Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Butter chicken Masala

Yesterday I was feeling so lazy that I dint feel like posting any recipes or being active on my blog. I was also feeling lazy to dress up & go out shopping. So I decided to watch some movie which is very unlikely of me. I love to watch horror movies but at the same time I am very scared to watch alone sometimes. I found this movie "Naina" on you tube so thought will watch it. The movie is very slow & a OK movie for time pass. Not a very scary movie but can watch once types.

coming back to today's post "Butter chicken" This is one preparation I make more often but always at night for dinner. Since i make it at night, I never was able to take a decent click of this dish. Although this one also was made for dinner but I prepared it in the evening so I got some evening light to click some ok ok shots. I somehow find it very difficult to take curry shots. I always try to give a very close up shot for my food coz I really want people to see the real texture & colour of food. I don't spend much time in plating it but concentrate more on getting the right texture of food. BTW food photography is not my cup of tea but since i love cooking, I am slowing learning to take better pictures. I feel very good when someone complements my food pictures & blush:) This is the best Butter chicken, very creamy tasty & yummy.

Cooking time: 30 minutes
servings: 4 people


  • 1 large onions chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 Tbspn ginger garlic paste
  • 500 gms boneless chicken cubes
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/2 Tbspn coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbspn cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbspn chili powder
  • 1/2 Tspn garam masala powder
  • 1/2 Tbspn kasoori methi
  • 1 Tspn cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbspn thick curd
  • 1/4 tspn chili powder
  • 1 Tspn lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water or more if required
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • coriander leaves & green chili's to garnish
  • 1/4 cup cream or milk
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  1. Marinate the chicken in curd. salt & 1/4 tspn of chili powder for at least 2 hours.
  2. In a pan add a tbspn of oil & fry the chicken cubes until all water is drained off or 80 % cooked. Once cooked set the chicken aside.
  3. Soak cashew nuts in hot water for at least 20 mins & then make a paste of it.
  4. Boil chopped onions in 1 cup of water until they are translucent & make a paste of this.
  5. Soak the tomatoes in the hot water, peel the skin & puree the tomatoes in the blender or mixer.
  6. In a heavy bottom pan, add oil fry cumin seeds for few seconds. Now add in ginger garlic paste, onion paste & tomato puree.
  7. Cover the lid of the pan & cook this on low flame for about 5 to 6 minutes. Add a little water if required.
  8. Now add in all the masala's except kasoori methi & saute well. Throw in 1 tbspn of butter & sugar now in to the pan. Mix this well & keep sauteing for around 3 to 6 mins
  9. When the raw smell goes off & when you see fat separation, you can add in cashew paste & 1/2 cup of hot water. Saute this for a minute until its well combined.
  10. Finally add in the cream, chicken, Kasoori methi, lemon juice & mix well. Cook on low flame for about 5 mins.
  11. Close lid & allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes before you dig in:) Add more water if you want.
  12. Garnish the dish with coriander leaves, chopped green chili's & some fresh cream.
  • Make sure you keep the pan closed or else you will have a messy kitchen.
  • You can add in some red colour if you want. This will make the chicken look like the restaurant style.
  • Always cook the chicken seperately in a pan or you can even bake them at 250 degree for 20 mins


  1. I have the same issue about taking pictures in the night and from my own experiences, its not a good idea. Therefore I try my best to take shots before that. Food photography is not my cup of tea but I think a few clear shots of the dishes is good enough.

    Its a dish I love very much. While I am not really health conscious about what I eat, I do cut down on adding butter but the creamy and buttery flavors are really good into such a chicken masala dish I know is simply divine.

  2. Plain rice with butter chicken combo is out of this world!!!uve gt a lovely blog c2k!!awesome presentation..

  3. Im going to make a butter paneerr ... It looks so rich and creamy..
    Keep in touch,

  4. love ur version of butter chicken... :) and ur pics are really awesome, they are no amatuerish really... i always have this problem of lighting, my cooking is always at night so forget about lighting!!! hehe...

  5. yummy and this is really yumm and want to give a try

  6. I won't be lazy for shopping :p

    Nice that watching a movie makes you feel better :D Otherwise, it will be a waste, not mentioning this beautiful dish.


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