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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



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

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

  3. 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?

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

  5. @Aarthi thnx! looking forward to it! :)

  6. 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!

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

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

  9. thanks bro definitely try your version

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

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

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

  13. Excellent Finger Licking Recipe!

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

  15. That is not real recipe

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Can liquid food colouring be used in this dish ?

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

  21. Wah lajawab taste ummah I can't tell
    Really great

  22. 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 ..

  23. Too Good Aarthi Brilliant Presentation

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

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

  26. I had made it last night and it was loved by my family a thanks..........................to u

  27. awesome recipe I must say....
    just one thing to know... how the taste changes by adding fresh cream into it...

  28. @Sachin DeshmukhFresh cream will give this curry a lot of creaminess.

  29. For preparing cream we have to use boiled or unboiled milk

  30. Replies
    1. Thanks I plan to use unboiled, tomorrow butter chicken :-)

  31. Did butter chicken, wow,great,its like heaven to have after cooking it with lots of effort

  32. Luking frwd for dis dish at lunch nw, hope it tastes d same like urs

  33. Luking frwd for dis dish at lunch nw, hope it tastes d same like urs

  34. your cheat version of cream is mind blowingly simple and new. also i like your blog so mucu. i picked up the schezwan chicken recipe from yours and had huge appreciation from frnds. keep posting new recipes and wish u all the very best. supeb work Aarthi.

  35. Lovely recipe tasted really good

  36. I've lately started cooking. This recipe was simple & I tried it out. My butter chicken turned to be so yummy. Thanks Aarthi for sharing the recipe.It is really helpful atleast for first timers like me... Keep up the good work!

  37. Aarthi thank you sooooo muchhhh. I have tried four recipes from ur blog and blv me that mughlai chicken korma was outstanding. all of my frnds appreciated it so much and u clearly made our party foodiliciously hit. God bless u and keep posting new recipes. I m so happy to find ur blog.

  38. d way u hav poured red color in it as if its artificial curry. Jus put a little. Not as much as its dark red

  39. Hi dear,
    This recipe looks yummy. What is the alternative for full cream.

  40. @Anonymousu can use some milk mixed with some corn flour

  41. Good review. I like this recipe. Informative and interesting which we share with you so i think so it is very useful and knowledgeable. I would like to thank you for the efforts. I am tiring the same best work from me in the future as well.

  42. Hi arathy, great recipe. Usually you add sugar to the dishes which requires tomatoes. Why did you skip it this time?

  43. @Anonymousi have added in this..check it, it is along with the spices

  44. The information in this blog is extremely useful for the people. Thank's for sharing.

  45. Thank you Arati,tried it today for lunch and my family loved it and so did I.Was yum

  46. Thank you arathi, its yummy delicious I tried it its really fabulous

  47. Tried your recipe.........it was so goooood. Thanks for sharing

  48. Tried ur receipe today .., it was a big hit in my family .. Thanks dear

  49. Salma Niyas

    Tried this today ' s dinner .. Very yummy .. Thanks for ur superb receipe ..

  50. Hi Aarthi!
    Following your various recepies for past one year almost!
    Hats off to you! The way you explain and show the step by step pics is really awesome !
    And your recipes are easy and so practical. The food turns out to be perfect and really yummy!
    You are an excellent cook !
    Will try your butter chicken soon and get back to u. This is the first time I'm writing to you!
    In this recipe could u please tell me how much readymade tomato puree can be added? If I don't have tomatoes?
    Thanks .

  51. @Sonal Vermaif u are using readymade tomato puree, use around 1 cup of it

  52. Hi Aarthi, can u tell me the measurement in grams for the cup u use for milk or curd ??

  53. Thanks! Cooked and enjoyed it. Turned out great! A 5 Star recipe and presentation, very clearly explained.
    Rahul Thacker,M.D.

  54. thank you for this recipe! like most recipes from your blog this too was a hit at home.


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