How To Make Butter Chicken

Let us tell you a story about a secret, the secret of making Butter Chicken, Poulet au Beurre in all its deliciousness. For your information, Butter Chicken is just a name. It doesn’t mean adding on butter like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, only 2 tablespoons are needed ;)

Preparation Time: 1/2 hour
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 4

What you’ll need:

Chicken 800 grams
Lemon juice
Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Butter ..2 tablespoons
Yogurt 1 cup
Garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon but can be substituted with Garlic Cloves
Ginger paste 2 tablespoons. Can be substituted with actual Ginger
Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon
Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
Mustard oil 2 tablespoons (We used some Garlic Mustard creation he hee)
Dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato puree 400 grams
Cream 1 cup (we didn’t have it so we used evaporated milk)
Green cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon (minimal amounts. Cloves 2 or 3!!)

Les Instructions:
Make incisions with a sharp knife on breast and leg pieces of the chicken. Apply a mixture of red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt to the chicken for and set aside for half an hour (or at least a long as it takes you to prepare the curry (russ).

In a separate bowl, add yogurt, red chilli powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, garam masala powder and “mustard oil”. Now add this onto the marinated chicken pieces and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours ideally (or if you’re in a rush, start cooking the chicken on something that looks like the pan above or in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 10 or 12 minutes) Add the butter and allow it to melt.

Add the green cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon.

Add the tomato puree (or cut up tomatoes if you don’t have the puree), red chili powder again, garam masala powder, salt and the cream (or evaporated milk).

If you think your mixture is too thick, add water. If it is too watery, let curry simmer on low.

On a final note, make sure your chicken is cooked and add a little paprika for colour.

Bon appétit


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