Sunday, June 17, 2012

Murgh Makhani ( Butter Chicken) & Awards

Murgh Makhani ( Butter Chicken) is a popular dish in Pakistani / Indian cuisine. First, chicken is marinated with yogurt and spices, then grilled or cooked in a pan. A tomato sauce is made separately with tomatoes, butter & spices. When the sauce is prepared, the cooked chicken & cream is mixed in. Lastly, the dish is garnished with butter, green chillies and coriander leaves. Enjoy this rich, creamy & buttery dish with Naan or rice!

Murgh Makhani ( Butter Chicken)

Ingredients :

For Marinade :
  • 500 - 750 gm.  chicken ( with or without bones )
  • 2 cups plain yogurt, hang in a cheesecloth for an hour until most of the liquid is drained out
  • 1 tsp.  ginger & garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp.  coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp.  cumin seeds powder
  • 1/2 tsp.  garam masala powder
  • Pinch of yellow / Tandoori color
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 1 tsp.  red chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup oil
For Tomato Sauce :
  • 700 gm.  tomatoes ( peeled, chopped & blended to a smooth paste )
  • 1 tsp.  ginger & garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp.  red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp.  dried fenugreek leaves ( Qasuri methi )
  • 1/4 tsp.  garam masala powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 75 gm.  butter
  • 40 ml.  cream
For Garnish :
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Green chillies, sliced

Method :

For the Marinade :
  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add the chicken and mix well to coat.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add chicken with marinade, cook covered, on a low heat until chicken is tender and the water dries out.
For the Tomato Sauce :
  • While the chicken is cooking, place blended tomatoes in a separate pan. Cook on medium heat until the water dries out.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients except cream, cook on low heat for few minutes until the butter has melted.
  • Add cooked chicken & cream, mix well and cook for a minute.
  • Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with coriander leaves and green chillies.
  • Serve with Naan or rice.

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Sending this to Dish Name Starts with M , The Master Chef Contest


I would like to thank Shobha of Food Mazza and Preeti of Indian Kitchen for sharing these wonderful awards. Please visit their awesome blogs and check out their delicious recipes. I am offering this award to all my readers, for their continued support and encouragement. Thank you once again Shobha ji and Preeti :)

Happy Father's Day!!!
Wishing all the dads around the world a very happy Father's Day!

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


  1. Congrats ambreen :) it looks like restaurant style chicken.. very impressive..

  2. Congrats on your award Ambreen. Also butter chicken looks amazingly delicious and inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. Looks marvellous,irresistible and yummy..Congrats on ur awards.

  4. Well deserved Awards .. Keep it up!
    The chicken looks awesome..

  5. u think u can write a recipie for Glammin mag.
    gp 2 glammin-thenetmagazine.blogger,com

  6. A gorgeous recipe and many well deserved aawards :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    You are definitely deserve this award

  8. This looks so good! Congratulations!

  9. hi ambreen, love your pics, makes the chicken looks very delicious... would like to try this one day . have a nice day

  10. °`♥✿✿⊱╮
    Só essa cor maravilhosa do molho já abre o apetite.
    Esses temperos é tudo de bom.
    Bom fim de semana!

  11. Wow...Tempting preparation...Looks perfect..Congrats on the awards..

  12. Another great recipe with awesome color of the gravy.

  13. Congrats on the awards! Love this butter chicken....mouthwatering!!!

  14. Yummy!

  15. Cramy & delicious,perfect with naan..Drooling here,Ambreen:-)

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  16. Wow! This looks amazing! I have never had Butter Chicken but would love to try it. Congratulations of your much deserved awards:) Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe at Freedom Fridays.

  17. congrats for your awards and love the delicious looking chicken.

    - Meg's Delicious Adventures

  18. wow! so many awards and such a great looking dish!! thanks for the recipe and congratulations!!! im following

  19. OH My! This looks amazing! Congratulations on your awards! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures Week 38. I look forward to seeing your amazing recipes next week. <3 and hugs!

  20. Marinating meat in yogurt makes it really tender. Beautiful flavors are combined in this dish! Thanks for sharing it!

  21. Yum! Butter chicken is one of mine - and my daughter's favourite dishes - we cook it quite often here!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  22. wonderful flavours deliciously done

  23. congrats on ur award dear:) chicken looks so inviting and delicious..

  24. This is looks so good, I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:

    I would love to have anything that you would like to link.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

    1. I love Indian Food. Can't wait to make it. Thanks for linking to Adormed From Above.

  25. This looks really good. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  26. Seems delicious!! New follower from Athens, Greece!

  27. Congratulations on your award Ambreen! This is a wonderful recipe that we would just love. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  28. Absolutely love it. I keep meaning to look up a from scratch Butter chicken recipe, and this one just fell in my lap (found you through Miz Helen's blog hop). I have pinned it and will be making it soon! Awesome!

  29. What a wonderful recipe! Congrats on the award. I need to look around to find garam masala powder now! I'd love it if you would link up to Fantastic Thursday. Hope to see you there!

  30. One of my favorite recipe...looks flavorsome and tempting....

  31. This chicken looks so yummy! We appreciate you linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Hope you'll come back soon! -The Sisters

  32. This sounds and looks delish but I don't know what this is and would love to know!

    •1 tsp. dried fenugreek leaves ( Qasuri methi )
    •1/4 tsp. garam masala powder

  33. Yum! This is one of my favorites. We've tried several recipes at home and can never get it to taste like it does when we eat out. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the one. I can't wait to try it out.

  34. Hi Ambreen,

    Butter chicken looks YYYUUUUMMMMYYYY !!!

    Nice preparation:)

    One request Ambreen ,

    I post a guest post cabbage curry at Lavanya's recipes.

    Please drop your comment at Lavanya's blog:)

    Thank you Ambreen , and Keep on :)

  35. That looks delicious, my family loves Butter Chicken. Found you on the Happy Hour link & I'm your newest Pinterest follower!

  36. Yum! Pinning for later - looks delicious!

  37. The flavors look incredible in this dish. I hope you will share it on Foodie friday today.

  38. delicious murg makhani dear !!!!I have recently posted a very simple microwave makhani fish curry !!!check it out in ur free time :-)

  39. I love butter chicken and this looks delicious!

  40. Congrats on the awards! This dish looks amazing. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  41. I love making (and eating) butter chicken! Yummy!

    your newest follower

    1. Thank you Andrea for visiting & following. I will visit your soon :)

  42. This is a great chicken dish. Would you be happy to link it in to my Chicken Edition of Food on Friday? This is the link I found you via It's a Keeper's Thursday link up.

  43. Gonna try this todayyyyy new to ur space


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Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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