Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Makhan Chara (Butter Chicken)

This recipe has been in my cuttings folder for many, many years - so long I have no recollection of which magazine it came from, or when. It's at least 25 years old, as that's how long it is since I last updated this particular folder, and the typeface looks reminiscent of the old Slimming Magazine - although I'm guessing from the vast amount of butter in the recipe, that it wasn't from there!


Making it is a two-day event, as a fresh masala needs to be made and mixed with yoghurt, and the chicken marinated overnight.


Next day the chicken is grilled and then mixed into a sauce that is basically a gloriously unhealthy mixture of a vat of melted butter with some cream added (plus a little tomato purée as a vague nod in the vegetable direction). To make it easier to grill the chicken pieces, I threaded them onto skewers


Then grilled them until they started to catch on the edges - the marinade protects the chicken on the inside from drying out


I started making the sauce very early as it says it has to cook for 1½ hours - but even on the lowest heat, it would have fried away to nothing by then, and the cream, butter and tomato were all well blended within a couple of minutes, so I took it off the heat and just reheated it with the chicken pieced added once they were grilled.


The verdict - tasty, but more effort than it was worth. I make a lot of far tastier chicken curries that take a fraction of the time and make much less washing up. And as for the fat content - totally alarming!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh I should do a folder. Looks tasty . I'll be with you around 3pm pick me up in the Carboark please

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