August 11, 2013

Butter Chicken Recipe / Indian Butter Chicken Masala

         One rich and creamy curry that sides well with rice or bread. The first time I made this after watching Vahchef cooking video was 6 years ago, thank you chef. As days passed I made my own alterations and everyone loves this recipe at home. My dad was impressed as it tasted restaurant style. After marriage my hubby also loves this, so the fan list builds on..

This time we gave a surprise party for my friend Pradhi's birthday and I cooked this to side with Vegetable Pulav which resulted in adding this combo to my Family Friends' Favorite list. She kept asking me why I did not take any pictures for posting this on the blog...Here Pradhi, am posting this now, well I'm sure this will remind me of your Birthday bash every time :)

Chicken - 400 Grams (Boneless)
Onion - 2 heeped cups or 2 large onions (Finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 Medium sized (Pureed)
Tomato Ketchup - 1 tablespoon
Butter - 1 tablespoon
Olive oil / Oil - 1 tablespoon
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Milk - 2/3 cup (I used whole milk)
Water - 1/4 cup
Cashew nut - 8 whole (soak in 2 tablespoon hot water and grind to paste)
Coriander powder - 2-1/2 teaspoons
Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Garam masala - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - as needed
Coriander leaves - 1 hand full(Finely chopped)

  • Take a heavy bottom pan, Heat oil first, add butter(helps to avoid burning of butter). Add onions with salt and fry until they are golden brown.

  • Add Ginger Garlic paste, Turmeric, Chilli and Coriander powder. Saute until oil oozes. Now add Tomato puree, Tomato ketchup and saute until raw smell goes off.

  • Now add chicken, water and stir well. Remove from fire and add milk (to avoid curdling). Keep back on fire, close the pan and cook chicken until they are tender soft. Do this process on medium low flame and stir well in between.

  • When the chicken is done, check for salt. Add Cashew paste and Garam masala and stir well. just let it sit on sim/low fire for 2 minutes, switch off. Add chopped coriander and stir well before serving.

My Notes:
  •  Tandoori chicken is used in this gravy traditionally. so we can also stir fry chicken before adding to the gravy.
  • Cream (about 2 tablespoon) can be substituted for cashew paste.
  • Kasoori methi is used to flavor this curry, so add some while adding chicken if you love the flavor. 


  1. So tempting n beautiful clicks

  2. Wow Divya butter chicken looks really yummy.True most of Vah chef's recipes come out really well.I like his way of presenting :).

  3. Divya my morning temptation seems to be this chicken butter masala, makes me drool

  4. Butter chicken looks soo tempting and yummy... Fantastic clicks Divya :-)

  5. Divya... You making a vegetarian to post comment on this dish!!! Lovely it looks... Shiny creamy gravy is just super fab :) I will replace chicken wit veggies or paneer ;)

  6. The gravy looks so rich and delicious...

  7. mouthwatering divya... everybody has their own versions of butter chicken but whichever way it is made, never fails to hit on the taste buds!!!

  8. Creamy and one finger licking gravy, super Divya... my hubbys fav...

  9. Royal butter fav dish...

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  10. My fav and have made my version many times. Its like one of the dishes my friends look forward to when we have our little gatherings at home.

    Adore the outcome, the spices and butter married so well into the chicken pieces. Still I would love try out your variation for the next round when we gather.

  11. good one...

  12. yummy preparation and my fav chicken

  13. pulao with chicken masala is awesome dear :) pass me the bowl..

  14. my kids fav :)So creamy & delicious looking butter chicken...perfectly done!

  15. Finger licking good recipe, just love it :) Delicious pics :)

  16. Awesome looking butter chicken. Wonderfully prepared. No wonder that everyone likes this at your home.

  17. oh.d name it self making me more tempting...luks just hot n psicy...

  18. Wow, easy & tempting one.. Love that creamy look :)

  19. Wow this recipe looks wonderful and I love all the ingredients. I'm definitely saving this to try. I know my family will love this.

    Beautiful blog, I'm glad I stopped by.

  20. hmm..yumm it to have it with naan

  21. Omg, wish i get that bowl of fingerlicking butter chicken, seriously makes me hungry.

  22. a delicious chicken dish! I am a big fan of Vahchef even before starting the blog and most of my Indian recipes are adapted from his recipes....

  23. Looks simply amazing Divya ! very creamy and yummy !

  24. That butter chicken has made me go weak in the knees!

  25. Divya, amazing clicks!! the chicken looks very tempting, even to a vegetarian like me!!

  26. Oh...this Indian Butter Chicken Masala looks delectable and I'm sure I'll be a big fan too after trying. Can't wait to make this for my family.


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