Butter Chicken

    This is another chicken curry dish slightly mild in taste. It is primarily cooked in butter and a nutty paste comprising
    of almonds.

    Serves 6:
    Preparation Time: 20 minutes


    Ingredients:
  • Chicken, diced – 1 kg
  • Butter – 50 gm
  • Onions, chopped – 2 large
  • Anise – ½ teaspoon
  • Green Cardamoms – 2
  • Cloves – 4
  • Almond, grinded – 100 gm
    (This is available ready made in most super stores.)
  • Tomato puree – 2 tablespoon
  • Turmeric – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chillie Powder – ½ teaspoon or to taste.
  • Nutmeg powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger Paste – 2 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste.
  • Water – 1 litre (approximately.)
  • Fried onions – ½ cup
  • Cream – 200 ml
  • Almond flakes – 2 tablespoon
  • Coriander, chopped – 1 small bunch.


    Method:
  • Melt 50 gm butter in a pan. Add onions, ½ teaspoon anise, 2 green cardamoms, 4 cloves and fry for 2 minutes. Add
    the chicken and fry together until it is slightly cooked. It should turn white in colour when this happens.

  • Make almond paste using 2 cups of water and 100 gm ground almond.

  • Add almond paste, 2 tablespoon tomato puree, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon chillie
    powder, 1 teaspoon nutmeg powder, 2 teaspoon ginger paste and 1 teaspoon salt to the chicken. Mix well and cook
    for 5 minutes.

  • Add enough hot water to cover all the chicken.

  • Cover the lid and let it cook for another 15 minutes with occasional stirring.

  • Add ½ cup fried onions and mix well. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove from heat.

  • Pour cream on top and stir gently. Garnish with 2 tablespoon of almond flakes and chopped coriander. Serve hot with
    naan or rice.


    Variation:
    Add cashew nuts, hazelnut or poppy seeds instead of ground walnut. Butter chicken can also be cooked without any
    nuts. Simply cook with butter, spices and cream.


    Tips:
    Use oil or ghee instead of butter for an equally mouth-watering dish. This will alter the taste slightly.