(Butter Chicken)

This weekend was India. I wanted to see what it can do. I wanted to see how to get those flavors. I wanted to see what it’s like to cook with yogurt. I was curious, pure and simple.
Couple of weeks ago I tried Chicken Tikka Masala, as this recipe is best known to us Europeans. But I did not come out very good so do not put the recipe yet. Reading online about Tikka Masala I saw that this dish would be Tradional but was invented somewhere in England. So I said to try something else. And all the wanderings on the net I found that one of the most traditional dishes as Butter Chicken. And here I am.
I mixed 2-3 recipes and pulled her why. Here’s my version last night (for 2 people):

    400 gr. chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon ginger paste (I think it goes with freshly grated ginger)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1 teaspoon salt
For the sauce:

    30 gr. unsalted butter
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 tsp ginger paste
1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
3 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 can (420 ml) chopped tomatoes
1 cup (125 ml) yogurt, drained of whey
1 green chilli, finely chopped (to taste)
1 cup (250 ml) water
1 cup (125 ml) sour cream
½ lemon juiced
1 teaspoon of honey
fresh coriander leaves for garnish
How to do it:

    In a bowl put the chicken with its marinade ingredients. Keep chicken 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil over high heat grapes and chicken fry after stir-fry method. About 3-4 minutes until it becomes a little brown and pink is seeing.
Remove chicken to a plate, keeping the oil in the pan. Try not to eat chicken ends up rest. But still, I recommend you taste a piece: it’s great!
For the sauce, put the oil pan cumin seeds and stir for about 30 seconds
Add onion, garlic and ginger paste and fry them for 3-4 minutes on medium heat
Add 1 teaspoon garam masala, chopped chilli, turmeric and two tablespoons of beans teaspoon ground coriander 1 minutes stirring continuously.
Add tomatoes, water and salt and pepper. Increase heat a little and bring the whole mix to boil.
Decrease heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes
In another pan, melt butter and add a teaspoon of garam masala. Add chicken and juice left on the plate while he was away. Mix about 1 minute.
Add the melted butter over the sauce.
Add yogurt and mix it well in the sauce.
Add chicken and keep the heat for another 5 minutes over medium-low.
Add sour cream, lemon juice, honey and, optionally, a teaspoon of garam masala. Mix 1-2 minutes on fire yet.
I served with rice. (A friend told me that my method of making rice is not rice at good 🙂 So he did. )
It came out good, but a little too thick because I did not put too much water (1 cup but I think it would be enough). Normally need more water. I promise to do and put a picture to look more appetizing.


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