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Butter Chicken I



1/4 pint/150ml natural yogurt
2 ounces/50g ground almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon garam masala
4 green cardamom pods
1 teaspoon ginger pulp
1 teaspoon garlic pulp
14 ounce/400g can tomatoes
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 pounds/1kg chicken, skinned, boned and cubed
3 ounces/75g butter
1 tablespoon corn oil
2 medium onions, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
4 tablespoons cream

Place the yogurt, ground almonds, all the dry spices, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and salt in a mixing bowl and blend together thoroughly.

Put the chicken into a large mixing bowl and pour over the yoghurt mixture. Set aside. Melt together the butter and oil in a medium karahi, wok or frying pan. Add the onions and fry for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken mixture and stir-fry for about 7 to 10 minutes.

Stir in about half of the coriander and mix well. Pour over the cream and stir in well. Bring to the boil. Serve garnished with the remaining chopped coriander.

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