BUTTER CHICKEN

 A famous punjabi food also known as 'Chicken Makhani' is one of the most popular and mouth watering dish that's been loved by many across the world. Aromatic golden chicken pieces in an incredible creamy curry sauce, this Butter Chicken recipe is one of the best you will try! You will love how easy it is to make in the comfort of your own home especially with Rice. 

INGREDIENTS FOR 4 SERVINGS-

FOR MARINATION- 

  • 500 grams chicken

  • 1 tablespoon refined oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

  • 3/4 cup tomato puree

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1 cinnamon

  • 2 and 1/2 green chillis

  • 2 cloves

  • 250 grams butter

  • 2 red chillis

  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 medium onion

  • 2 handful dried fenugreek leaves

  • 1 teaspoon onion paste

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste

  • 1/4 cup yoghurt (curd)

  • 1 and 1/2 green cardamom

  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste

  • 1/2 teaspoon mace powder

  • 1 black cardamom

  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

FOR GARNISHING- 

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon fresh cream

  • 1/2 handful coriander leaves

LET'S MAKE IT! -

  • Step 1 Prepare the marinade and marinate chicken overnight

Take a large bowl and mix together yoghurt, onion paste, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste, sugar, salt, green cardamoms, black cardamoms, and mace powder. Add pieces of raw chicken in the bowl and mix well. Allow the chicken to marinate overnight. Once the chicken is well marinated, roast it in a tandoor or an oven till its 3/4th done.

  • Step 2 Prepare the ground spices and then blend to make puree for the gravy

Now, heat little butter in a pan over moderate flame. Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies, and crushed coriander seeds. Sauté the ingredients for half a minute. Now in the same pan, add a bit of onion, red chilli powder, coriander powder, Fenugreek  powder and tomatoes. Sauté them for 5 minutes and once done, transfer the mixture in a blender to make a puree.

  • Step 3 Cook marinated chicken in the gravy

Heat the remaining butter in a pan. Add the pureed mixture and bring it to a boil. Add marinated chicken pieces, salt, fresh cream, and mix well. To make sure that the consistency is not too thick, add some water to the mixture. Now add sliced green chillies, crushed fenugreek leaves and let it simmer for few minutes. Bring it to a full boil.

  • Step 4 Garnish Butter Chicken with cream and serve hot

Transfer the dish to a serving bowl and garnish it with coriander leaves and cream. This butter chicken recipe is easy-to-make and can be made by using simple ingredients available in the kitchen. If you're a spice junkie and love all things spicy, then customize this chicken recipe a bit by adding more green chillis or black pepper powder. Try it and relish the burst of Indian flavours. Serve it with naan or rice.

  • Step 5 Tips for making Indian restaurant-style Butter Chicken

1. The size of the chicken matters. If you are using a small and young chicken, 4 hours of marination works. If the chicken you are         using is larger sized or older chicken, marinate it for at least 12 to 16 hours to get tender butter chicken.

2. If you don't have hung curd, you can use thick curd too, but the cooking time might increase.

3. Turn the stove off while adding chilled cream to the gravy otherwise the gravy may curdle. This, or you can take a small amount of gravy in a separate bowl and add the cream. Mix well and then add it to the butter chicken. This way the cream will not curdle.

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