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How to prepare Cardamom Butter Chicken ?


Preparation time: 15 mins 

Cooking time: 1 hr. 10 mins 

Serving: 4


  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped (leave seeds in if you like it hot)
  • small bunch coriander leaves picked, stalks roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp. ghee, or vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp. each turmeric, garam masala and ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground fenugreek
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 2½ cm cubes
  • 4 cloves
  • 12 cardamom pods, seeds removed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 400g can tomato
  • 150ml pot yoghurt
  • 50ml double cream
  • Chapatis and rice, to serve


  1. Place the garlic, ginger, chillies and coriander stalks in the small bowl of a food processor with a good pinch of salt, and blend to a fine paste – or grind to a paste using a pestle and mortar.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. of the ghee or oil in a large pan, add the onions and cook slowly for 15-20 mins until golden and caramelised. Tip in the garlic-ginger paste, turn up the heat and cook for a further 5 mins. Add the ground spices and cook for 2 mins more until fragrant. Scoop the spicy onion mixture out of the pan into a bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ghee or oil to the pan and cook the chicken over medium-high heat until browned all over. Tip into a bowl, cover and set aside.
  4. Return the onion mixture to the pan along with the whole spices, tomatoes and a can full of water (400ml). Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer gently for 40 mins.
  5. Return the chicken to the pan and cook, uncovered, for a further 10 mins until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the yoghurt and cream, season well and scatter with coriander leaves. Serve with chapatis and rice.

Posted by Coba Grills and we thank BBC Good Food for this delicious recipe and the recipe link is