Butter chicken

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Butter Chicken
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Butter Chicken
Alternative names Murgh makhani
Place of origin India[1]
Region or state Delhi[2]
Creator Kundan Lal Gujral of Moti Mahal Delux [3][4]
Main ingredients Chicken, butter
Cookbook: Butter Chicken  Media: Butter Chicken

Butter chicken or murgh makhani is an Indian dish 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 yogurt and spice mixture. The spices may include garam masala, ginger, garlic paste, 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 (Urdu/Hindi: Qasuri Methi). Cream may be used in the sauce or as a garnish. Cashew paste may be used as a thickener.[citation needed]

Garnishes can include butter, cream, green chillies, coriander, and Kasuri Methi.

History & Cuisine[edit]

Butter chicken was created in the 1950s at the Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Butter Chicken/Murgh Makhani". Playful Cooking. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Soofi, Mayank Austen. "Delhi’s original butter chicken". Hindustan Times. HT Media Ltd. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Gujral, Monish (7 March 2013). On the Butter Chicken Trail: A Moti Mahal Cookbook (1.0 ed.). Delhi, India: Penguin India. ISBN 9780143419860. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Moti Mahal: Delhi’s Gastronomic Pearl – The Wall Street Journal". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 


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