The Story Behind “Butter Chicken”!!!

Butter Chicken, which is one of the richest dishes of India is prepared with succulent pieces of chicken that are dipped in a combination of cream, spices and tomatoes. This popular dish is a culinary success that is a treat for the palates throughout the world. The dish, which is known as Murgh Makhani in Hindi is a very popular dish of India that is prepared around the world. Although this dish is a favorite throughout the country, few Indians know how butter chicken originated.

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How and When was “butter chicken” created?

The story of butter chicken starts with the evolution of delicious tandoori chicken. The latter originated in Gora Bazaar, Peshawar where a man named Mokha Singh Lamba started a restaurant 100 years ago. A young chef in the restaurant by the name of Kundan Lal Gujral wanted to do an experiment, so he started skewering yoghurt marinated pieces of chicken and cooking them in a tandoor, which was used for making breads in the past. And thus, the popular dish called “tandoori chicken” was created.

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The dish, which is prepared by the heat of clay tandoor has fragrant and flavour of smoke coming out of hot coals. The version of the dish which was prepared by Gujral was prepared with crispy skin and exterior that is bright red. The dish became a huge hit until Gujral was forced to leave Pakistan during 1947 partition.

When Gujral came to Delhi, he found a restaurant named Moti Mahal which is located in Daryaganj. At that time, there was a lack of refrigeration facilities due to which Gujral had to innovate again and avoid wastage, especially the tandoori tikkas that were unsold. He came to conclusion that tomato gravy, which is filled with butter and cream would soften his leftover chicken. The combination was a huge hit and thus by accident, this delicious dish came into being.

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The trick behind this mildly spiced recipe is a combination of tangy tomatoes and rich dairy. Gujral created a dish that was going to be a hit. Gujral then went ahead to create Dal Makhani which is another great dish that has similar preparation.

During the 1950’s, the Moti Mahal was very popular among celebrities and world leaders like Zakir Hussain, Richard Nixon, Jawahar Lal Nehru and J.F. Kennedy. The first education minister of India i.e. Maulana Azad told Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi that he must visit the Taj Mahal in Agra and Moti Mahal in Delhi. And thus, he became one of the most renowned patrons of Moti Mahal.

The butter chicken became so popular that many other restaurants came up with their own versions of this classic dish. This resulted in different variations like Chicken Lababdar, Mumbai-style Murgh Makhanwallah and Chicken Tikka Masala.

The chicken lababdar is prepared by mixing makhni gravy and onion masala, which is used in Mughlai dishes. To lend a creamier, richer taste to the dish, you must add ingredients like poppy seeds, almonds, cashew nuts or char magaz(which is a combination of 4 seeds/nuts: pumpkin seeds, almonds, watermelon seeds and cantaloupe seeds). These ingredients give creamier and richer taste to the dish.

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Another great variant is chicken tikka masala, which is a gravy dish that contains tikka chunks, cream, combination of tomatoes and spices. This version is basically butter chicken without bones. Tikka which means ‘bits and pieces’ refers to boneless chicken that is marinated in spiced yoghurt and cut into small pieces and baked in tandoor.

In the year 2001, chicken tikka masala was named ‘British National Dish’ by Robin Cook(Foreign Secretary). This resulted in a fierce debate on the origins of this popular dish. Some people believe that the dish was invented by first Mughal emperor, Babur, who was afraid that he would choke on chicken bones. So, he ordered his chefs that they should remove them.

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Zaeemuddin Ahmad, who is a chef at Karim Hotel, Delhi said that the recipe of tikka masala has passed through generations of his family. The recipe, according to him originated during the reign of Bahadur Shah II(1837-1857).

In the 1970s, chicken tikka was ordered at Sheesh Mahal by a British man. When it arrived, the man complained that it was very dry. So, the owner of the restaurant, Ali Aslam Ahmed tossed a tin of canned tomato soup on the tikka and added some yoghurt and spices and thus, this popular dish of Britain came into being.

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The butter chicken, with its many equally-delightful variants are a perfect example of the fact that best things in life are discovered by accident. Little did Kundan Lal Gujral know that when he invented Butter Chicken, he was creating history. Without his experimenting, we would not have known Butter Chicken, Dal Makhani or Tandoori Chicken.

10 Must Have Indian Traditional Dishes

It is a feast for your taste buds to try Indian food. Indian food is very diverse. In India, food is of two types, South Indian and North Indian. It can further be categorized into sub-groups like Rajasthani, Punjabi, Gujarati, Sindhi, Chettinad, Mughali, Kashmiri, Bengali and Hyderabadi.

If you happen to visit any place in India, there are some dishes that you must try. In this article, we have collected most ordered dishes with their recipes:-

  • Butter Chicken
    Butter Chicken is best served with Kaali Daal and Naans. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gQiIaOIndian_Butter_Chicken_1
  • Tandoori Chicken
    Tandoori Chicken is an easy to prepare dish. You can prepare it anytime you feel like eating it. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qNgRv7tandoori-chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
    This delicious dish is prepared by marinating chicken pieces and then grilling them. Then they are added to thick and creamy gravy. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qHuDPbZA0207H_chicken-in-creamy-tomato-curry-chicken-tikka-masala_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.616.462
  • Rogan Josh
    This dish from Kashmir literally translates to ‘red lamb’. The colour of the dish is due to The red chillies that are used in the dish. Although, the name of the dish is fiery but the spiciness of the dish is reduced due to the cream added to it. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qN6nvN15732-4359-mx
  • Malai Kofta
    A vegetarian alternative of meatball, Malai Kofta goes well with Jeera Rice or Naans(tandoor-baked flatbreads). Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2k7Wh2Tmalai-kofta14
  • Chole(Chickpea Curry)
    This delicious dish is best served hot with pooris or bhatooras. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ijgL7dpunjabi-chole-recipe23
  • Palak Paneer
    This delicious dish is mildly flavoured and very healthy. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2hXqMLkpalak-paneer-recipe25
  • Kaali Daal
    Kaali Daal, which is also known as Ma Ki Daal is very nutritious and delicious. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2rtJQVokali-daal
  • Chaat
    This is one of the most popular snack of North India. Different kinds of variations can be found. A popular alternative to regular dinner is a chaat party. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2rtq50oगुजराती-चाट-बनाने-की-विधि
  • Naan
    This is a popular Indian bread that is best served with popular dishes like Tandoori Chicken and Kebabs. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2rLrQ5yimages

10 Delicious Chicken Curry Recipes

Indian food is made up of beautiful mix of spices and herbs. In this article, we share with you 10 popular Indian chicken recipes.

Tender pieces of chicken mixed in a tasty gravy. It gives you an enticing aroma that cannot be ignored. Chicken curry is a favourite dish of everyone. Its a perfect dish for Indian party.

Curry is a Tamil word for sauce. The dish has its origins in the old Indus civilization. Since then it has spread to all parts of the world. Everyone knows that people of Britain love the ‘curry’. Chicken tikka masala is one of the most popular meal in England.

The curry can be of different flavors as you walk across different countries. Indian curries are very versatile as each state has a different version. If you go to Northern and Eastern India, you will be served with a delicious curry filled with garam masala and different spices. If you move to west, you will find flavors of cardamom, poppy seeds and khada masalas in the dishes. If you move South, you will find coconut flavor when you add coconut milk.

The mode of cooking differs according to the taste of locality. For example, ghee(butter) and vegetable oils are mainly used in North India and in the curries of the South, you will find flavor of coconut oil. Sesame and groundnut oil are used heavily in the curries of East and West.

Here are some of the great recipes:-

  1. Malwani Chicken Curry: This is a fiery curry with the base of coconut. The great thing about this curry is freshly made malvani masala.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gVibHw

2. Chicken Tikka Masala: This is one of the most ordered meal on the globe.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gVzyWt

3. Butter Chicken: Butter chicken is made by marinating the chicken, the whole night. The chicken is roasted, then cooked with masalas, cream and tomato puree.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gQiIaO

4. Murg Malaiwala: Chicken drumsticks are immersed in saffron, milk, cream, mild spices and rose petals.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gD9jFW

5. Kadhai Chicken: This recipe is filled with flavors including sweet, sour and spicy. The chicken is marinated with tamarind, bell peppers, lemon, jaggery and spicy paste.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2h2u62J

6. Razela Chicken: This is a popular Bengali curry that is rich and flavoured. This dish, which is prepared with boneless chicken, khoya, cashew nut paste is a great treat for you.

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Here’s the recipe:

7. Sali Marghi: Sali Marghi is a Parsi dish in which chicken is mixed with tangy tomato gravy and the topping is done with strings of crisp and fried potato.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gDgdey

8. Chicken Do Pyaaza: The quantity of onions used in this recipe is double that of a regular curry. This is a Punjabi favourite and is filled with garam masala, kasoori methi, ginger-garlic, cream and spices. Onion is used to give it sweet flavor and the flavor is balanced with a number of spices.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gVDd6v

9. Chicken Xacuti: This is a great delicacy of Goa. This is a spicy curry and chicken pieces are put in it and flavours like cashews, coconut and white poppy seeds are given to it.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2g878tm

10. Kolhapuri Chicken: This chicken curry is prepared with Kolhapuri masala and uses great flavours like peanut oil, black pepper, bay leaf and cloves.

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Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2fZHsfo

10 Must-Have Indian Chicken Recipes

When cooked in Indian style, Chicken becomes a great treat for anyone who is into non-veg. Indian cooking has a unique combination of herbs and spices. Chicken is a very versatile ingredient and when you cook it, you can try a lot of things. It is also very good for your health. Our body can benefit with 30 different nutritional values that are found in just 100 grams of chicken. It is a great source of lean and low fat protein. It also contains selenium, which has anti-cancer properties.
We have assembled some interesting chicken recipes for you that we are sure you will like. Let us explore them.

1. Chicken Tikka Masala

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This dish is loved by all and is the most ordered meal around the globe. Did you know that this Indian dish originated in UK??

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

2. Butter Chicken

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The chicken is marinated overnight and then it is roasted and cooked in tomato puree, masalas and cream.

Butter Chicken Recipe

3. Chicken Do Pyaaza

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This dish is prepared with double quantity of onions when compared to regular curry. This is a favourite Punjabi dish made with garam masala, kasoori methi, ginger garlic, spices and cream. The onions used in the dish give it sweetness and it is balanced by the spices used in the dish.

Chicken Do Pyaza Recipe

4. Chicken Xacuti

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This dish originated in Goa. This spicy curry contains chunks of chicken that are cooked in a mix of flavours like cashews, coconut and white poppy-seeds.

Chicken Xacuti Recipe

5. Kashmiri Chicken

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This chicken curry uses a good amount of tomatoes and also uses good amount of spices that give it great flavour. Large chunks of chicken are used traditionally in Kashmir but you can use any size according to your needs.

Kashmiri Chicken Recipe

6. Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

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This is better than the lentil soup as it contains pieces of chicken and a combination of garlic, ginger and chilly. A lots of toppings can be added as you like.

Chicken Mulligatawny Soup Recipe

7. Chicken Korma

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Chicken Korma is basically from North India. The meaning of Korma is “braised” in English. It’s a soft spiced curry with meat and vegetables added to it. This dish originated in the royal Mogul court 400 years ago.

Chicken Korma Recipe

8. Kerala Chicken Curry

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This chicken curry is very special. Although most homes make this dish, the recipe may vary. Although the ingredients are too many but it is very easy to make. It tastes better the next day i.e. you can keep it in the fridge for one day and then serve.

Kerala Chicken Curry Recipe

9. Chicken 65

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One of the best starter recipe of India, chicken 65 can be easily prepared at home. The secret behind the recipe is the sautéing of fried chicken and the use of spiced yogurt.

Chicken Curry Recipe

10. Chicken Chaap

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Its one dish that can never be missed. It comes from Bengali cuisine and is a treat for your taste buds. It is said that Chicken Chaap was a part of Awadhi cuisine and the Nawabs of Bengal brought this dish along with other dishes to Bengal.

Chicken Chaap Recipe