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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Butter Chicken / Murg Makhani



                            

I knew that penning down this post is not going to be easy as my mouth is already watering just mentioning the title itself "Butter Chicken". Even I was young and didn't know much cooking, I used to order this particular dish in almost every restaurant. This is perhaps the most popular chicken item in India after chicken tikka. Being a typical Panjabi dish, milk and milk products are generously used. After much trials I have finally invented the simplest way to prepare this dish. 


Serves: 2, Cooking time: 30-40 minutes, Marination time: 3-4 hours


Ingredients:
 For Marination:
1/2 kg Chicken
1 tbsp Lemon juice
1/2 cup Yogurt
1 inch Ginger
1 tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder
7-8 Garlic pods
3-4 Green chillies
6-7 drops of Orange color 
1 tsp Garam masala
Salt to taste


Masala:
3 meduim sized Onions
4 Tomatoes (pureed)
8-10 Cashews
2 tsp Watermelon seeds
1 1/2 Red chilly powder
1/2 cup Cream
150 gm Butter
1/2 Milk


Method:
Wash the chicken pieces and make incision with a sharp knife on breast and leg pieces of the chicken (this helps in through absorption of the marinated ingredients into the chicken pieces). Make a paste of green chilli, ginger and garlic. Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. 
To prepare the chicken in oven, pre-heat the oven for 10 minutes on 180 Degree Celsius. Grease the tray well and pour the marinated chicken evenly on the tray and bake for 1/2 hours.


                                                      
         To cook it on gas, heat 100 gms butter  in a pan and fry the chicken pieces (in batches) till the color turns pink and the chicken is tender. Keep aside for later use.
Make a paste of onion and fry it in the remaining butter till it turns pink. Make a paste of cashew and watermelon seeds. Add this paste in the pan and stir fry for few minutes (make sure that the  masala does not get burnt or you will not get the desired color). Add tomato puree and fry till the oil floats on top. Add the baked/ fried chicken pieces in the pan and mix well. Pour 1/2 cup milk and stir for 2 minutes. Just before switching off the burner, add cream and stir well. Garnish with the rest of 50 gms butter, chopped coriander leaves and ginger on top.Enjoy this delicious butter chicken with lachha paratha / rumali roti or with plain paratha.


                                                                         

32 comments:

  1. something i love a lot... looks lovely

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  2. Looks yum ...yummy with naan combo...looks so delicious

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  3. Slurppp!!mouthwatering butter chicken...with naan i wont say now to this rich and delicious butter chicken..

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  4. slurppppppppp...pass me tht lovely platter..loveit....i m droooooling...very very eye catchy and lissmacking pics..cute presentation

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  5. Dear Deepa
    It is great recipe I must say..it has been ages, I last cooked butter chicken....have forgotten the recipe too.
    With your recipe I will make a beginning again...very nice photos too.
    Bhalo theko

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  6. Wow! Very tempting pictures. Looks really rich and creamy.
    Looking forward to your delicious entry for my event:-)

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  7. OMG! what a delicious curry, Feeling hngry already

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  8. jioh.... yum yum yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Amrita

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  9. looking so creamy, buttery n yum.. nice clicks too..

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  10. Im a veggie n yet this looks simply delicious to me too!!Interesting space uve got here...Following u now..Do drop into my blog sometime..

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  11. Slurp! Drool! I going hyper hungry! It's appetizing and yummmmmmmm!

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  12. totally agree with you on this deepa..looks incredible!

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  13. Butter chicken looks delicious Deepa.

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  14. ki korecho? fatafati dekhte lagche. ami jodio chicken khaina tao bolchi looks incredible Deepa. khub bhalo mondo ranna korcho ajkal.

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  15. Oh my love it..looks so so delicious,drooling here.

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  16. Simply delicious.. Love it

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  17. OMG! what a delicious curry, Feeling hngry already

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  18. It's our family fav too..love the color you got

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  19. Butter chicken and golden flaky parathas looks so lovely, i wish i could finish entire platter now:)

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  20. my evertime fav dish like to have it with fried rice/roti.. really yummy

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  21. This is TH's favorite... bookmarking this recipe.. YUMM YUMM..

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  22. yummy.. luks delicious
    first time here .. u have a lovely space and good collection of recipes.. happy to follow u ...if u find time do visit my blog

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  23. Wow.... mouthwatering butter chicken.... looks super yummy. Lovely color too.

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  24. Wowo butter chicken looks so so good. Drooling ehre.

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  25. Wow! Looks so creamy and saucy...Wonderful recipe...

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  26. I should say it loooks gorgeous da... Very tempting ...

    Deepa , Madhuri of cook curry -Nook is planning a blog meet in bangalore .. If interested let me know da ...

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  27. looks awesome! one of my favorite chicken preparations.

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  28. Butter chicken sounds yummy and delicious. Paratha and butter chicken makes me hungry now.

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  29. i love butter chicken and the recipe looks perfect! too bad i cant eat it now.. :( anyway im enjoying it virtually!

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  30. This is one of my most fav dishes. It looks really awesome, great presentation..Happy to follow you, Deepa :)

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