Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)
5 lbs chicken thighs
cut into 1” cubes
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp cayenne
2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp garam masala
1 Tbsp fenugreek leaves
2 Tbsp rice bran oil
3 Tbsp ginger paste
3 Tbsp garlic paste
1 cup thick Greek yogurt
or 1 ½ cups regular yogurt strained
2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 head cauliflower
cut into florets
Cayenne and Kosher salt to taste
1/2 cup melted butter
8 each whole green cardamom pods
1 stick cinnamon
4 each whole cloves
1/4 cup finely minced ginger
15 each large garlic cloves
finely minced
1 each yellow onion
small diced
1 each serrano pepper
seeded and minced (can substitute with 2 jalapenos)
5 1/2 cups pureed tomatoes
1/4 cup whole almonds
2 tsp garam masala
2 Tbsp fenugreek leaves
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups basmati rice
rinsed well
4 ½ water
1 tsp Kosher salt
For the Chicken
Preheat oven to 400F or a grill on high heat. Toss the cubed chicken with the lemon juice and salt. Then mix with the remaining marinade ingredients and set aside for at least 30 minutes or up to a few hours. Bake or grill until mostly cooked through and set aside.
For the Makhani Sauce
Heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves and toast lightly for a couple of minutes until fragrant and sizzling. Take care not to burn them. Add the fenugreek seeds, ginger, garlic, onion, and chiles. Cook stirring frequently for about 5 minutes to soften the onion. Add the tomato puree and a large pinch of salt. Puree with a hand blender at this stage if desired. Add the cooked chicken and ¼ cup water. Simmer over low heat covered for as long as possible. Add the cauliflower 12 – 15 minutes before serving, along with the remaining ingredients. Adjust consistency by adding more water or reducing further. Adjust flavors as desired.
For the Rice
Add all ingredients to rice cooker. When the rice is finished, unplug the cooker and fluff rice. Keep lid on until ready to serve.
For vegetarian option, replace firm tofu or paneer with chicken.