Butter Chicken: A Savoury Journey into Indian Cuisine

Butter Chicken: A Savoury Journey into Indian Cuisine

Introduction: Unveiling the Aromatic Wonder of the Iconic Butter Chicken

When it comes to the realm of Indian cuisine, few dishes can match the universal appeal and delicious flavours of butter chicken. Known for its rich and creamy tomato-based sauce, tender chunks of juicy chicken, and blend of traditional spices, this dish has captured the hearts and tastebuds of food enthusiasts worldwide.

In Australia, it's always a feature on every restaurant menu and a popular choice for curry night, it's a dish that is popular across countries, ethnicities and age groups.

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In this blog post, we'll explore the origins of this dish and its distinctiveness compared to other Indian curries. So, come with us on this culinary journey with us and learn more about this amazing Indian dish.

What is the Indian Name for Butter Chicken?

Known as "Murgh Makhani" in Hindi, Butter Chicken derives its Indian name from two components: "Murgh," meaning chicken, and "Makhani," which refers to buttery. This nomenclature provides a glimpse into the heart of the dish - tender chicken pieces dunked in a creamy, buttery tomato-based gravy.

What is the Difference Between Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka?

Although these indian dishes may share some similarities, they are distinct meals with unique flavour profiles. Chicken tikka involves marinating chicken in yoghurt and spices before grilling or baking them to create a smoky flavour.
In contrast, butter chicken features marinated chicken cooked in a tomato-based sauce with spices enriched with clarified butter and cream. The former is more robust in its spices, whereas the latter offers a mellower, creamier taste.

Who Makes the Best Butter Chicken in Australia?

The pursuit of the "best" is truly subjective! At FoodSt we would argue that some of the best homemade Butter Chicken dishes are right here on our website! You can see all of our wonderful home-cooked Indian meals and curries on our Indian menu, including Manjari's Butter Chicken.

Sumeet, FoodSt Cook

Sumeet, FoodSt Cook

Many restaurants and home cooks worldwide have perfected the art of making this dish. From the lively lanes of Delhi to the luxurious eateries of New York, this dish has gained global popularity because of its irresistible taste.

At FoodSt, we prepare our meals at home. Unlike restaurants, we don't use clay tandoor ovens to cook the chicken. Instead, our cooks follow traditional recipes passed down from their ancestors. They add intricate tips and recipe steps to make each dish unique.

Sumeet's Butter Chicken

Sumeet's Butter Chicken

The rustic charm of the homemade version reflects the cook's rich heritage, giving it a sense of authenticity and warmth. Although restaurant renditions may have more intricate presentations and a professional touch, the homemade version has a unique blend of personal touch and simplicity that resonates with each bite.

In fact at FoodSt we scour the neighbourhood for the best local versions of this dish, and currently have two very different but equally delicious versions online! As you can imagine each family has a different recipe that can range from spicy to mild with many flavour and cooking variations.


Where Does Authentic Butter Chicken Come From?

Image of a street of Delhi

Did you know that the delicious butter chicken we all love has its roots in Northern India? The city of Delhi is where it all began, and it was created by a man named Kundan Lal Gujral in the 1950s. Gujral ingeniously transformed leftover tandoori chicken by simmering it in a velvety tomato sauce, resulting in a harmonious blend of smoky flavours, aromatic spices, and creamy textures that quickly became a fan-favourite.

What makes this dish so special is that it embodies the heart and soul of Indian culinary traditions. Indian cuisine is renowned for its diverse flavours and aromatic spices that come together in perfect harmony to create dishes like this. The intricate balance of sweet, savory, and spicy notes is a testament to the culinary mastery that has been perfected over centuries.

What is the best Butter Chicken Recipe?

While we won't delve into an actual recipe here, the preparation typically involves marinating boneless chicken pieces such as chicken thighs or chicken thigh fillets in yoghurt and spices before cooking it in a tandoor (clay oven).

Indian Spcies

The creamy tomato gravy is made from tomato puree, chilli powder, butter, cream, and an array of spices, including cardamom, cloves, garam masala and cinnamon sticks. The cooked chicken is then added to the gravy, creating a harmonious union of flavours.

What to Eat with Butter Chicken?

It's commonly served with fragrant basmati rice, naan (traditional Indian bread), or roti (unleavened flatbread). The gravy's creamy texture makes it a perfect companion to soak into the bread, while the aromatic rice complements the dish's rich flavours. 

Why is Butter Chicken so good?

The allure of butter chicken lies in its intricate blend of flavours and textures. The tender chicken absorbs the marinade's spices, infusing each bite with depth. The velvety tomato sauce, enriched with butter and cream, imparts a lusciousness that is both comforting and indulgent. The medley of spices adds layers of complexity, making every mouthful a journey of discovery.

Within the realm of Indian curries, butter chicken reigns supreme as a dish that transcends boundaries. While it boasts Indian heritage, its flavours have resonated globally, earning it a spot as a favorite comfort food for people of all backgrounds. The velvety tomato gravy infused with spices and cream provides a familiar yet exotic experience for the palate.

Conclusion: Savouring the Taste of Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is a popular dish that represents the rich and diverse flavours of Indian cuisine. It originated in the bustling streets of Delhi and has since gained popularity worldwide. Whether you enjoy it at a local eatery or cook it at home, butter chicken offers a magical experience with its delicious taste and rich culinary heritage.

As you savour each spoonful of this delectable dish, appreciate the journey that it has taken from the kitchens of India to the plates of food enthusiasts around the world. The delicious aroma, velvety texture, and harmonious blend of spices make butter chicken a beloved classic in the world of gastronomy.

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