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Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)

Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)

Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani a very well known North-Indian chicken preparation is a rich, creamy and luscious tomato-based curry cooked with juicy grilled tandoori chicken pieces. It sure is very indulgent and flavourful. Perfect well with butter naan!! 

 “Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.”

~ Norman Kolpas

Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)


Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)

OMG! guys this dish is absolutely YUMMMM! Look at it.. Doesn’t it look very inviting?!

Really! It is SO SO good!

You will never ever MISS restaurant style butter chicken or murgh makhani anymore. Infact after eating this Butter Chicken you will for sure stop ordering it at any INDIAN restaurants. 

This ever so popular North-Indian Murgh Makhanwala is better than restaurant style Butter Chicken. 😀

I PROMISE you won’t miss restaurant style Butter Chicken!! 

Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)

Murgh Makhanwala or butter chicken as the name implies is a buttery rich, mildly spiced tomato based curry.  Something I don’t prepare on a regular basis at home coz as you can see this dish is extremely delicious but quite calorific because of the use of all that butter as well as cashew and almonds paste and lots of cream.


Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)


So when ever I make Murgh Makhani or Butter Chicken which is not quite often (though I can eat it every single day :p): I do love to indulge and devour this butter chicken with hot home made naan bread. I can’t  even imagine Murgh Makhanwala with out butter naan.

As a kid, I still remember this restaurant Grand Central in Mumbai and when ever we used to pass by this restaurant, lingering aroma of butter chicken cooking filled the cold air and wafts through the air to sensory cells in the nose and that used to make our stomach rumble so much that every time with out fail, we end up in the restaurant eating this delicious and creamy Murgh Makhani with butter and garlic naan. It is still one of the best butter chicken I have ever eaten.

And I have tried many many recipes to replicate the butter chicken from the restaurant  and this Murgh Makhanwala recipe comes very very close to it. 🙂



Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)


You all must have known by now that my hubster is gone all gluten free and so did I just to support him. (which gets very difficult sometime).

But  this weekend was my guilt free gluten indulging weekend! Man-o-man how I missed my gluten

I completely devoured myself to this super creamy and delicious Butter Chicken with Homemade whole wheat butter naan! Oh man! I Love it! 

Murgh Makhanwala is extremely easy to make, grilled tandoori chicken is cooked in buttery, creamy and silky smooth, mildly spiced tomato based curry. 


Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)

I served this Butter Chicken with “Sirke wale Pyaz” (onions in vinaigrette) a condiment served with north Indian food in every restaurant and  with Home made Butter Naan! 

Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)
Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani a very well known North-Indian chicken preparation is a rich, creamy and delicate tomato-based curry cooked with juicy grilled tandoori chicken pieces. It sure is very indulgent and flavourful. Perfect well with butter naan!!
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For tandoori Chicken
  1. 750 gms Chicken ( I used chicken drumsticks and chicken thighs, you can also use boneless chicken breast)
  2. 3/4 cup yogurt
  3. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder ( Its very mild and gives a glorious red color to the tandoori)
  5. 3 tbsp coriander leaves
  6. 2 green chillies
  7. 1 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  8. 2 tbsp Tandoori masala powder ( I used store bought tandoori masala)
  9. salt as per taste
  10. 1 tbsp oil
For the curry sauce
  1. 7-8 large ripe, red juicy tomatoes, finely chopped (you can also use canned plum tomatoes)
  2. 2 tbsp tomato paste
  3. 5 tbsp butter
  4. 1 black cardamom
  5. 3-4 green cardamom
  6. 3 cloves
  7. 1 1/2 inch cinnamon
  8. 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  9. 10-12 cashewnuts, ground into paste
  10. 10-12 almonds, skinned and ground into paste
  11. 1 1/2 tbsp honey or sugar (you can adjust the amount of sugar or honey as per your taste)
  12. 1/4 cup cream ( i used half and half)
  13. 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  14. 1 tbsp kasoori methi (dried methi leaves)
  15. salt to taste
  16. coriander leaves for garnish
To make the Tandoori
  1. Make a paste of coriander and green chillies
  2. In a large bowl mix together yogurt, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, tandoori masala, Kashmiri red chilli powder and coriander-green chilli paste, oil and salt.
  3. Marinate the chicken pieces with this tandoori-yogurt mixture and mix everything well and refrigerate it preferably over night or atleast for 4-5 hours.
  4. Now when you are ready, remove the marinated chicken from the fridge.
  5. Heat the grill. Now place the chicken pieces onto the rack over a baking tray.
  6. Brush or spray with little oil and grill 40 -45 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces once after 25 minutes and cook for another 20-25 minutes or until lightly charred and completely cooked through.
  7. Remove from the oven and keep it aside for later use.
To make the Silky Smooth Butter Chicken Sauce
  1. Heat butter in a thick bottomed pan on medium heat and add the black cardamoms, green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon and fry for few seconds until its fragrant.
  2. Then add the ginger- garlic paste and continue to sauté until the raw smell disappears.
  3. Now toss in the chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste along with some salt and fry on medium heat for around 15-20 minutes until the tomatoes are broken down and oil start to separate from the tomatoes.
  4. Switch off the flame and let the tomatoes cool down a bit.
  5. In a blender or food processor add these cooked tomato sauce along with the cashewnuts, almonds and one cup of warm water and puree to achieve that restaurant style silky smooth sauce.
  6. Now in the same pan add the pureed tomato sauce and bring it to a boil. Add more hot water to the sauce to achieve the desired consistency of the sauce (I added another cup of hot water) and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Now check the seasoning, add salt if required and the sugar/honey and kasoori methi to the sauce and continue simmering the sauce for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add the cooked tandoori chicken along with garam masala, stir to combine so that the chicken pieces are well coated with the sauce, cover and cook on low heat for further 10 minutes.
  9. Lastly add the cream to the sauce and stir well. Simmer for another 3 minutes.
  10. Remove from the heat.
  11. Plate the butter chicken and garnish it with some coriander leaves and drizzle with some cream.
  12. Serve it warm with hot naan bread or rice.
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Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)

I hope you enjoy this making and specially devouring this Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani.. 😀

Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)



Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)


Murgh Makhanwala (Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani)

Bon Appetite!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Love Arpita

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  • Suzanne
    September 19, 2015

    Wow does that look delicious!!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    September 20, 2015

    NOM DUDE!! You truly re-created this dish to perfection! I wish I could try it, I must try and modify it a little bit (a dairy free version)… And see if it still works!

    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      September 29, 2015

      Dairy free version should definitely work.. If you do try dairy free do let me know how it was and what you used.. thank you so much, Gigi!! 🙂

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    September 20, 2015

    Oh this chicken looks SO good, Aprita! I love the tomato curry in here. What a fantastic comfort food meal!

  • cheri
    September 20, 2015

    A tomato based curry sounds amazing Arpita, I don’t think I have ever seen this before, sounds delicious!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
    September 21, 2015

    What a perfect butter chicken recipe! I just want to dig in that bowl of gravy.

  • Rasakama
    September 21, 2015

    Oh my goodness ! What a mouth watering, creamy and colorful dish ! Usually, to make butter chicken, I buy butter chicken paste. This dish is so popular here, we can buy the paste from pretty much any main food store.

    I am glad you posted this lovely recipe, I can try this on a Sunday.

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    September 21, 2015

    OMG! What a stunning looking butter chicken, Arpita. Love how vibrant, rich, creamy and classic this curry looks! 🙂

  • Nagi@RecipeTinEats
    September 21, 2015

    OMG! I’m so excited by this recipe, it looks incredible! My butter chicken is a much more basic recipe, you’ve gone ALL OUT! LOVE IT!

  • Mira
    September 22, 2015

    This recipe looks amazing! Love it! Perfect pictures!

  • Savita @ ChefDeHome
    September 22, 2015

    Butter chicken looks very delicious, Arpita! Love the lush color of the gravy! tempting!

  • Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron
    September 24, 2015

    I love butter chicken, but I’ve never made it at home before…looks so comforting and delicious! 🙂

  • marcie
    September 24, 2015

    This does look really inviting, Arpita! That sauce sounds so flavorful — total comfort food!

  • Great recipe, as always! I’ve heard that Butter chicken is so delicious, and I definitely want to try it out sometime! 😀

    • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong
      September 29, 2015

      Yes, you heard it right, Kennedy.. Butter chicken is really yummy.. I hope you do give this a try sometime.. 😀 Thank you so much, Kennedy! 😀

  • Bethany
    February 20, 2016

    I’ve made the sauce a few times now, it’s amazing! I leave out the methi leaves because I don’t have any, and have used almond milk instead of cream.. but I honestly don’t think it needs any sort of cream or milk. It’s so creamy with the ground cashews and almonds!

    So impressed with how quickly and easily it comes together. Someday I’ll try doing the tandoori chicken, so far I’ve just been baking chicken breasts in spices and chicken broth which is okay:)
    Thank you so much for this recipe!

  • Juliana Fendez
    October 15, 2018

    I made this and it was amazingly nice. My father who is elderly asked for seconds.
    I recommend this. Easy to make.
    Cant wait to make this again.

    • Arpita@Gastronomic Bong
      October 23, 2018

      Aww… This message really made my day. Thank you so much Juliana. I am so glad that you and your father liked it..

  • Juliana Fendez
    November 7, 2018

    Hey! Looks very delicious. Moreover, it’s not too difficult to make so I will try soon. Thanks for your sharing!