Thursday, January 13, 2011

Butter Chicken Masala

 I wonder why my eyes are conditioned to spotting butter chicken on the menu every time I am in an Indian restaurant. I always remind myself that I have to order a new dish  but I end up ordering butter chicken,I am completely besotted with its richness and the creamy texture and the flavors galore never ceases to satiate me & my taste buds which are a complete  slave to this dish . I can modestly claim that I do make it the way it is served in some of the very good restaurants,but still wonder why I never fail to order this on every single trip  I make to the restaurant.

This time I have prepared this with Banne Nawab's butter chicken masala. I must tell everyone that this brand is free of any artificial flavors/colors and MSG,there is also a recipe inside the packet,which will ask you to add color if you choose to.I like these masalas a lot and the restaurant taste can be replicated when using these.
I made it according to the recipe which came with this packet but avoided the color ,butter and the fresh cream the recipe called for and trust me- you will not be disappointed, It has been declared the Best Butter Chicken by all who tasted it . So do give this one a goes...

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

1. Ingredients required : serves 5
2. boneless skinless chicken: 1 lb cut into bite size pieces
3. Onions: thinly sliced or diced very fine
4. cooking oil/olive oil: 2 tbsp
5. for garnishing: pudina/mint leaves,cilantro chopped fine
6. yogurt/curd: 50 g/1.76 oz
7. cashew nuts grounded with 1/2 cup water: 30 g? 1.06 oz
8. ustad banne nawab's hyderabadi butter chicken masala: 1 packet

Take 50 ml water and make a paste of the butter chicken masala along with the grounded cashew paste and rub it all over the chicken and put it aside.

Whip the 50 g yogurt and keep it aside.

Heat 2 tbsp Olive oil in a pan and add the thinly sliced onions when the oil turns hot. saute till pinkish brown.

Now add the chicken coated in the masala and fry for 2 - 3 minutes. Till you see the pieces are turning white.

Add yogurt,stirring continuously till the chicken and masala along with yogurt is blended well.

Now add some water depending on how thick or thin you want the gravy to be,usually the butter chicken masala gravy is thick and supposed to be enjoyed with naan or tandoori roti. So I used 1 tea cup for water.

Cover and cook,till the chicken is tender and all the gravy comes together. Now garnish with chopped mint & cilantro and cook for a couple minutes more and enjoy it hot with naan or tandoori roti.

Note: This butter chicken masala is cooked without butter,cream and color and still tastes very authentic.

Picnic table on the deck

bird  feeder with all snow & no birds:(

lamp post and ever greens submerged in snow

Icicles I see from the kitchen window:)

they are a pretty sight

some resemble a crocodiles tail

These are some pictures from the snow we had on the 11th and continued into the 12th. Our Town had a record 24 inches.All I see around my house and on the deck is mountains of snow,and icicles from the roof .It is a very pretty sight even though the snow on the roof scares me-What if the roof caves in with the weight of the snow...*fingers crossed*


  1. yeah I agree with u kavita... No one can resist the rich and creamy texture of this dish.. And I'm drooling over those yummy clicks!

  2. Wow looks like how they make in the restaurant..chicken lovers will definitely grab it all!

    US Masala

  3. Butter chicken - my absolute favourite! And I love your pics! My Mom lives in Auburn, Massachusetts and I know she got hit hard too. The snow is gorgeous though (as long as I don't have to shovel it). :O)

  4. Gorgeous butter chicken masala perfect for the weather.

  5. all time fav....nice pics...v inting n tempting!

  6. My son is drooling over this. I am a vegetarian but my sons love eating chicken. Arun is pestering me make it this instant.

  7. Irresistible butter chicken masala, absolutely inviting..

  8. This creamy butter chicken is perfect with rotis!!

  9. the butter chicken looks very creamy and yummilicious....

  10. My fav..Great looking butter chicken, am drooling here kavita...

  11. Butter my fav the creamy texture....

  12. Creamy and yummy,delicious looking butter chicken..irresistible,this would be great with rotis.

  13. Last night I just watched a cooking program and they were showing how to make chicken masala. Yours look so far better.

  14. It sounds really tasty Kavita...I'm the same way in a restaurant, scanning the menu till my eyes lock on my favorite (my favorite changes with the wind). Love the snow pictures..beautiful and praying for your roof!

  15. First of all butter chicken looks great.....Wow that ice hanging from the window looks so good... I never get this much snow showers....
    Really nice to meet you....:)


  16. Mmmm...good, Kavita. Your butter chicken looks so beautiful, and authentic, the spice packet is real handy to use. Looks easy to make, and the sauce is so mouthwatering, to dip some naan bread into it, and mop it up!

    You have really been hit hard by tons of snow, although the photos look so pretty with all the white snow, but not so much fun to shovel it!

  17. Wow what a beautiful sight from your kitchen !
    And that's really a droolworthy butter chicken.
    Nice blog...will come back again

    Hamaree Rasoi

  18. This is one of my all time favorite dish. Wonderful recipe! I loved the flavor and the texture.

  19. Mouth watering recipe and photos! It's one of my favorite dishes also!

  20. Snow! I think I'd just wither because I'd be so cold.
    Butter chicken can be good, but so often it is too greasy and the addition of food coloring spoils the look. Your version sounds quite delicious.

  21. Lovely dish :) very tempting..I loved the Icicles photos. They are just amazing.

  22. My all time favorite...your version sounds perfect n d fascinating snow clicks...have a nice time Kavitha..:)
    Tasty appetite

  23. This looks like an easy,healthier and yummy version of butter chicken masala.Though I am a vegetarian my husband who is not would love this.I hope I can find that brand of masala here.

  24. First time at your space Kavita. You have a wonderful space here. Following you now :)


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