Butter Chicken | Chicken Makkhanwala

Perhaps the most popular Indian dish across the world, Butter Chicken or Chicken Makhanwala is a rich, smooth and creamy gravied Chicken along with a little hint of sweetness. It’s perfect for grown-ups as well as kids. Below is my simple & easy recipe (Hint: For the plant lovers, you can make a vegetarian version using cottage cheese/paneer!)



Prepartion Time: 20 mins Cooking Time: 60 mins
Ingredients: Method:

Ingredients for Marinate

  • 600 gm boneless chicken (cut into strips)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • salt to taste

Ingredients for curry 

  • 800 gm tomatoes (9-10 medium sized tomatoes)
  • 1 full cup fresh cream
  • 5-6 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp honey

Spices & other ingredients

  • 4-5 cardamom pods (green elaichi)
  • 2 star spice (Can use mace instead of star spice)
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 3-4 tbsp butter
  • salt to taste

Preparing the Marinate

  • Mix well the chicken, garlic paste, ginger paste, red chilli powder and salt. Keep it aside for at least 15-20 mins

Frying the Chicken

  • Add 1 tsp oil in a shallow pan
  • add 1 cube butter (approx. 1 tbsp)
  • spread the marinated chicken across the pan and fry it till it is cooked. Remove it from pan and keep aside

Procedure to make tomato puree

  • In the same pan in which we fried chicken, add 2 cubes of butter
  • add star spice
  • add cardamom
  • add garlic & ginger paste
  • add the tomatoes and cook them till they become mushy
  • once the tomatoes are fully cooked, let them cool, then grind them in a mixer till they become a smooth paste

Procedure to cook butter chicken curry

  • Add 1 cube of butter in a pan
  • strain the tomato puree in the pan
  • add 1 tsp red Kashmiri chilli powder
  • add the fried chicken and sauté well
  • cover the pan and cook for 2-3 mins
  • add salt to taste
  • add fresh cream 
  • add 1 1/2 tsp kasoori methi
  • finally, add 1/2 tsp honey

Add some cream on top & garnish with some more kasoori methi. Serve with Roti or Nan bread and enjoy!


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