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Chicken Makhani

Chicken Makhani

recipe courtesy Recipezaar


1 tablespoon peanut oil

1 shallot, finely chopped

1/4 white onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 bay leaf

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1 cup half-and-half

1 cup tomato puree

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

1 pinch salt

1 pinch black pepper

1 tablespoon peanut oil

1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup water


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Saute shallot and onion until soft and translucent. Stir in butter, lemon juice, ginger garlic paste, 1 teaspoon garam masala, chili powder, cumin and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.


Add tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in half-and-half and yogurt. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Remove from heat and set aside.


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large heavy skillt over medium heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat and season with 1 teaspoon garam masala and cayenne. Stir in about 1/3 of the sauce and simmer until liquid has reduced and chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Pour the rest of the sauce into the chicken. Mix together cornstarch and water, then stir into the sauce. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until thickened.

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Taken on August 13, 2009