Saturday, July 17, 2010

Butter Chicken

Sorry for the looong delay in posting....just got busy :)
If your husband eats chicken and you have to pamper your husband then this is the recipe!!!
I made it on Nitin's birthday.  Believe me, all my gifts one side and butter chicken other side.

Here is the recipe for this absolutely amazing butter chicken (Nitin says so :))

1 lb boneless chicken legs (if you use chicken breast, it becomes very elastic after frying!)
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red chilli powder

1 onion chopped
4 tomatoes (medium size) chopped
1/2 inch ginger chopped
5-6 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro (washed and chopped)
2-3 green chillies chopped
A handful of cashew
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
Red Chilli powder (optional)
3 tbsp whipping cream
3 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter

Marinate the chicken pieces in ginger garlic paste and 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp chilli powder. Keep them aside for 15 minutes. Heat oil in a deep pan. When oil is hot, shallow fry chicken pieces both sides and keep them aside. In the remaining oil, add cumin seeds. When they crackle, add onion, green chilli, chopped ginger and garlic. When onion becomes transparent, add turmeric powder,  salt, chilli, coriander powder, red chilli powder and garam masala. Add chopped tomatos and 1/2 cup water. Let it cook until tomatoes are tender. Add chopped cilantro and cashews. Cook for 5 more minutes covered. Now switch off the heat. Let the mixture cool a bit and then grind it well.

In a pan, heat butter. Add this grind mixture. Add chicken pieces and desired water (roughly 3/4-1 cup). Cook it covered. Stir occasionally. Now add whipping cream and cook for 5 more minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve hot with jeera-rice or puris or naan.

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