Monday, 2 April 2012

Butter Chicken


1.Chicken - 500gms(I had taken chicken legs and breasts)
2.Onion - 1 medium size in paste from
3.Ginger paste - 2tsp
4.Fenugreek powder(kasuri methi) - 1tsp(heat in a pan and dry grind to powder)
5.Butter - 20gms approx
6.Mustard oil - 3tsp
7.Garam masala powder - 1tsp
8.Fresh cream for garnishing
9.Salt to taste
10.Kashmiri red chilly powder - 2tsp(it does not has heat like other chillies,mainly required for the red       colour)

Ingredients for chicken marinade

1.Thick Yoghurt - 200gms
2.Turmeric powder - 1tsp
3.Coriander powder - 1/2tsp
4.Cumin powder - 1tsp
5.Red chilly powder - 1/2tsp
6.Kashmiri red chilly powder - 1tsp
7.Garam masala powder - 1/2tsp
8.Lemon juice - 1no
9.Salt to taste
10.Mustard oil - 1tsp
11.Butter - 20gms approx
12.Onion paste - 4tsp
13.Garlic paste - 2tsp
14.Ginger paste - 1tsp


Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients except butter, for a minimum of 3 to 4 hrs.I kept it overnight in the refrigerator.Now grill them in a microwave for 8 to 10 minutes till they are completely cooked.Brush them once with butter  in between.
Alternatively if you dont have a microwave or a tandoor,heat 4tsp of oil and 20gms butter.Slip in the chicken pieces and cook them in high flame turning sides.In this way it will get the desired charred texture.

Ingredients for the tomato gravy

1.Tomato - 8nos medium size chopped
2.Garlic chopped - 3tsp
3.Mace - 2nos
4.Green cardamom - 3nos
5.Mustard oil - 1tsp
6.Butter - 10gms
7.Green chilly - 2nos(deseeded)


Heat oil and butter in a pan and add garlic,green chilly,mace,cardamom and fry till they release their aromas.Add chopped tomatoes and cook  uncovered till they are soft.Cool and blend them in a blender and keep aside.Sieve the puree.

Method for the main dish

Heat oil and butter in a pan.Add onion paste and ginger paste and fry till they start releasing the fat.Add chicken pieces and half of the tomato puree and cook for 2-3 minutes.By doing so,you are ensured that the chicken gets cook well.This step is mainly required for those who are not using the microwave.Add the remaining puree,garam masala powder,kasuri methi powder,kashmiri red chilly powder,salt and cook for two more minute..Lastly add some butter.Garnish with fresh cream and serve hot with naan,paranthas.

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