Sunday, 7 February 2016


Its weekend, we do not mind spending little more time in the kitchen. These days I am perhaps loosing out on patience, always in a lookout for easy recipes that takes less time to cook. I am not to be blamed entirely for this. My family's food choices are a bit different from mine. What I love to cook is not always what they love to eat. I still do them because doing them is staying attached to my roots, which is a necessity. It is also true I want to cook those dishes that my men will happily eat. So I prepare a balanced meal which has both.... what they love and what I love.

This Butter Chicken was done very simply. I do not like using too much butter, cream, ghee in my dishes. What I cook, I eat too and I have been prescribed a restricted diet. So there is much less use of butter than usual  in this dish. Secondly, authentic Bengali cooking does not require use of these, so I am not much used to. I tried to keep the process simple. Let us do it.

Chicken : 1kg
Tomato : 4-5 medium
Onion : 2-3 medium
Garlic[minced] : 2tsp
Garam Masala Powder: 1tbsp
Plain Yogurt : 1small cup
Lemon Juice : 2tbsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp[I did not have cayenne]
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As required
Butter : I tbsp + 1tsp
Oil : 4-5tbsp

Wash the chicken thoroughly and marinate with lemon juice, salt and half tsp of turmeric. Keep aside for 1 hour.

Peel, wash and slice the onions. Keep the minced garlic ready. Wash, chop the tomatoes and grind to a paste.

Heat 1tbsp butter and the oil in a wok. Fry the chicken pieces on both sides till light brown in batches discarding the marinade.

In the same oil, add the minced garlic. Fry till light brown. Add the sliced onions and fry till golden brown.

Add the tomato paste. Stir for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, rest of the turmeric and the two chilli powders. Stir for 1/2 a minute. Beat the yogurt and add. Stir for another minute.

Add 2 cups water. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Now add the fried chicken pieces. Stir and cover cook for 4-5 minutes.

Add the garam masala Powder. Cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1tsp butter, stir and switch off.