Thursday, October 18, 2012

Butter Chicken Masala/Murgh Makhani Recipe

Murgh makhani recipe is a North Indian delicacy popular almost all over the world. Butter chicken masala is prepared with the grilled chicken cooked in a tomato and fresh cream based curry/gravy. Butter chicken masala is little spicy and sweet with the rich flavour of butter and cream. Using Kashmiri red chilli gives natural red colour to the curry. This chicken masala is available in most of the Indian restaurants serving North Indian non-vegetarian food. Butter chicken masala can be served with roti, naan, romali roti, any Indian bread and white rice. Try this delicious butter chicken masala recipe at home and Enjoy Cooking!!!


Chicken                                                                   800 gms.
Kashmiri Red Chili Powder                                  1 tsp.
Lemon Juice                                                           1 tbsp.
Salt                                                                          To taste


Curd (Yogurt)                                                        1 cup.
Ginger paste                                                           2 tbsps.
Garlic paste                                                            2.tbsps.
Garam Masala powder                                          1/2 tsp.
Kashmiri Red chili powder                                   1 tsp.
Lemon juice                                                           2 tbsps.
Butter                                                                     2 tbsps.
Mustard oil                                                            2 tsps.
Salt                                                                         To taste

For Gravy

Whole Garam Masala                                             1 tbsp.
Tomato puree                                                         400 gms.
Sugar/Honey                                                          2 tbsps.
Ginger paste                                                           1 tbsp.
Garlic paste                                                            1 tbsp.
Red chili powder                                                    1 tbsp.
Garam Masala Powder                                           ½ tsp.
Fresh cream                                                            1cup.
Kasoori methi                                                        ½ tsp.
Chopped green chilies                                           1 tsp.
Butter                                                                     50 gms
Salt                                                                         To taste


1. Skin and clean the chicken. Make incisions with a sharp knife on breast and leg pieces.
2. Apply a mixture of red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt to the chicken and leave aside for half an hour.
3. Hang the yogurt in a muslin cloth for 15-20 minutes to remove extra water. Add red chilli powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, garam masala powder and mustard oil.
4. Apply this marinade to the chicken pieces and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
5. Put the chicken onto a skewer and cook in a moderately hot tandoor or a preheated oven (200 degrees celsius) for 10-12 minutes or until almost done. Baste it with butter and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove and keep aside.
6. Heat butter in a pan. Add whole garam masala. Let it crackle. Then add ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chillies. Cook for 2 minutes.
7. Add tomato puree, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and one cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add sugar or honey and powdered kasoori methi.
8. Add cooked tandoori chicken pieces. Simmer for 5 minutes and then add fresh cream.
9. Serve hot with naan or parantha.


I admit I have not been on this blog in a long time however it was joy to find it again. It is such an important topic and ignored by so many even professionals! I thank you for helping to make people more aware of these issues. Just great stuff as per usual!
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Served in my kitchen and sold this recipe and was told by my Indian friends that this Is most authintic. executive chef mike w

Great curry easy to make for a couple or to entertain friends

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