Chicken Butter Masala


1 kg chicken,cut into small pieces
3 onion, finely chopped
tomato puree  (of 3 big tomatoes)
1 inch piece ginger
10-12 garlic cloves
2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp pepper powder
2 pieces of 1″ cinnamon sticks
3 cloves
2 cardamom
1 pinch cumin seeds
6 cashew nuts (grind to a paste adding little milk)
2 tbsp coriander leaves
4 tbsp butter


  1. Grind ginger, garlic, kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric powder,pepper powder, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and cumin seeds to a smooth paste.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onions and saute till light brown. 
  3. Add ground masala and salt and fry well until oil starts to separate. Then add 2 tbsp butter and tomato puree and mix well.
  4. When the gravy thickens, add chicken pieces and cook in medium heat. (Add hot water if needed)
  5. Add 2 tbsp butter, cashew paste and coriander leaves and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve hot with chapati / naan etc..

Recipe Source: Vanitha Magazine



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