Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Butter Chicken

   The summer days in Nashville are proving to be quite exciting.  Yesterday I went out to see the Chihuli exhibit in Cheekwood gardens.  They are beautiful artwork with blown glass.  I hate seeing very colorful, jazzy stuff in my favorite garden but I have to agree that it was quite tastefully presented keeping in sync with  colors around.  Obviously, I was tired after hours of walking around garden, and getting back home to cooking was the last thing on my mind.  However, there was nothing to eat at home so I had to cook.  I know I could buy something out but then again I wanted to eat Indian and it we don't have any close by.  I took the chicken breast I had frozen and cooked some butter chicken.  Since it was a small quantity it was not too much labor and this I hope will help some of you out there who like smaller proportions for cooking.  The effort was worth it though I could have done without cooking yesterday.  I hope you enjoy this recipe. 

Ingredients:

Chicken - 2 breasts

Marination
Yogurt - 1/3 cup
Chili powder - 1 tspn
Coriander powder - 1/2 tspn
Garam Masala - 1/2 tspn
Kasturi Methi - 1 pinch
Salt - 1 tspn
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tspn

For the Gravy:
Cumin - 1/4 tspn
Black cumin - 1/4 tspn (shah jeera)
Onions - 1 medium size
Ginger - 1 Tbspn chopped
Garlic - 5 plump cloves chopped fine
Tomato - 1 Big (blanched, peeled)
Oil        - 2 Tbspn
Chili Powder -  1 1/2 tspn
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tspn
Garam Masala - 1 tspn
Kasturi Methi - 1 Pinch
Butter   - 1 Tbspn

 Method:
1. Mix all the ingredients for marination and mix in chicken breast cut in small pieces and keep aside for 1/2 hr to 1 hr
2. For the gravy: Heat oil in a pan and splutter both the cumin
3. Add the finely chopped onions and saute followed by ginger and garlic till translucent or even a little more done but I did not brown the onions
4. Switch off the fire, add in all the powders serve it out into a bowl and keep aside to cool
5. Once cool grind the onion mixture to a paste.  You could also add your blanched tomato at this time since it will give enough moisture to make a puree of all the ingredients together
6. Cook the chicken in the oil left from frying the onions on medium heat. This is to cook the chicken keeping it's juices intact.  So increase the heat a little but make sure the chicken is not overdone or brown.  When all the yogurt gravy sticks to the chicken and its cooked through add the ground puree
7. If you feel the gravy need more cooking allow it to cook with the chicken on medium to low fire for 10 to 20 minutes.  The gravy will bubble and splutter so you cook close it but also be aware the gravy tends to burn easily so make sure you are stirring it intermittently.  If you want the gravy thinner add water and let it come to  a boil.  I did not add any water since I wanted a thick gravy
8. Once the gravy is cooked add 1/4 cup of fresh cream, stir in and turn the fire off
 Contributor: Sunitha

48 comments:

  1. The pics make me drool...lovely clicks!

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  2. Looks yum. My kids love Butter chicken, I make it often too. Love the color.
    We were in Nashville for a week for vacation 2 yrs ago I think, stayed near Vanderbilt U, drove to Memphis too to see Elvis's home there. Great cities to visit! :)

    Check this post for my Nashville pics.

    http://www.foodieshope.org/2007/07/independence-day-lunch-and-amaranth-dal.html

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  3. Sunita,

    Butter chicken really yummy. nice color

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  4. I love to cook curry with yogurt too...delicious and healthy.

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  5. Wow butter chicken..that pic makes me drool..lovely dear

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  6. wow, thats a lovely n delicious looking butter chicken...love the color...superb pics..

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  7. This looks so delicious and yummy, very creamy and rich. Loved the color, somehow when i make i don't get this color. Nice click

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  8. butter chicken is our fav..Looks yumm CC

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  9. mouthwatering one da..Pics are extraordinary ..

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  10. You know I am big fan of your...there is honest scrap award for you at my site :) please accept it by visiting

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  11. lovely colour! i never get such a beautiful colour.

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  12. Now, How can I get this here? :) Congratulations and nice job in congregating a variety of 'vibhavangal'. I have to be honest- my job @ my job is to come here and drool on your food pictures. If you know me, my two interests are food and photography. Anyways looking forward to see a lot of food to 'look at'. Good Luck!
    Cheers

    Taffy

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  13. Wow!This looks yum!my favorite restaurant dish.Amazed at how you got that same colour!

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  14. Hey wow thats a great recipe....and that chicken color is making me to taste it rgt at this moment....beautiful one....

    There is an awrd waiting for you at my space. Please do collect them..

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  15. that looks very creamy and tasty. awesome curry...would try this with paneer. lovely.

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  16. I am always making butter chicken from other blogs when eve ri see them which are good, this i am sure going to try too. I just love the colour.

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  17. Delectable butter chicken ,can you pass it over sunitha ? Amazing color n iam wondering how you have got it so perfectly .Love to have it with naan.

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  18. Lovely dish beautiful pictures.

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  19. I absolutely love butter chicken! Yours looks gorgeous. The color is amazing! Now I need to have butter chicken!!

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  20. i made butter chicken 2 days back. I used boneless chicken thighs and baked them so it took a whole lot longer for me...lovely colour

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  21. my husband is a huge fan of chicken. looks so temoting!!

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  22. looks delicious and yum.....drooling visual treat.lovely pics...

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  23. I love butter chicken. This looks soo tempting. Great recipe!

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  24. butter chicken looks yummy and love the color

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  25. delicious and colourful butter chicken. My husband and our daughter's fav dish. looks so beautiful Sunitha

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  26. WOW, Ur butter chicken looks terribly yummy dear! Loved the gravy...uhhhh :D~~~~

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  27. Gorgeous color and sounds so delicious!

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  28. I love to have butter chicken with butter naan. Best combi for me.
    Can you please tell me the quantity of chicken you have used here. Love the color!!! I make it in a slightly different way. Your's looks fantastic

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  29. very delicious and i love it :)... great pic:)

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  30. Mouthwatering picture, looks tempting and delicious.

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  31. Wow.. totally delicious looking curry, love this with some rotis.

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  32. yummy & delicious chicken....b'ful picture!

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  33. Drool..., next time I want to make this and eat together with my turmeric rice, simply yum yum!

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  34. Prendo volentieri la tua ricetta, perchè anch'io torno a casa a volte con poca voglia di cucinare .. ;) ciao cara a presto

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  35. Wooow Very perfect butter chicken, our faav chicken curry goes well with Garlic naan. Hmmm,,,makes me hungry dear.

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  36. Absolutely delicious butter chicken, am drooling here.

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  37. Looks very yummy....would love to try it.

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  38. Same pinch dear! Today i too prepared butter chicken for lunch.

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  39. i love butter chicken too and this one surely is one of the better ones i have seen around!
    Delicious pics as usual!!!

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  40. I really loved the colour of your butter chicken, mouthwatering and yummy one sunita..lovely clicks too

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  41. Athey.....u forgot to mention the amount of chicken ketto....loved teh colour and consisitency of teh curry...and the shots too...

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  42. Athey.....u forgot to mention the amount of chicken ketto....loved teh colour and consisitency of teh curry...and the shots too...

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  43. Wow! Looks spicy and hot!Mouth watery...

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  44. Lovely colour dear..I am bookmarking this...might give this a go soon...

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  45. You give your dish that wonderful finishing touch with lovely pictures. Nice mouth watering recipe.

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  46. Thick and creamy gravy. Wonderful colour. Looks so yummy. i am drooling here.

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  47. yumm I love butter chicken. ladies you take the best photoes :)

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