Saturday, April 20, 2013

Healthy Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken or Murg Makhani is, undoubtedly India's best culinary export to the world. There are not many Indian restaurants around the globe which don't serve Butter Chicken. It is a thick yoghurt-tomato based gravy preparation of chicken, best enjoyed with either Roti, Naan or Pulao.The origin of this dish is credited to a  certain Kundan Lal Gujral, who had started preparing this in his Moti Mahal restaurant in Peshwar of pre-independent India. After partition, he shifted to Delhi and opened Moti Mahal there. This preparation was particularly popular with the Sikh/Punjabi community who is said to have made it popular through their diaspora in UK, USA, Canada et al
Though Butter Chicken is known to be a high-calorie dish, I have tried to reduce some calories by giving it a healthy twist. Instead of frying the chicken pieces, we would be  grilling them in the oven and also using very little oil & butter during cooking

Chicken - 1 kg, either boneless or with bone cut into cubes
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Onion paste - 2 tsp
Tomato –  2 nos, made into puree
Oil – 3 to 4 tsp
Yogurt - 1/2 cup, beaten
Fresh cream -1/2 cup
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 4 to 5
Cinnamon sticks - 1 piece of 1” size
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Dried fenugreek leaves (Kasoori methi) - 1 Tbsp
Salt - according to taste
Sugar – ½ tsp
Butter - an 1" size cube
Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
Red chili powder- 1 tbsp
Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
Hung yogurt – 2 tsp
Garam Masala powder – ½ tsp
Salt- according to taste
Ginger paste- 1 tsp
Garlic paste- 1 tsp
Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
Salt- according to taste

Oil- 2 tsp

Clean and wash chicken pieces and drain out excess water completely

In a bowl add chicken and all the marinade ingredients together. Mix well and let it marinate for minimum 5 – 6 hours or overnight

Pre-heat the oven in 425o F/200o C. Put an aluminium foil on a tray, put the marinated chicken pieces on that. Place the tray on the top rack and grill for 18-20 minutes. Half way through, baste the chicken pieces with oil and turn them around

In case you don't have an oven, you can pan fry the chicken. Spread very little oil in a non-stick frying pan and put the chicken pieces, brown both sides by quickly turning in high flame. Reduce the flame, cover the pan with a lid and cook for around 7-8 minutes, turning the chicken pieces in between, to evenly cook them

In a heavy bottomed wok, add oil and heat. Now add whole cardamom, cinnamon stick and clove to the hot oil

Add ginger-garlic paste and onion paste. Fry till it turns golden yellow. Now add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and Cumin powder. Add a little water and fry till oils start separating from it. Now add tomato puree and again stir for couple of minute in high flame

Reduce the flame and add beaten yogurt  Stir a little and add salt and sugar as per taste. Stir the thick creamy gravy and then add grilled chicken pieces slowly. Wrap the chicken pieces with the thick gravy and add half 1 cup of water with garam masala powder. Cover and let it cook for 5 minutes

Now add fresh cream(optional, used to make the gravy richer) and Kasoori methi and stir slowly. Cover it again and cook for a couple of minutes

Garnish it with Coriander leaves and the cube of butter. Serve hot with Roti or Naan


Raksha said...

love butter chicken anytime

Raksha said...

love it

Swathi said...

Delicious Butter chicken Looks perfect meal Sunada.

Sangeetha M said... delicious and tempting butter chicken...excellent prepartion, will try this version sometime soon.

Priya Suresh said...

I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this delicious butter chicken.

Sunanda said...

U r most welcome Priya...

Treat and Trick said...

I love your twist to this lovely dish. Looks so yum!

Treat and Trick said...

This lovely dish looks so yum!

divya said...

awesome...just love this recipe

Vikis Kitchen said...

Love this version also very much. Chicken looks very yummy!

Sunanda said...

Thanks everyone for liking the dish.. try this recipe and let me know your feedback :-)

Sunandas Kitchen

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Welcome back dear, so nice to hear from you after a long time. Butter chicken looks flavorful & delicious!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Sunanda,
Your chicken dish looks really delicious! It would be great with plain basmati rice too!

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks incredible...lovely chicken dish.

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sushmita pandit said...

Now tat is totally mouth watering :-)

TOMS said...

Hi Sunanda,
Your chicken dish looks really delicious and I will try this on my next off


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