Friday, October 30, 2015

Butter chicken / Murgh Makhani

Butter chicken is one of my most favorite dish in my childhood days. Whenever I go to restaurant or my dad getting parcel from restaurant, my first answer to the question, what you want is butter chicken. Yesterday my hubby asked me to cook a creamy chicken curry, so thought of preparing restaurant style butter chicken and it came out very well. It is very easy to prepare and the taste is delicious when we have with rotis. Butter chicken or Murgh Makhani is an Indian dish in which chicken is cooked in mild spicy creamy curry sauce.
Prep time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including marinating time)
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Chicken – 1 lb (medium sized pieces)
For marinating:
Yoghurt – 2 tbsp
Red chili powder – 3 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
For masala paste:
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Red chili powder – 2 tsp
Coriander powder – 3 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar – 1 tsp
Fenugreek leaves / kasuri methi – ½ tsp
Red food color – a pinch
Water as needed
For Gravy:
Butter – 5 tbsp
Onion – 1, finely chopped
Tomato puree – 1 cup
Milk – 1/4cup
Cornflour – 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnish

1. Clean the chicken and marinate it with the ingredients given under “for marinating” and refrigerate it for 2 hours.
2. In a mean time prepare the masala paste with the ingredients given under “ for masala paste”
3. Heat 2 tbsp butter in a pan, Add the marinated chicken and fry until its cooked. Keep aside
4. Heat 3 tbsp butter in a pan, saute onions till translucent, Add the masala paste and fry for about 6 to 7 minutes.
5. Now add tomato puree and cover the lid. Cook in low flame until oil seperates.
6. Add chicken pieces and cook for about 10 to 12 minutes.
7. Now mix 2 tsp of cornflour in ¼ cup of milk and pour into the chicken.
8. Cook in low flame for about 10 minutes, this will give creamy texture to the gravy.
9. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rotis.


  1. I am happy that you like it Jayanthi sindhya

  2. Looks rich and creamy.. I would love to try a veg version

    1. Yeah you can try with potatoes or paneer.

  3. Looks so colorful and vibrant :) Love your blog, sorry I took some time to come here - I couldnt comment here from my phone and hence the delay :) Looking forward to more of your recipes Sowmia! :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by @cookingfromheart

  4. The butter chicken looks lovely... thank you for coming by my blog... :)

  5. Butter chicken looks so yummy and rich....thanks for coming by my blog :)

  6. Tempting & colourful murgh makhni..........

  7. Tempting & colourful murgh makhni..........