Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani) – A Heavenly Delight
There are some dishes that hold a special place in our hearts, not just because of their heavenly taste, but also because of the beautiful memories they evoke. One such treasured dish for me is Butter Chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani. Its origins can be traced back to the bustling streets of Delhi, India.
Growing up in a Punjabi household, Butter Chicken was a dish that was always a part of our special gatherings and celebrations. It was a dish that brought the whole family together around the dinner table, creating a sense of warmth and togetherness. The rich flavors and creamy texture of Butter Chicken never failed to leave us craving for more.
The Perfect Ingredients
To recreate this culinary masterpiece, let’s gather the following ingredients:
– 500 grams boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
– 1 cup plain yogurt
– 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
– 1 teaspoon red chili powder
– 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
– 1 teaspoon garam masala
– 1 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon ground coriander
– Salt to taste
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
– 1 onion, finely chopped
– 2 tomatoes, pureed
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 2 tablespoons kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
– Fresh coriander leaves, for garnish
– Naan or steamed rice, for serving
The Art of Cooking Butter Chicken
Now, let’s dive into the delightful process of preparing Butter Chicken:
Step 1: Marinating the Chicken
In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, and salt. Mix well until the ingredients form a smooth marinade.
Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and coat them evenly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to infuse.
Step 2: Cooking the Chicken
Heat butter and vegetable oil in a large pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown, releasing their sweet aroma.
Add the marinated chicken to the pan, along with any remaining marinade. Cook until the chicken is lightly browned on all sides, ensuring it is cooked through.
Step 3: Simmering in the Magic Sauce
Pour in the pureed tomatoes and stir well, allowing the flavors to meld together. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the tomatoes to cook down and release their tangy-sweet essence.
Slowly pour in the heavy cream, stirring gently to combine. Let the sauce simmer for another 5 minutes, allowing it to thicken and develop a luxurious texture.
Step 4: Adding the Final Touches
Crush the kasuri methi between your palms and sprinkle it over the simmering Butter Chicken. The dried fenugreek leaves will release their distinct aroma, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
Give the Butter Chicken a final stir, ensuring all the ingredients are harmoniously blended. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Step 5: Serving with Love
Garnish the Butter Chicken with fresh coriander leaves, adding a pop of vibrant green to the rich, velvety sauce. Serve this indulgent dish with freshly-baked naan or steamed rice, allowing the buttery sauce to be sopped up and savored.
Enjoy the symphony of flavors in every bite, as the succulent chicken, aromatic spices, and creamy sauce dance on your taste buds.
Variations and Tips
– For a healthier version, you can use Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream to reduce the calorie content without compromising on taste.
– If you prefer a spicier kick, increase the amount of red chili powder or add some finely chopped green chilies.
– Experiment with different garnishes, such as sliced almonds or grated paneer, for an added touch of flavor and texture.
Now it’s your turn to create this legendary dish, inviting your loved ones to partake in its deliciousness. Let Butter Chicken be the centerpiece of your next memorable gathering, just as it has been for generations. Happy cooking!
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|Amount Per Serving
|% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 4g
|Saturated Fat 2g
|Trans Fat 0g
|Total Carbohydrate 20g
|Dietary Fiber 0g
|Vitamin A 2%
|Vitamin C 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: