Simple Butter Chicken

With Ramadan inching closer, I thought it would be interesting to share this particular cartoon:


I guess this is a case with majority of the Muslim families. There was a time when we used to emphasize a lot on food for breaking the fast and suhoor, but for the past few years, Alhamdulillah, we have purposely shifted our focus from eating to the main core of Ramadan – fasting and worshiping. Maybe the coming day, I will give in a peep to how my normal Ramadan day looks like… 🙂

Butter Chicken is one common dish that many of us order when we go to restaurants. I have always found that the taste differs everywhere. All my recipe cut outs and books also have different recipes for butter chicken provided. In fact, when Humi did a guest post for me, she gave her version of Butter Chicken. Below is the way umma learned to make from a Lakshmi Nair show on Asianet and I learned to make it from her. I have already jotted it in my mind to try out the other recipes of Butter Chicken that I have in my cut-outs hopefully one by one…  Till then, let me share this tried and tasted version, which is always a hit when we prepare, especially when we have guests around… 🙂


On an ending note… I don’t know but if you feel this picture looks a little different from the other pictures on the blog especially on the lighting front, then your feeling is not misplaced. This is the first picture to be taken by my HD for the blog… a day when I was in a filthy mood and non of the pictures were looking good and he volunteered to take the pictures. As usual, despite me telling him not to use the flash, he went ahead to use – somehow, he loves the flash! – and that explains the glare in the picture. But he being a better photographer than me, I had to go for one of his clicks over mine and here it is! 🙂


Simple Butter Chicken

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 800 gm chicken cut into medium pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 large onions sliced
  • 2 tbsp cashews soaked in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 large tomatoes pureed
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp kasoori methi
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves to garnish


  • In a wok, heat oil. Saute the sliced onions with a pinch of salt till soft. Allow to cool.
  • Puree the cooked onion along with the soaked cashew and water till smooth.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the ginger and garlic paste and saute for a couple of minutes till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the onion puree, turmeric, chilli powder and garam masala and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the tomato puree and cook till oil floats on the top. Stir occasionally.
  • Add in the chicken and cook till the chicken is done.
  • Add in the cream and stir well till combined.
  • Finally sprinkle in the kasoori methi, and adjust salt. Switch off the flame.
  • Serve garnished with coriander leaves with rice, rotis or even bread... just tastes awesome!


In order to make it less rich, I sometimes skip one of them - the cashew paste or the cream. While having guest, we add both. Personally, I prefer adding the cream at the end, sometimes the cashew paste leaves bites which I don't like!

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  1. My sister also make yummy butter chicken and she won the prize too. Your is another way to make it.

    1. Thank you so much Linsy…

  2. Adipoli butter chicken Rafee kanumbol thanee kazhikan thonnunu. Like that cartoon.I have always thought where does one draw the line to decide to fast or to feast. Looking forward to ur write up on Ramadan day schedule.

    1. Till the time we learn to draw a line, people will feel it's more feasting than fasting! Thanks a lot Meena…

  3. Yummy butter chicken. Its really true, there are so many versions of this dish. I too have many different recipes of the same dish. This will be the next try out.

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  4. I too tried this reçently..just fell in love.ur pic agaín tempting me..

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  5. Hahaha I know, even here in my country the women are flocking around the shops like mad!! But I guess we get a little carried away during ramadhan. I am trying to finish all my blog drafts so I dont spend much time near the computer and more time praying 🙂 your butter chicken looks delicious 🙂

    1. I guess it's the same everywhere, Nammi… 🙂 Thanks a lot…

  6. Really tempting me dear………..

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  7. I already tried so many versions, this is a simple way. Yaaa… ramadan is all about fasting not feasting!

    1. Thank you so much Shaami…

  8. That dish looks yum Rafee… Oh yes one dish that has so many versions to it… 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Rekha… 🙂

  9. Dish Looks so delicious. mouthwatering dish….

    1. Thank you so much Jaspinder…

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