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.

Kundan Lal Gujral
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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.

Healthy Indian Breakfast Recipes

One of the most important meal in a day is breakfast. Some people tend to skip the breakfast due to shortage of time. But one should never miss this meal. In India, the breakfast is different for different states because of varying cuisines. For eg. In South India, uttapam, dosa and idli are popular. While in North India, there are different varieties of parathas that are popular.

Some people want simple breakfasts like toasts and eggs(omelette/scrambled). If you are a vegetarian, you can make paneer bhurji, tofu or besan chilla that goes well with toast. Another popular breakfast is aloo poori. There can be different ways of making aloo sabzi.

In this blog post, we share with you some of the best breakfast recipes:-

  • Rava Upma

     

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    Upma is a south Indian dish that is prepared with rava. Rava is also known as sooji(cream of wheat). Upma is normally served with coconut chutney, lemon pickle and lime slices. It can also be served plain. Some different kinds of Upma include Tomato UpmaOats UpmaIdli UpmaPoha UpmaBread Upma.

  • Rava Dosa

     

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    This is a very easy dosa recipe that is prepared with rice flour, semolina, flour and onions. It is a great option for breakfast. It is usually served with sambhar and coconut chutney. Besides rava dosa, some different types of dosas include Masala Dosa, Oats Dosa, Benne Dosa, Cheese Dosa, Neer Dosa, Sada Dosa.

  • Idli

     

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    This is a traditional breakfast that is prepared in every South Indian home. It is a very healthy and delicious breakfast. It is usually served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Some popular kinds of idli include Kanchipuram Idli, Ragi Idli, Poha Idli, Oats Idli.

Pulses: Important Part Of Healthy Meal

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Pulses have important place in an Indian meal, either in South India or in North India; in states from Western India or in East Indian states. These are included in main meals as yummy dishes like Dal Makhani or just Plain Dal with Tadka, Sambhar or Chole etc.

Chole

Chole

Pulses are an important ingredient of some special preparations like Puran Poli, Dahi Vada and many others. Pulses are cooked as whole, split, husked or washed. They can be used in a variety of ways in soups, curries, salads, snacks and desserts. Soaking of pulses is advisable before cooking to reduce cooking time.

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

For those who are vegetarian, Pulses are vital as an important source of proteins. These are good source of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin (all vitamin B). Also supply carbohydrates, calcium, carotene, iron and potassium. Whole pulses and split dal with skin provide good quantity of fiber. Skin also prevents loss of water soluble nutrients. Nutritive value and digestibility of pulses can be increased by sprouting or fermenting them. There is an appreciable increase of the B vitamins, iron and also vitamin C after sprouting of pulses. Fermentation also increases the content of the vitamin B like in Idli, Dosa and Dhokla.

Dosa

Dosa

As pulses are good source of protein and low in carbohydrate, hence are good options to substitute part of total cereals, to provide balanced calories to a patient of Diabetes or for those who need to control intake of calories. But total protein content has to be kept in mind, not to overload kidneys. Some pulses constitute soluble fiber like Rajma. Soluble fiber helps to control cholesterol in blood. These are useful for conditions like- high cholesterol, hypertension and high blood pressure.
We will now discuss about preparation of Rajma Curry.

Rajmah Curry

Rajma Curry

Rajma Curry

Serves -1
Portion size – 1bowl

Ingredients

Rajmah – 40 g dry or 80 g soaked
Water – 1:4 by volume
Salt -1/2 t
Hing(Asafoetida) -1 pinch
Red chili powder – 1/8 t
Garam masala (Ground Spices) powder -1/8 t
Garlic – 2 cloves
Onion – 40 g
Oil – 1T
Turmeric powder – 1/8 t
Coriander powder -1/4 t
Tomato -50 g
Curd – 1 t
Coriander leaves – 1 sprig

Method-

Pick and wash rajmah, soak overnight. Drain and make 2 c of water, if required, by adding additional water. Pressure cook with water, salt and hing for 20 minutes on low heat after first whistle. Let it cool and drain the rajmah, reserve the stock. Make a paste of onion, ginger and garlic, fry it in heated oil until golden brown. Add chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder, fry for two minutes. Add garam masala pd and paste of tomatoes. Fry until it leaves sides of the pan, add beaten curd. Fry again till the curd is absorbed in masala. Add the drained rajmah and fry for another five minutes. Add reserved stock and cook for five minutes after it starts boiling. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves either with rice or chapati.

Nutritive Value:

Calories -268,
Protein – 10.5 g
Fat -11 g
Carbohydrate – 31.8 g
Fiber – 3.7 g
Calcium -162 mg
Iron – 2.6 mg
Carotene – 193 micro g
Vitamins B
Sodium and Potassium.

Punjabi Cuisine: 10 Punjabi Recipes

Punjab is different from other states of India because of its great food. Punjab is synonymous with food. Their food represents the soul of Punjab. Their food is robust, rich and filled with life just like themselves.

Punjabi cuisine is filled with hearty ingredients and bold textures. It is very popular all over North India. An amazing thing about Punjabi food is its variety. It is filled with delicious recipes like Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Amritsari Machchi and Bhuna Gosht for those who are into non-vegetarian food. Their vegetarian food is great too. It includes Chole Bhature, Dal Makhni and Sarson ka Saag which have fans around the world.

Punjab is the place where tandoori food originated. Tandoor originated in Persia and it was brought to India by Arabs. The people of Punjab were the first one to learn cooking with tandoor. It is also believed that Tandoori chicken was invented in 1930 at Peshawar.

It is a very interesting fact that important Punjabi dishes, such as Dal Makhani and Butter Chicken were a result of an experiment.

The state being the biggest consumer of milk is known for its beverages like lassi or chaach which are a necessary part of every meal. Punjabi breads like naan, kulchas and rumali rotis are very popular.

Here we give you 10 popular recipes of Punjab that you will find finger-licking good:-

  1. Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

The all-time favorite butter chicken is known to all. The dish contains juicy pieces of chicken immersed in creamy gravy.

Butter Chicken Recipe

  1. Makke Ki Roti & Sarson Ka Saag
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This is a delicious dish of winter season. The recipe contains bathua, palak and sarso ka saag.

Makke Ki Roti Recipe

Sarson Ka Saag

  1. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoorimumbai

This dish is hard to resist and is a favorite for all. Here is a simple recipe that you will love.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

  1. Chole Bhature

chole bhature

The mouthwatering Chole Bhature is a recipe of Punjabi origin. It is one of the favorite Indian dishes and is loved by people throughout India.

Chole Bhature Recipe

  1. Masala Chana

chana masala

These boiled chickpeas are prepared with masalas and cooked perfectly. It is perfect for your lunch menu or a dinner. Try this popular recipe.

Chana Masala Recipe

  1. Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani

Dal makhani is a popular dish that can be found in any eating destination throughout India. May it be a local dhaba to a 5 star hotel, you will find the dish in every state. Try this delightful Dal with this easy recipe.

Dal Makhani Recipe

  1. Aaloo Parantha

Aaloo Paratha

Stuffed paratha is a normal breakfast in Punjab. The stuffing can be of anything including cheese, potatoes, cauliflower etc. Out of these, what is relished the most is Aaloo Parantha. Cooked in large amounts of ghee and normally served with curd or butter. Try this tempting recipe.

Aaloo Paratha Recipe

  1. Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka

Paneer tikka is a scrumptious recipe. These are tender and soft pieces of paneer, mixed with masala and are grilled hot. Try this easy recipe.

Paneer Tikka Recipe

  1. Rajma Chawal

Rajma Chawal

Rajma is the favorite dish of Punjabis. It is prepared in every Punjabi home. Rajma goes well with chawal(rice). Try this tasty recipe.

Rajma Chawal Recipe

  1. Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Kadai paneer is a delicious recipe of Punjab. It is popular throughout India. Try this delicious recipe.

Kadai Paneer Recipe

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