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup single cream
For the marinade:
400 gms boneless chicken
2 tbsp plain low fat yoghurt
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder


Cut the chicken into strips. In a bowl add the marinade ingredients - yoghurt, oil, cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder. Add the chicken and coat it well. Leave it to marinade for at least 30 minutes.
In a non-stick pan, heat 1 tbsp oil on medium heat. Add the bay leaf and cloves and fry for a minute. Add the onions and fry until lightly brown.
Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the ginger paste, garlic paste, cumin powder and coriander powder. Cook for a couple of minutes.
Turn the heat off and once the onions and tomatoes mixture has cooled, remove the bay leaf and cloves (you can leave it in if you wish) and blend the mixture to a fine paste.
Heat up the same pan, add 1 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter. Add the chicken pieces and fry on medium heat until the chicken is almost cooked.
Add the tomato paste to the chicken, add salt, mango powder (amchur) and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the sugar and kashmiri chilli powder. Crush the kasuri methi leaves and add to the sauce. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Turn the heat off and add the single cream. Mix well.
Garnish with coriander and serve with hot parathas or rice.


All the ingredients are easily available at local grocery stores or even in supermarkets. I generally marinate the chicken for 4-5 hours or sometimes overnight but 30 minutes should be good. Adjust the chilli as per your taste. I have also used kashmiri chilli powder which is milder but has a lot of flavour and gives the sauce a nice colour. One more thing, don't get intimidated by the long list of ingredients (I am saying so because I usually do!). If I can make it so can you! ;)


Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:25pm


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