27 September 2016

# recipes

Butter chicken

I must admit that I'm not that great when it comes to Desi food. It's only recently that I understood it needs time and a bit of patience, especially when making the base for the curries - can't tell you how many times Hubby stepped in to further cook down my curries that turned out too thin or had bits of undercooked onion floating inside...

One thing I think I'm pretty good with, is butter chicken. It turns out pretty well, because I always stand in the kitchen with my Indian cookbook open, and follow the recipe to the letter ;) Even though Hubby once told me to modify the cooking method, he always likes it so why change something that works?

  • 150g natural yoghurt
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • good pinch of cinnamon
  • good pinch of ground allspice*
  • 5 cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground
  • 2 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 onions
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 200 ml coconut milk
*The original recipe calls for Indian five-spice powder, but I happened to have ground allspice in the cupboard first time round, so I just ended up using that instead.


Mix the yoghurt, tomatoes, ground almonds, garlic and all the spices together. Add the chicken pieces and mix well, until all the chicken is coated. Leave to marinate in a cool place for at least few hours.

Heat the ghee in a deep pan. Add the onions and cook until browned. Tip I got from my Hubby: if you see onions browning too much too quickly, add some water to avoid burning and cook until soft.

Add the chicken together with all the marinade. After about 10 minutes add the coconut milk. If it's all too think, you can add some extra water or stock. Cook over a low heat until the chicken is cooked and the sauce thickens. 

Another pro tip: your curry is ready, when the oil comes out on top.

Serve with rice or chapatis.

1 comment:

  1. I personally love butter chicken with khulcha paratha or naan bread. I do not add almonds and coconut milk in my butter chicken but will have to try your version. :-)


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