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Chicken Makhani Curry


120 min

Chicken Makhani Curry

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120 min


5 persons




5.00 rating-star (1)

Author: Monica Feluchi

Chicken makhani curry is another Indian dish, which is very delicious and aromatic. The dish is easy to cook, although, the cooking time is quite long. The processes, however, are quite simple, while the result will be worth the time you spend when cooking this curry.


  • chicken breasts: 4 piece (large and skinned)
  • chili pepper: 2 piece (red and large)
  • garlic: 4 clove (finely chopped)
  • double cream: 150 ml
  • lemon: 1 piece (fresh)
  • Garam Masala: 1 tsp
  • cumin powder: 2 tsp
  • coriander leaves: 2 Tbsp
  • butter: 50 g
  • salt: 1 tsp (or to your taste)
  • tomatoes: 1.5 kg (fresh and ripe)

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Stages of cooking

  1. Start cooking curry with coring and de-seeding the chillies. Chop them fine.

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  2. Take a small bowl and mix the chillies, chopped garlic, cumin and garam masala in it.

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  3. Mash the ingredients and add lemon juice, coriander leaves, yogurt. You can use a blender as well. This will be the marinade for the chicken.

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  4. Take a ceramic bowl and chop the chicken into pieces around 3 cm each.

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  5. Now, mix the chicken with the marinade, cover the bowl and keep it in the fridge for about 3 hours. 

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  6. Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes into quarters and put them onto the pan. Warm the tomatoes on medium fire for about 15-20 minutes.

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  7. Strain the tomatoes into another clean pan and throw away the pulp and skins.  As a result, you should get dense tomato sauce.

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  8. Boil the sauce on low heat for about 50 minutes until it gets very dense.

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  9. Add butter and salt. Stir the ingredients and keep cooking for about 20 minutes more.

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  10. Now, add double cream and heat it well. Set the sauce aside.

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  11. Your chicken should be well marinated by now.  Heat a pan, add vegetable oil into it and put chicken there.

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  12. Cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat.

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  13. Add tomato sauce and keep cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring the dish.

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  14. That’s it! Your chicken makhani curry is now ready! Serve it warm with basmati rice or any other side dish you like. Enjoy!

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History of the Chicken Makhani Curry:

Chicken Makhani Curry, also known as Butter Chicken, is believed to have originated in the early 1900s in the kitchens of the Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi, India. Legend has it that the dish was created by accident when leftover tandoori chicken was mixed with a creamy tomato gravy. Regardless of its origins, it has become a staple of Indian cuisine and is enjoyed by people all over the world.

Tips and Tricks for Chicken Makhani Curry Recipe:

When preparing this delicious curry, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve the perfect result. Here are some of the things to keep in mind:

  • Marinating the chicken for a few hours will help to infuse it with extra flavor and tenderize the meat.
  • Cooking the tomatoes slowly on low heat will help to bring out their natural sweetness and create a thick, rich sauce.
  • Adding butter to the sauce will give it a creamy texture and a smooth, velvety finish.
  • Adjust the amount of chili pepper and salt to your liking, depending on how spicy and salty you like your food.

Tips for presenting the dish:

When it comes to presenting Chicken Makhani Curry, there are a few things you can do to enhance the overall experience:

  • Serve the curry in a deep platter or bowl, garnished with fresh coriander leaves and a dollop of cream.
  • Pair it with basmati rice, naan bread, or roti for a delicious and filling meal.
  • Add some shredded coconut, raisins, and cashew nuts to the rice for extra texture and flavor.
  • Drizzle some lemon juice over the curry to give it a refreshing and tangy kick.

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