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Nov 5, 2013

Punjabi Butter Chicken / Butter Chicken Masala (Restaurant Style) / Chicken Makhani / Murgh Makhani ( Makhanwala)

Butter Chicken, Butter Paneer , Hearing the word makes my mouth water..Because i love it so much. The sweet and tangy gravy can pair with anything and i love all recipes that have the base with this gravy..

I have a recipe for butter chicken before..It is a easy way of making this recipe, but this recipe taste so much better than that. It taste similar to the one which we get in restaurants.

If you are in the mood for more butter recipes..Here you go, check out my Easy Butter Chicken, My Butter Paneer Recipe. If you need a Low Fat Butter Paneer Recipe check that too. I have a Butter paneer recipe which is similar to restaurant style also. And this recipe is not similar to butter chicken but i have a awesome butter chicken roast.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Marination Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 45 to 1 hour
Serves - 3 to 4


Oil - 2 tblspn

For Marination:
Chicken - 1/2 kg
Curd / Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Masala:
Butter - 3 tblspn
Oil - 2 tblspn 
Cumin Seeds / Shahi Jeera -  1tsp
Onions - 1 large chopped finely
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tsp
Red Food Colouring - a pinch
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1.5 tsp or to taste
Salt to taste
Tomato - 2 large pureed
Cream - 1/4 cup ( I mixed up 1/4 cup milk with 2 tsp cornflour)
Kasuri methi leaves - 1 tblspn
Water as needed


Take chicken and all the marination ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Leave it to marinate for 15 to 30 mins.

Now heat 2 tblspn oil in a frying pan and place the marinated chicken in a single layer and cook them on high heat for 5 mins or till the chicken is charred. Flip them over and cook again till the chicken is charred. Switch off the flame and set it aside.

Now in a kadai. Add oil and butter and let them heat up.

Add in jeera and let them sizzle. Add in chopped onion and saute them for 5 mins or till the onion is well browned.

Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Add in red food colouring, chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and sugar and mix well and cook for 30 sec.

Add in  tomato puree and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 mins to 8 mins till oil separates from it.

Now add in required amount of water and bring that to a boil. I used 2 cups of water.

Add in grilled chicken pieces and mix well. Simmer the flame and cover the kadai. Cook on a low heat for 15 to 20 mins till the chicken is tender and juicy.

Once the chicken is cooked add in the 1/4 cup of cream. I used the cheat version of cream, like mixing 1/4 cup of milk with 2 tsp corn flour. Simmer it for a min.

Now crush in the kasuri methi leaves into the gravy andmix well. Simmer again for couple of mins.

Switch off the flame and add coriander leaves.

Serve with naan or pulav.

Take all your ingredients

Take your chicken

Add all marination ingredients

Mix them well and let them marinate

Now time to grill those babies

Add the chicken in a frying pan

Cook on both sides for 5 mins.Leave them aside till use
Melt some butter and oil in a kadai

Add in cumin seeds

add in finely chopped onions

saute til  they turn golden

add in ginger garlic paste

Add in spices, food colour, salt and sugar

mix them up

Add in pureed tomatoes

cover and cook

untill oil separates from them

Pour over some water

mix them well

Add in the grilled charred chicken pieces
along with any juices left

Simmer the stove

cover and cook on a low heat for 15 to 20 mins

or Till the chicken is cooked

Now add cream ( I used 1/4 cup milk mixed
with 2 tsp cornflour)

Cook them for a min

Add kasuri methi leaves

mix well



Amrita Matta said... Best Blogger Tips

superb! recipe!!

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Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply awesome! That's the only adjective that I could find of this lovely looking butter chicken. Looks simply droolworthy.

Ranjini Anandaraj said... Best Blogger Tips

The best butter chicken I ve ever tasted !! Thanks for the great recipe

food lover said... Best Blogger Tips

that was a really good recipe.. tried it out yesterday n it tasted really good! everyone liked it.. but i felt it didnt taste like the butter chicken we get in restaurents.. though it was really tasty. ive always wanted 2 make butterchicken the way we hav it in restaurents.. is there a recipe which will do the trick?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@food lover i will look into it. and post the recipe if i come across it.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

@Aarthi thnx! looking forward to it! :)

Melinda said... Best Blogger Tips

I made this for dinner last night and it was WONDERFUL! My family loved it, and my husband has taken leftovers to work today for lunch. Thank you!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

since long i was tempting to eat good chicken dish, tried in manny hotels dint got dat taste.ur recipe just it very butter chicken..

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

@food lover, two minutes before turning off the stove.... Pour some tomato ketchup... 2 tablespoon maybe

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks bro definitely try your version

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Latha said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarthi.. Do u have any vegetarian version for this.. Love the gravy actually

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

In marination ,is there any alternative for curd('coz milk products r allergy for me).

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousYou can skip that. There is no much alternative for that

Vidya Shetty said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent Finger Licking Recipe!

hala Rameez said... Best Blogger Tips

Haii aarthi... thank u for sharing this recipe. .. its realy tasty.. me n my family realy loved it....

gogo chef said... Best Blogger Tips

That is not real recipe

abhishek said... Best Blogger Tips

It was Really Really GREAAAAAAAAAAAT !!!!
Thanks :)

Tina Chahal said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarti
Great recipe. I skipped the food colouring (allergic to red and orange) and added 2 tbsps of 18% cream instead of cream in your recipe. It was yummy.

shabina Ajaz said... Best Blogger Tips

Its yummy and very tasty

shabina Ajaz said... Best Blogger Tips

Its yummy and very tasty

sangram24 said... Best Blogger Tips

For the past 10 years me and my wife go to a restaurant to have one item - chicken tikka butter masala. the price of the item has gone from Rs 100 to Rs 450 in these 10 years. i saw this recipe of yours yesterday , made it today and it was mind boggling. Just awesome !! I think the restaurant just lost a customer today. Thanks a lot

Babita Karson said... Best Blogger Tips

Can liquid food colouring be used in this dish ?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Babita KarsonYes u can use...But you can skip it entirely

Sanjeev Kumar said... Best Blogger Tips

Wah lajawab taste ummah I can't tell
Really great

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi
like ur blog a lot.. Ur receipes r way good n step by step pictures r easy to view..
would like to know muglai butter chicken receipe instead of punjabi style ..

SAGAR SABHARWAL said... Best Blogger Tips

Too Good Aarthi Brilliant Presentation

SAGAR SABHARWAL said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome Brilliant Presentation

Suvarna Sonavane said... Best Blogger Tips

Instead of milk cream you can use pumpkin seeds past.
The receipe is awesome n deliciouso. �� �� ��

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Suvarna Sonavaneyes u can use.Add little milk while grinding it

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I had made it last night and it was loved by my family a u

Butter recipe said... Best Blogger Tips

Mam can i skip food color....

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Butter recipeyes u can skip food colour