Recipe for Indian Butter Chicken – a fragrant and delicious meal

2 cups (500 ml) NESTLÉ Ideal Evaporated Milk
2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
6 cloves garlic
1 cm fresh ginger
½ tsp (2.5 ml) red chilli powder
¼ tsp (1.25 ml) coriander powder
½ tsp (2.5 ml) cumin powder
½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
2 tsp (10 ml) lime juice
900 g skinned chicken pieces
5 Tbsp (75 ml) oil
700 g tomatoes
75 g chilled butter
¼ tsp (1.25 ml) paprika
½ tsp (2.5 ml) dried curry leaves
¼ tsp (1.25 ml) garam masala powder
Seasoning to taste

How to
For the marinade, place 2 cups (500 ml) NESTLÉ IDEAL EVAPORATED MILK with 2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice in a bowl and allow to stand for at least 5 min.

Purée 6 cloves garlic and 1 cm fresh ginger, or crush with a mortar and pestle.

Add together with ½ tsp (2.5 ml) red chilli powder, ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) coriander powder, ½ tsp (2.5 ml) cumin powder, ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt and 2 tsp (10 ml) lime juice to the milk and lemon mixture and combine.

Score the tops of 900 g skinned chicken pieces and marinate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.

To cook, heat 5 Tbsp (75 ml) oil in a large, thick-bottomed skillet and add the chicken pieces.

Cover and allow the chicken to cook through on a low heat, turning the chicken pieces to ensure even cooking.

For the sauce, scald 700 g tomatoes in boiling water, and peel off the skin. Squeeze out the pips and mash to a semi-pulp with a fork or a potato masher.

Cook the tomato pulp in a frying pan for 5 min or so, until the liquid has evaporated slightly.

Add 75 g chilled butter and ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) paprika; after the butter has melted, let it cook for 1 min only.

NB: Taste the sauce at this point and if it has no sourness, add a few drops of vinegar.

Put ½ tsp (2.5 ml) dried curry leaves into a grinder or use a mortar and pestle and crush to a powder. Add to the sauce, with ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) garam masala powder.

Season to taste.

Combine chicken and sauce and mix well.

Cook on a low heat till creamy. Serve with a fragrant rice

1 Serving of cooked rice = 3 tablespoons or ¾ cup


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