Chicken makhani (Indian butter chicken)

    30 min

    Chicken makhani is one of my favourite Indian dishes. It is a full flavoured dish that complements the chicken well. It can be made as mild or spicy as you wish by adjusting the cayenne. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon groundnut oil
    • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    • 1/4 of an onion, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 4 tablespoons natural yogurt
    • 125ml milk
    • 125ml double cream
    • 250ml passata
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 pinch black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon groundnut oil
    • 450g boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 4 tablespoons water

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Saute shallot and onion until soft and translucent. Stir in butter, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon garam masala, chilli powder, cumin and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add passata, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in milk, cream and yoghurt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large heavy frying pan over medium heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat, and season with 1 teaspoon garam masala and cayenne. Stir in a few spoonfuls of sauce, and simmer until liquid has reduced, and chicken is no longer pink. Stir cooked chicken into sauce.
    3. Mix together cornflour and water, then stir into the sauce. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until thickened.

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    Used different ingredients. I used a tin of chopped tomatoes instead of passata  -  23 Feb 2010


    Something else. Added one sliced Red Pepper  -  01 Feb 2010


    Simple and tastes great... only problem costs a bit to get all the ingredience  -  29 Dec 2009