Butter chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken
Alternative names Murgh makhani
Place of origin India
Region or state Delhi, North India[1]
Creator Kundan Lal Gujral of Moti Mahal Delux[2][3]
Main ingredients Butter, chicken
Cookbook: Butter Chicken  Media: Butter Chicken

Butter chicken or murgh makhani (Hindi: मुर्ग़ मक्खनी) (pronounced [mʊrg məkʰaːniː]) is an Indian dish[4] of chicken in a mildly spiced curry sauce. It is served in India and abroad. The dish has its roots in Punjabi cuisine and was developed by the Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi, India.[5]


Chicken is marinated for several hours in a cream and spice mixture. The spices may include garam masala, ginger, garlic, lemon or lime, pepper, coriander, cumin, turmeric and chili.

The chicken is usually cooked in a tandoor (traditional clay oven), but may be grilled, roasted, or pan fried. It is served in a mild curry sauce that includes butter. There are many variations on the composition and spicing of the sauce. Spices may include asafoetida, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, pepper and fenugreek (Punjabi/Hindi: kasuri methi). Cream may be used in the sauce or as a garnish. Cashew paste may be used as a thickener.

Garnishes can include butter, cream, green chillies, coriander, and fenugreek.

History and cuisine

Kundan lal Gujral, the owner of Moti Mahal Delux, a restaurant in Delhi, is often credited as the creator of butter chicken.[6]

See also


  1. Soofi, Mayank Austen. "Delhi's original butter chicken". Hindustan Times. HT Media Ltd. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  2. Gujral, Monish (7 March 2013). On the Butter Chicken Trail: A Moti Mahal Cookbook (1.0 ed.). Delhi, India: Penguin India. ISBN 9780143419860.
  3. Hosking, Richard (8 August 2006). Authenticity in the kitchen : proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on food and cookery 2005 (1 ed.). Blackawton: Prospect Books. p. 393. ISBN 9781903018477.
  4. Sam Sifton, Butter Chicken
  5. "Moti Mahal: Delhi's Gastronomic Pearl – The Wall Street Journal". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  6. http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/what-if-kundan-lal-hadnt-hit-upon-butter-chicken/224774


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