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Butter Chicken Or Murgh Makhani


For the chicken:

1 kg Chicken fillets cut into cubes

3-4 tbsp yogurt

3 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp chili powder

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp orange food colour (powder)

1 tbsp oil

salt to taste


For the Gravy:

3 large onions

1 can tinned whole tomatoes

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp kasuri methi (available in Indian stores under that name)

salt to taste

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp butter

100 ml fresh cream

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp garam masala



For the chicken:

Slit the chicken pieces with a knife and rub salt and lime juice to them. Take a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients and mix them well to form a marinade. Marinate the chicken in it for 2 hours Place the chicken under a hot grill and grill till the chicken is cooked and slightly smoky. Keep it aside.

For the Gravy:

Chop the onion and fry it in the one tablespoon of oil and put it in the blender with the tinned tomatoes and kasuri methi, grind it into a smooth paste.

Now heat the butter in a pan and add the ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes , Now add the pureed mixture and salt , chilli powder and garam masala and cook till the raw smell of tomatoes disappear, Now add the grilled chicken mix well and cook for 6 minutes more. Take off heat  and serve with naan .

Number of Onions and fresh cream can be increased for more sweeter and creamier gravy.



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