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Butter Chicken (Butter Turkey)

- submitted by Dahlia on 02-04-2008 
(Chicken Makhani, Murg Makhani, Butter Turkey, Turkey Makhani)
Turkey/Chicken - 1 lb (boneless, skinless)
Onion - 1 (chopped)
Tomato - 3-4 (chopped)
Cashews/Almonds - 5-6
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Green chilly - 1 (chopped)
Kasoori Methi -  1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Fresh Cream ( or Heavy cream) - 1/4 cup
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp + 1/4tsp
Corriander cumin powder - 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cilantro - for garnish
Butter - 2 tblsp                            
Salt - to taste                                                 
Oil - 2 tblsp
1. Wash the turkey/chicken and cut it into 1 inch thick cubes. 
2. Apply little salt, chillipowder, corriander powder, kasoori methi and ginger garlic paste. Shallow fry in little oil and keep it aside. You can also put it in skewers and bake it in the oven.
     Tip :- To keep things simple, use 2 tblsp of tandoori chicken masala powder instead of all the individual spices (any brand is fine).
3. Heat some oil/butter in a pan and saute the onions followed by ginger garlic paste, green chilly and tomatoes.
4. When all these are nicely sauteed, remove from stove and let it cool a bit.
5. After it is cool enough to handle, grind everything in a blender/ mixie with the cashew nuts to make a paste.
6. Melt the butter in a pan, splutter some cumin seeds. Add this groud mixture and cook it for few minutes until the nuts gets cooked.
7. Next add the fried turkey/chicken pieces, with all the dry spices like chilly powder, corriander powder, turmeric powder, kasoori methi, garam masala and salt.
8. Cover and let it cook for 10-15 minutes in medium low flame so the flavours combine nicely.
9. Add the heavy cream, mix everything and let it simmer for few minutes.
10. Garnish with chopped cilantro or some cream and serve with pulav, naan, roti. It goes well with anything.

- If you do not have heavy cream on hand, substitute with whole milk and butter/cheese.
- In restaurants one spoon of sugar is usually added to the butter chicken gravy. I prefer without the sugar. You can add it to get the restaurant flavour.

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Person   ()
Do we need to add the garam masalas and all again after putting in the chicken pieces in the gravy or just that one time for frying?
Person   ()
I add half the spices while marinating and the remaining in the gravy.
Person   ()
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! I never thought I'd be able to make Indian food at home, but I took a trip to the local Indian grocery (such fun!) and made this chicken makhani today. It turned out just perfect. I just can't wait to try my hand at a shahi paneer korma. :D
Person   ()
That's nice to hear Reshanna. Do try the other recipes. Also do not hesitate to ask if you have any doubts.
Person   ()
Yum! Made a ton of shortcuts and it still turned out delicious. Used a can of diced tomatoes and chilis, used fresh garlic and dried ginger instead of the paste, used dried cumin instead of seeds, used milk instead of cream and raw peanuts instead of cashews. It was still so good!
Person   ()
Thats the fun part of cooking - alter things according to your preference, convenience and availability of ingredients :-)
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Person   ()
what are the spices used
Person   ()
A little bit of corriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and turmeric powder. Its a mild gravy with very little spice.
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Person   ()
does vitamin d milk is whole milk?
Person   ()
Regular milk with vitamin D supplements added is called vitamin D milk. In US, vitamin D milk is usually whole milk only. Otherwise it will be specified as 1% , 2% etc.
Person   ()
wat else can be replaced with fresh cream ?
Person   ()
butter and regular milk
Person   ()
whole milk means???
Person   ()
whole milk means milk with full fat content.
Person   ()
Tried this again, instead of chicken i used - soy chunks, and instead of heavy cream - whole milk. Came out great :) Thanks for the great recipe.
Person   ()
wow.. Thanks for sharing your variations dan.

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