Better Butter Chicken Recipe

To speak the truth, this recipe has been inspired from one of the dishes I orderd at the Taj Gateway, Hubli. The chef has actually done a commendable job in deciding the menu, a perfect blend of regional, Indian and Continental dishes. They also serve homemade thali prepared in a local kitchen .I was very much impressed by the chicken I ordered there. So, I decided to replicate the same recipe in my kitchen. My hubby says it tastes better :P and my best chicken curry recipe ever. The gravy is dominated by the flavours of tomato, fennel powder and the creamy texture is infused with help of curd rather than full cream.

What You Need:

1 Chicken With Bones or Boneless 1 kg
2 Tomato Pureed About 5
3 Curd 1 cup
4 Kasuri Methi Crushed 1 tsp
5 Chicken Tandoori Masala 1 tbsp
6 Red Chili 1 tsp
7 Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tbsp
8 Cream 1 tsp
9 Oil 1 tbsp
10 Cardamom 5
11 Fennel Seeds 1 tbsp
12 Kasuri Methi Crushed 1 tsp
13 Lemon Juice 1 tsp
14 Salt To Taste
15 Sugar 1 tbsp
16 Butter 1 tbsp

Steps To Make:
Marinate Chicken with Ginger Garlic Paste, Curd, Red Chilies, Lemon juice and Tandoori Chicken Masala for an hour if possible.
Dry roast fennel seeds and cardamom for 5-6 seconds. Grind to a very fine powder and store in an air tight container to be used later.
Heat oil and butter in a deep pan.
Add tomato puree and cover the pan.
Cook tomatoes on low for 8 to 9 minutes.
Check in between to prevent the gravy from sticking to the bottom.
Add the marinated chicken to it.
Add salt and sugar to taste. Cover the pan and cook chicken on low to medium flame.
Heat butter in a separate smaller pan.
Add dry crushed kasuri methi/ fenugreek leaves to it. Once the dry leaves turn brown and you get a nice aroma of it, add the tempering to chicken.
Cook chicken on medium flame for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Add the fennel and cardamom powder to it.
Mix well. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Chicken is ready to be served.

Take out on a serving bowl and spread cream on top of it.


  1. Aah! I'm drooling! Very tasty! Slurp!

  2. very nice n tasty this...I m one of those who always order this

  3. Lip Smacking, Mouthwatering , Yummy,Tempting...Help, I am running out of adjectives in favour of your butter chicken..


  4. Wow,count me in, he he. Loved it..too good & inviting:)

  5. I too love this Soma...yours looks too tempting :)

  6. Gravy looks rich and tasty...beautiful & tempting click soma