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Punjabi Butter Chicken Recipe

Published on: July 26, 2013 | Updated on: June 23, 2015
Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

This dish is probably the most known Indian dish, popular even outside the country.  It is probably the most ordered chicken dish by foreigners who visit India. Punjabi Butter Chicken recipe has been perfected and passed on to generations and numerous Punjabi restaurants all over India serve it as a specialty. Punjabi Butter Chicken is also known as Murg Makhani. As the name suggests the dish originated in the state of Punjab and made immortal by numerous Punjabis running restaurants all over the world. The dish has an amazing buttery taste which makes you keep longing for more. So here is a simple recipe to make Punjabi Butter Chicken at home.

Ingredients needed for Punjabi Butter Chicken

  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Green Cardamom (ilaychi) – 2
  • Black cardamom (Badi ilaychi)- 1
  • Cloves (laung)- 2
  • Cinnamon stick (dalchini)- 1 inch piece
  • Onion-1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Tomato puree – 1/2 cup
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Curd- 2 tbsp
  • Cashew nut paste – 2 tbsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Tandoori masala – 1 tsp
  • Chicken – 1/2 kg
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cream – 1/2 cup
  • Kasturi methi – 1 tsp

How to make Punjabi Butter Chicken

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add cloves, black cardamom and green cardamom in the  oil.
  • Add onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  • Add tomato puree and fry for a minute.
  • Remove the pan from heat and set aside the masala cool.
  • Grind the masala in a grinder to make a smooth paste.
  • Add butter in the same pan.
  • Add the grounded masala.
  • Add curd and cook for a minute.
  • Add cashew nut paste, Kashmiri red chili powder and garam masala powder
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add little water if required
  • Add chicken and salt and a cup of water
  • Cook till chicken is done
  • Add fresh cream
  • Add kasturi methi
  • Serve hot with naan


I am a dental surgeon turned full time mom of a lovely boy. Apart from running around him and doing a lot of activities with him, I like to cook and experiment with new stuff.


Showing 1 Comments :
bristol plasterer April 21, 2015 at 5:13 pm

This sounds so good. Thanks for sharing this. Definitely giving it a go.


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