Ria's Collection: MURGH MAKHANI -1

Monday, April 6, 2009


My favourite ingredient ever is 'BUTTER'! And that too Amul Butter! :D I'm sure many would agree this with me. I feel so incomplete if there is no butter at home.
Of late the main reason why I assist Amma in her grocery shopping to 'METRO HYPERMARKET' is just to lay my hands into the cold refrigerator and to pick blocks of butter! I usually buy those 100 g blocks but if its not in stock , I just grab a 500g one even if I need only 50 g!! :D I need butter at home!! I must shamefully admit that I feel very 'insecure' without butter! :D

And everytime my 'experiments' go waste, I only whine about wasting 'Butter' and nothing about my efforts going waste! :D This whining session finally made Amma decide upon finding a wholesale butter dealer for me :D because as we all know the price for my fav ingredient is rising day by day!!
Last thursday whenI was badly craving for a spoonful of 'Utterly Butterly Delicious' dish , I stumbled upon this recipe on one of my fav blogs .

Chicken – 600-700 gms (
on the bone)
For the first marinade:
Lime Juice of 1 lime
Red chili powder – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
For the second marinade:
Yogurt – ½ cup / thick
Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Ginger – 1 tbsps
Rock salt – 1 ts
Garam Masala – 1 tsp

Kasoori methi – ½ tsp (
these are a variety of dried fenugreek leaves often used in Indian cooking)
Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Make 2 deep incisions each in both breast pieces &s drumsticks. Mix all ingredients on the first marinade & rub well into chicken pieces. Keep aside for an hour.
  • For the second marinade, mix all ingredients well & rub into chicken pieces till they are well coated. Leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours. I usually leave this overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Place the chicken on the grill rack, with a tray underneath to collect the drippings. Grill for 8-10 minutes, brush with oil, turn the pieces, & grill for another 4-5 minutes until the chicken is tender. Keep aside.
For the makhani sauce
Gravy tomatoes – 800gms / chopped
Oil – 2 tbsp
Onion – 1 / chopped
Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala _ 1 tsp
Cumin/Zeera powder – 1tsp
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Cashew paste – 2 tbsp (
I ran a handful in my dry grinder in short bursts)
Bay leaf – 1
Green chili – 1-2 / finely chopped
Butter – 50 gms
Single Cream – 50 ml (original has 100 gm double cream)
Kasoori methi – 1 tsp
Green chilies, fresh coriander, cream for garnishing.
  • Heat the oil in a pan, add onion & sauté for a few seconds. Put in chopped tomatoes, bay leaf & salt & simmer, stirring occasionally, until the oil leaves the sides. Cool slightly & strain the sauce. (Do this the previous day to save time).
  • Pour the sauce back into a pan over low heat. Add all the spices, followed by the tandoori chicken. Stir well & simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the butter & stir in till it melts. Finally stir in the cream & take off heat.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, cream & green chilies, as desired.
  • Serve hot with crisp garlic naan, & a salad of onion rings tossed in lime juice & salt.
Alterations I made:
  • 400g of blanched and pureed tomatoes instead of 800 g of gravy tomatoes
  • 400 g of onions slightly roasted on flame and pureed
  • Since I din't have rock salt, I substituted it with common salt.

Verdict: As the title suggests it's the best ever Butter Chicken I have ever had ( esp. among the home made ones)
Hope you all liked this 'Buttery' post of mine :)
Thank a ton Deeba for sharing this recipe :)


Deeba PAB said...

Utterly, butterly delicious Ria...well done. Thanks for the mention, & am glad you enjoyed the chicken! Cheers deeba

Ria Mathew said...

Thanks a ton Deeba for stopping by!!!!

Sakshi said...

What's the fastest way that I can gobble up your utterly butterly dish??? am craving for amul butter now because of u and I have no idea where will I get it here...lol

Ria Mathew said...

Sakshi-Awwww... Have you tried out the Indian Stores there? My cuz living in VA said she gets it there now... just check out..u might get lucky! :)

RMM said...

Hi...am a frequent visitor now...love the way u put things together...couldnt open the page with the recipe for the butter chicken...could u please post the recipe...Thanks , Reny.

Ria Mathew said...

Reny- Thank a ton for being a regular visitor :)You made my day! So as a token of appreciation I have granted your wish :D

Reny said...

Hi Ria, am back after a long vacation.....and one of the first things i did after coming back was to look up ur page for somethin new....i love the way u explain things and the measurements...they are unbelievably accurate...i made that marble cake 3 times and it was a big hit .... .Thankyou so much for posting this recipe...will make it soon...my elder son u ..can say is a chicken fan...so thanks and take care...

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