Happy 2016, everybody! Who wants to start the year right with some delish nom nom?
Cue Butter Chicken.
I've tried to get this recipe right without reading about it anywhere for ages, and I made such a simple mistake every time that when I finally got it right this time, I couldn't believe how stupid it was.
There's no onions in this recipe. (WHAT)
Marinate boneless pieces of chicken in yogurt, ginger, garlic, salt, turmeric, garam masala, cumin and coriander powder for an hour minimum. Then tava-fry or grill the pieces till cooked and brown. Set aside.
Puree tomatoes (I used 2.5 for 1 kg of chicken). Puree a handful of cashews too. Heat a slab of butter and put in some cumin seeds. When they sputter, put in the tomato puree and cook. Add the cashew puree and freshly ground and roasted garam masala and a little tandoori chicken masala, and chilli powder. Some might add a pinch of sugar (not me). Add a little light cream and simmer. Taste it to see if it tastes like butter chicken. Add the chicken and simmer a little more till you're happy with the consistency. Serve with a small garnish of cream and nice hot rice or roti!