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Butter Chicken

Raj Bhalla
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Prep Time
180 minutes
Cook Time
6 People
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ABOUT Butter Chicken RECIPE

When you are a carnivore in India, irrespective of where you live, chances are that you have eaten or heard about Butter Chicken or Murg Makhani.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Festive
  • North Indian
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 6

  1. 1 Tandoori chicken.
  2. 8-10 medium size tomatoes.
  3. 5-6 Green cardamoms.
  4. 2-3 small chips of cinnamon.
  5. cream 200 grams.
  6. butter 4-5 table spoons
  7. ginger and Green chilli julienes. Take the seeds out.
  8. 1 tablespoon honey
  9. salt to taste
  10. 1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chilli Powder.
  11. 1 tablepoon Garam masala
  12. Kasuri methi
  13. cardamom Powder


  1. First we are going to make the Makhani gravy. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a pan on medium heat. Butter should not burn.
  2. Saute green cardamoms and cinnamon.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes till the tomatoes are soft and pulpy.
  5. Let it cool and make a silky paste in a blender of the tomatoes.
  6. Strain it and keep it aside. Now you will have some idea how much gravy it is going to be. So, if you want more, repeat the steps 1-5 with more tomatoes.
  7. Add 3-4 tablespoons of butter in a pan on medium heat.
  8. Saute Ginger and green chill julienne in a big pan.
  9. Add the strained tomato puree and cook for about 3-4 minutes or till the raw flavor of tomatoes goes away.
  10. Now add Kashmiri red chilli powder, Garam Masala and salt. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes more.
  11. Add Tandoori Chicken pieces. Cut them according to your preference.
  12. Mix well and cook for another 3-4 minutes to let the chicken blend with flavors of the sauce.
  13. Add 100 grams of cream. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes more. You can reduce the quantity of cream if you wish to.
  14. Finally, add cardamom powder, about 1 tea spoon and Kasuri Methi.
  15. Cook for 2 more minutes, add 1 tablespoon of honey and your Butter Chicken is ready.
  16. Serve it with more cream on top and some Ginger Julienne.

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ibtesam bloch
ibtesam bloch   Jun-20-2016

3 hours to cook???

Meheli Banerjee
Meheli Banerjee   May-26-2016

really easy cook but have to taste first

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