We were looking for a good recipe for butter chicken and came across VahRehVah which looks to be a great resource for Indian cooking ideas. Many of the recipes have videos including this one. I think we’ll be looking there often for inspiration since we are so into Indian food lately.
4 tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 c. cashew nuts, chopped
1/3 c. cilantro leaves + a few sprigs for garnish
1 jalapeño, diced
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. ginger paste+ 1 tsp. ginger paste for another step
1 tsp. garlic paste + 1 tsp. garlic paste for another step
1/2 pt. fresh cream
4 tbsp oil
2 sm/med. onions, chopped
2 lbs. chicken breast
1/4 c. water
4 tsp. Red chili powder divided into two 2 tsp. piles
Salt to taste
1 tsp Sugar
1 lb. tomato, chopped
a few squirts of tomato ketchup
In a medium size bowl add 1 tsp. ginger paste, 1 tsp. garlic paste, salt, 2 tsp. red chili powder. Cut chicken into small bite sized pieces and thoroughly coat in the mixture.
In a good skillet, add 4 tbsp. oil and fry the coated chicken in the oil until the pieces are about 3/4 of the way done. Remove from pan and set aside.
To the leftover oil add cumin seeds, cashews, coriander powder, 2 tsp. red chili powder. Roast mixture, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add onion to the mixture and saute to soften (2-3 minutes).
Add 1 tsp. ginger paste, 1 tsp. garlic paste, chopped jalapeño, and chopped tomato, cilantro leaves & 1/4 c. water to the mixture and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes (or until tomatoes have broken down), stirring occasionally.
Now add the mixture to a blender or food processor and add melted butter and cream. Blend until a smooth consistency. Now taste the sauce for the right amount of spice & salt. If it’s not spicy/salty enough add cayenne pepper and/or salt, to taste, and blend some more.
Return the sauce to the pan and add chicken (and any liquid that has settled from the chicken) and a few squirts of tomato ketchup.
Stirring occasionally, cook for another 10 minutes over medium-low heat (or until the sauce is thick to your liking).
Serve over Jasmine rice and garnish with cilantro.
image from vah-photo's