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Butter Chicken – Photo Essay

OK, I’ve given you the ingredients and the method. Here are the photos of my attempt:


 
Ingredients for butter chicken assembled in two aluminium traysFirst I assemble all the ingredients. There’s rather a lot because the marinade is fairly complex.


 
Chicken pieces on a red chopping-board for raw meat; marinade ingredients on a green chopping-board for vegetablesNext I prepare the chicken and the ingredients for the marinade.


 
Chicken pieces in a bowl with marinade, being stirred with a wooden spoonChicken is mixed in with the marinade ingredients.


 

 


 
Marinated chicken pieces frying in a frying-pan on a cooker, while tomatoes cook in butter in a sauté panHere’s the chicken pieces cooking and the tomatoes slowly melting to a pulp. I’ve also got the kachumber ingredients ready. There are cachumber [sic] recipes in this book but I prefer to do it my own way.


 
Fried marinated chicken pieces being further cooked in a tomato and butter mixture in a frying panNow I’ve added the tomato mixture to the chicken in the frying pan.


 
Completed butter chicken in a copper and steel serving dish of traditional Indian design
The finished dish. I threw on a bit of chopped coriander to make it look more attractive.

Well, it wasn’t Gourmet Express (Ainsley does a version of chicken tikka masala in minutes in that book – very nice too) but the quality and complexity of flavour of this butter chicken was a bit of a step up from that, so, yes, it was worth the effort. It’s a good book, but not one of my top ten. I’m still keeping my eyes peeled for a better one.

PS: One of these days I’ll show you how to make an Indian restaurant curry. It’s not for the faint-hearted as it takes hours of preparation. Worth it, though.

50 Great Curries of India

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Camellia Panjabi
Paperback, 192 pages
1995, Kyle Cathie Limited
ISBN 1 85626 186 7
RRP: £9.99

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2 Responses to “Butter Chicken – Photo Essay”

  1. Mike K-H

    Tell me: is your kitchen always this clean, or was it set up for the photos?

    (Not for nothing did I choose the ‘Man in Greasy Shirt’ pseudonym…)

  2. Not Delia

    LOL! I confess to tidying it up a bit for the photos. That said, I like things to be done professionally. I always use the correct board and knife for the job at hand. The kitchen is tiny, sometimes I wish that when we had renovated this house we’d lost a bedroom and bathroom (we have three of each) in favour of creating a larger kitchen. But you don’t really need a big kitchen to do good cooking, as long as what space you do have is well organised.

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