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.

Chicken Tikka Masala Photo Courtesy: Food Network

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.

Chicken Tikka Photo Courtesy: Al Barakah Halal Meat & Deli

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.

Indian Comfort Food That Everyone Loves

Every Indian loves food. Indians use food as a stress buster in difficult times. Whenever, a festive season comes, we are ready with lots of sweets, snacks and other items. Indians are fond of good food and each time we are depressed or low, we take solace in food.

There is a wide variety of foods available in India due to its diversity in culture. In this blog post, we have collected a list of Indian foods that are very popular.

  • Moong Dal Khichdi 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes Of India

    This is one dish that is loved by all. This dish has a lot of variants available. This is a perfect mix of dal and chawal. This dish is very easy to prepare. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2vOcrYA

  • Bread Pakodas 
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    This is a great snack for the people of Delhi. This everyday snack is prepared with bread. It is usually filled with spiced potatoes. It is deep fried and dipped in batter. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waa2CL

  • Idli Sambar 
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    Rice Idlis are immersed in hot sambhar, thus making you feel warm and protected. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wKbuxH

  • Pakoras and Chai 
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    Photo Courtesy: India Food Network

    Pakoras and Chai are perfect combination of chilli and spices. Here’s the recipe of pakoras: http://bit.ly/2gN1JLf

  • Samosas 
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    Photo Courtesy: HungryForever

    These are potato stuffed, crispy and can easily fulfill one’s hunger pangs. Two or three samosas are enough to satiate your hunger. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2eNd3q1

  • Rajma Chawal 
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    Photo Courtesy: Sinamon Tales

    Rajma Chawal is a filling dish that is very comforting. It is a perfect food for the kitchen. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2j5r7MR

  • Dhokla 
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    Photo Courtesy: Food NDTV

    This dish can be had any time of the day. May it be dinner, lunch or breakfast. The Gujaratis love this food. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waU3V6

  • Gulab Jamun 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes of India

    This is a classic Indian sweet/dessert which is famous and is enjoyed in most celebration/festive meals. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gNKeKD

  • Jalebi 
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    If you need a dish that is quick, crisp and melts in the mouth, then Jalebi is perfect for you. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/1NfNoAg

  • Tandoori Chicken 
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    Photo Courtesy: Ekta Indian Cuisine

    This Indian dish has its roots in Mughalai cuisine. This tandoori chicken recipe is prepared by marinating in yogurt, spices and grilling to perfection. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wLnVJA

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

History of Some Interesting Dishes of India

Indians love food. Every Indian likes to indulge in the guilty pleasure of rich food. We are a nation of diverse people with many differences. But food is one thing that unites us. Although the food of our nation is also diverse but it is enjoyed by everyone. It is also a fact that the cuisines of India vary with states.

In all these varying cuisines there are certain foods that you may wonder how they originated. And that is why we have collected some interesting dishes and their stories that you will find amusing.

  1. Biryani

Biryani

The word ‘biryani’ comes from the Persian word ‘birian’ meaning ‘fried before cooking’. According to the legend, Mumtaz Mahal(1593-1631), while visiting the army barracks realized that the soldiers there were under-nourished. She ordered that a dish be made that can provide balanced nutrition. The chef prepared many dishes but Mumtaz liked biryani as it was a one pot complete meal.

Biryani Recipe

  1. Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken originated in New Delhi. It was introduced by Chef Simon Mahil Chahal in Moti Mahal restaurant. According to the legend, one night when the restaurant shut down, a VIP guest visited the restaurant and asked for a chicken dish. The chef realized that he had only half chicken tandoori in his stock. He decided to improvise on the dish and put in large amounts of butter, tomato and masalas and invented a new dish. The VIP guest was none other than the ruler of Mareelun and he loved the dish. And that’s how it became popular.

Butter Chicken Recipe

  1. Idli

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The earliest origins of Idli is in ‘Vaddaradhane’ of 970 A.D. A story in which Idli is one of the eighteen dishes served to a Brahamchari. But, the recipe of making Idli is not present in the story.

If we dig a little deeper into history, we find our answers. The Chinese historian Xuang Zang claims that India had no steaming containers. But around 800-1200 AD, the Hindu Indonesian Kings brought with them, the methods of steaming and fermentation. They gave birth to a unique dish called Kedli in South India which resulted in the formation of Idli.

  1. Sambar

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Although Idli was created a long time back, Sambar came into the scene much later. It was in the 18th century that a dish called amti was created in the kitchen of the ruler Shahuji of Thanjavur. It was a very special dish as it contained kokum as one of its ingredients. One season, the kokum ran out of supply. Everyone was thinking what to do when an advisor of the court advised that tamarind pulp should be used instead of kokum to maintain sour taste. So, a dish was made which contained vegetables, tuvar dal, spices and the pulp of tamarind. The dish was served to Shahuji’s cousin Sambhaji. Everyone loved the dish and it was named Sambhar after the name of the guest Sambhaji.

Sambar Recipe

  1. Paneer

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Most Indian dishes contain Paneer. The list of dishes is endless, starting from Shahi Paneer to Palak Paneer. But, it is known to few that Paneer was invented by accident. Once, the Mongols were on a trip on their horses. They were travelling with Mushkis(bags of raw-hyde) which contained milk. Due to the rennet of leather and the dessert heat made Paneer out of the milk. The Mongols found the Paneer to be very delicious. In the years that followed, this ingredient was brought to India and it was an instant hit.

Try these Paneer recipes:-

Shahi Paneer Recipe

Paneer Lababdar Recipe

Palak Paneer Recipe

  1. Samosa

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One of the most famous snack in India today is samosa. But, do you know about its origins? It originated from Central Asia. According to legend, the traders from different parts of the world traveled to India using Central Asian trade routes. They could not carry heavy food so they cooked small triangles that were filled with mince. These were easy to make and carry and could be eaten anytime. When this dish came to India, it was a big hit and Samosa became a staple snack for kings and commoners alike.

Samosa Recipe

 

  1. Pav Bhaji

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The origins of Pav Bhaji are in the city of Mumbai. A local vendor came up with this dish after realizing the problems of daily mill workers. The workers had a very short meal break. They had to do rigorous physical labor after these mini breaks. So, a light lunch was needed. So, the local vendor created a dish with leftovers of other dishes. The roti and rice was substituted with Pav. And the curries were converted into a spicy mixture called ‘bhaji’. The dish became very popular and is loved by all.

Pav Bhaji Recipe

  1. Vada Pav
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Photo Courtesy: Raks Kitchen

Like Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav was also created in Bombay. The dish was created by Ashok Vaidya, who was a snack vendor outside Dadar station. Dadar is a major hub for commuters and a very important station. Vaidya, very innovatively came up with this recipe so that the commuters can eat on the go. The dish was served with fiery red chutney made up of peanuts, coconuts, garlic, chilli and tamarind. This was in 1971 and the dish is still very popular in Bombay and all over India

Vada Pav Recipe

  1. Kebabs

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Kebabs are very popular in the Middle East and also loved by Indians. It was invented in the Medieval Era of Turkey. According to the legend the travelling soldiers wanted to save meat and that is why they cut small pieces of meat, grilled them and ate them with bread. The dish has become popular all over the world today.

Kebab Recipe

  1. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

The same restaurant that gave us Butter Chicken, gave us Tandoori Chicken. It was at Moti Mahal Delux, that the dish was invented by the Chef Kundan Lal Gujral. The chef always tried to experiment with dishes. He loved his tandoor and as an experiment, he took some chicken, applied spices and put it in tandoor. The resulting dish was so good that even Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India) liked it. Later, the dish was prepared for many Indian dignitaries like Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, King of Nepal, Shah of Iran etc.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

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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Photo Courtesy: spiceofindia

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

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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

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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

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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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