Thursday, January 20, 2005

Easy peasy Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is the national dish of Delhi (hahaha!). It's one of the foods I miss most from India. I got this recipe from a book and ammended it to make my own version.

Recipe 1: Easy peasy butter chicken

Really easy, do the prep work the night before, assemble in 5 minutes and pop in the oven for 1hr and 10 minutes before eating.

You need:
1 kg chicken (preferably thigh, preferably fillet - so no skin, no bone). Cut into manageable but fairly large pieces (basically each thigh should give you 2 -3 pieces).

In a blender blend 180gms of blanched amonds (can buy blanched and peeled from any supermarket), 6 cloves garlic, 2 inch piece of ginger, 1 green chilli (keep the seeds) and 3 tbsp of dahi (natural yogurt).

Put this mixture in a bowl, add 1 tsp chilli powder, 2 tsp dhania (corriander) powder, 1/2 tsp clove powder, 1.5 tsp salt, 1 tsp garam masala and another 3 tbsp of dahi (natural yogurt)(total 150gms dahi) and 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400gm can); mix well and then add the chopped up chicken. Mix lightly, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate.

On the day of serving, chop 1 large red onion & 1 green chilli. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok, fry chilli and onion till golden brown. Add chicken mixture and turn lightly with a spatula for about 4 minutes (all on high heat). Almost nothing will be seared by this time but never mind!

Put it in a big baking dish. Add 6 tsp chopped dhania (corriander) leaves and 4 tbsp of double cream. Mix lightly with a fork so that all this gets mixed in well. Do not cover. Pop in pre-heated oven at about 200 deg C. Bake for 1 hour. At the end of 1 hour take it out and let it rest for 10 minutes. All the oil and extra juice will come to the top: spoon this off. Serve with naan.

It's incredibly moist and tasty.


I will try and add a picture next time I make it. In the meantime, trust me and try it!


  1. Oooooh! Butter Chicken! Just reading about it made my tummy growl and rumble so loud that people around me turn and look.

    And you bet, Delhi-wala butter chicken is THE best! I'm a Delhite in Bombay and miss the rich curry so much!

  2. Hi Tan, yes nothing like butter chicken for us Delhi girls! This is not the same but as rich and a close second....

    See the sidebar, linked your blog to this one....

  3. Awesome recepie babes ! I made this on christmas eve for a potluck dinner and it was a runaway hit of the evening ! Thanks for sending it over !

  4. Thanks for linking my blog to yours. Btw, my version of butter chicken will be up soon.


  5. That sounds delicious and horribly rich!

    A clarification - You meant blanched almonds, right?

  6. Anonymous11:21 AM

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  7. Anonymous12:53 PM

    Rather interesting blog you've got here. Thanx for it. I like such topics and everything connected to this matter. BTW, try to add some images :).