Creamy Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani Recipe

Butter Chicken or Murg Makhani is the chicken curry that can be made easily at home, which tastes very delicious, and flavor-packed with brown creamy chicken chunks. The quick recipe is rich in taste and It can be made in a restaurant-style.

Similar to other chicken tikka curries, butter chicken is one of the most popular and full of taste curry in Asia, especially in Indian restaurants around the world. Paired with garlic or simple Naan and Kulcha is lip-smacking. Most Indians love to eat it.

One of the major issues or call it a hassle is to make this type of desi food by firstly finding the right spices in your area. Especially, when you are making Butter Chicken and you live in the South West of London in towns and area codes as Sutton SM1, SM2, SM3, Morden SM4, Carshalton SM5, Wallington SM6, Mitcham CR4 partially belonging to the County of Surrey.

This mouth-watering curry can be made in your own house. As Happiroo is providing every piece of masala jat and spices in one click.

Where did butter chicken (Murgh Makhni) originate from?

As we all know, Indian culture is exceptionally rich in originating traditional dishes. All these traditional, creamy, and rich taste dishes are not only loved by Indians but from all over the world.

The origin of ridiculously delicious and packed with flavor Dish is in Northern India. It was invented by Kundan Lal Gujral in 1948.

Why it is known as Butter Chicken:

As the name itself mentions the most important ingredient ‘Butter’, butter makes this a mouth-watering and delicious dish. This is the reason; it is called butter chicken (Murgh Makhni).

To bring its original taste there is a need to maintain the right quantity of butter in the dish. Some of the restaurants overload the butter in the dish, which creates a sick image of this beautiful, delicious like the flavors are playing a melody in your mouth.   

Putting the right amount of butter makes this extra delicious, more creamy, and juicy. Even putting the cream, in the end, enhances the taste and texture of the butter gravy. It can reduce the extra oil used in it.

How to cook Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhni) at home:

While making this Delicious dish at-home, it provides you the full control of spices as you want them. You can use fewer chilies or add more depending on your taste. You can enhance the taste with your choice of spices.

Even you can use the main ingredient Butter the way you like, making the chicken juicer, filled and saturated in it. just imagine when you are taking a bite in the soft irresistible flavourful butter chicken.

This easy and rich flavored dish can be made from a plain yogurt marinade. This Yogurt marinade can be made from a mixture of garlic, ginger, and plain yogurt.

While buying Chicken, you can have boneless, chest, or any other part you love to eat.

Preparing the Butter Chicken:

  1. The first and foremost important step is to marinate the chicken and put it into the refrigerator for half an hour or (Overnight if you have more time)
    The more time you marinate the more enhanced flavors can be achieved.
  2. Prepare the Garam Masala for the Murgh Makhni that is also the most important ingredient of the Dish. You can prepare it with more various and amount of spices to your liking.
  3. With the blunder make a Tomato and cashew mixture. It must be blended well
  4. The color of the curry will be different based on the number of red chilies and the quantity of yogurt you put in it.


How to make Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhni)


Marinating is a process that makes the chicken more tasty and ready for the Butter chicken recipe.
First, you need to wash the chicken with clean and fresh water. You can marinate it with lemon juice, salt, and chilli powder. You have to leave it for 20 minutes and then do the second round of marination.

For the second round of the marination, you have to add plain yogurt, turmeric, ginger, garlic paste, methi, oil, and garam masala.

You can marinate it for as much time as you have. If you have more time then leave it in the refrigerator overnight. If you don’t have time you can start cooking after 20 minutes of marination.

How to Grill Butter Chicken:

You can grill the chicken in the frying pan. Air frier, grilled pan, and even in the oven. You can heat it at 240 c for 15 minutes.

Put them in a greased tray and grill it for 20 to 30 minutes for both sides on the chicken pieces.

If you have a Tawa and you want to grill on it, you can fry it with only one tablespoon of butter. Do not overcook the pieces of chicken. Put Butter on the Tawa and add Chicken to it. Cook it until the chicken pieces turn soft.

You can cook it till all liquid in the pan gets dry and its color turns a little Golden.

Put the pan on the heat and add some butter, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom in it. During the melting of the butter, put the ginger and garlic paste and green chilies. Heat it till the smell fades away. You can fry them for 2 to 3 minutes depending on the heat.

Add the tomato mixture and put chilli powder, salt, and sugar as per your taste.

Cook it until it converts from liquid to thick mixture. While cooking make sure it does not overcook otherwise It will create a smell.

It’s time to add the water to the pan. Put 1 cup of the water and boil it. After boiling leave it below the boiling point for a few minutes. Where it will be cooked gently.

Put the chicken in the pan and cook it below the boiling point for 6 to 8 minutes. The time depends on the chicken’s softness. The softness may vary, depending on different conditions.
You can check the softness by the fork. If it is separable then it’s cooked perfectly.
While checking the softness of your meat, you must have to check the salt and other spices.

While you are checking spices add them if needed.

Now it’s time to add garam masala, methi powder. If the masala jat is not according to your desire, you can add more water. Water will normalize the curry if the spices are over-dosed.

If you have added extra water you can cook it further for 2 to 3 minutes. Now you have to add cream to it. The cream will be added after the liquid in the pan is about to dry off.

Here is another way to mix cream in it. You can take some curry from the pan and mix it well with the cream and then put it back to the pan. Keep in mind it should not be overcooked after adding the cream.

Congratulations! Your Butter chicken is ready to be served.

Now you can garnish the Butter Chicken with the cream and Coriander Leaf’s.

If this is what you were searching for “How Butter Chicken is made” I hope now you have the secret recipe that restaurants don’t want you to know.

What spices are used in the Butter chicken (Murg Makhni)?

Spices used in the butter chicken are the most of the spices we all have in our houses. The Spices used in Murg Makhni are Salt, Garam Masala, Methi Powder, Red chili powder.

All spices are available at Happiroo. Simply order these you in southwest London, Sutton SM1, SM2, SM3, Morden SM4, Carshalton SM5, Wallington SM6, Mitcham CR4, Country Surrey.

What ingredients are used in Butter Chicken?

Here is the list of authentic ingredients that makes this amazing and mouth-watering Northern India Dish.

  1. 1 TBS Oil
  2. 1 TBS Butter
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 1 TBS Ginger paste
  5. 3 pieces of garlic ( crushed )
  6. 1 and a half pound chicken ( 500 grams)
  7. 4 TBS Tomato Paste
  8. 1 TBS Garam Masala
  9. 1 TBS Chili Powder
  10. 1 TBS Salt
  11. 1 TSP Black Pepper
  12. 1 cup Cream ( or yogurt )
  13. Naan or Rice (For Serving)

What to serve with Butter Chicken?

When you have made the most popular dish of Northern India. Now you are responsible to serve it with Papadums or Quick Naan.

While serving it with the Papadums, put them in the microwave for a minute till they heated perfectly. It will be soft and warm and after some time they will be crispy to eat.

While on the other hand serving with the Naan is another perfect combination to Eat Murg Makhni.

You can serve this amazing dish with rice. Adding the Murg Makhni in the Rice will give you another level of juiciness and taste. You can add little pieces of Coriander leaf to it.

How Butter Chicken sauce is made?

Butter Chicken Sauce is one of the major factors for a delicious Dish. This sauce is made of onion, crushed tomatoes, garlic, and ginger paste, and with few other spices.

The secret to making the perfect sauce is to cook the tomatoes for 15 minutes. You have to cook it until the liquid starts drying.

If the pan dries before the time you can add a little more water. After cooking it blend this mixture and add cream to the pan. Again, you have to mix with the cream.

If you want to increase the taste you can add more butter slices at the end.

Enjoy your home cooked, special, signature and flavourful Butter Chicken.



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