If there’s a Rajniknath in North-Indian dishes, it is the Butter Chicken! Punjab and Butter Chicken are something like Santa and Banta – you can’t really imagine one without the other. No wonder then, as we celebrate the vibrancy of Punjab in this issue, we can’t help but rediscover the one dish that all Punjabis swear by – Butter Chicken!

– The Indian Trumpet’s Punjab Edition

We play Sherlock to find out when and how did the recipe of the Butter Chicken originate. And not to our surprise, there are many versions, and a popular story goes such – What was hastily prepared by a Moti Mahal (located in Daryaganj, Delhi) chef post dinner time for a hurried VIP customer turned out to be a WOW dish. Liberal amounts of butter, tomato, and garam masala resulted into an amazing delicacy, which he was supposed to make for the ruler of Mareelun. His forgetfulness to buy enough ingredients gave the world a reason to lick fingers, every time! While the ‘Moti Mahal version’ is interesting enough to believable (or not?), one thing many would agree is certainly that the dish has Mughlai roots and is strongly influenced by Persian, and Turkic cuisines of Central Asia.

We get onboard Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. He says, “One would think that the dish stands for chicken cooked in butter, but that’s far from the truth. Also called Chicken Makhni, the greatness of the dish comes from the immersion of roasted chicken in a curry that is as smooth as butter…this velvety smoothness, the mingling of the sour with the sweet, and the spices adding panache, is what gives it the name of Butter Chicken, and the rest is history!”

Butter Chicken Omelette

Offering a blend of cultured elegance this Ramadan, the suhoor menu at Bombay Bungalow includes a selection of Vegetable and feta cheese chapatti served with fresh and flavoursome varieties of hummus and chana masala oozing flavour and authenticity within each dish. The chef’s special and a must-try for all is the butter chicken omelette, an elevated version of the classic omelette dipped in butter chicken sauce promising sensory explosions of taste. The meal is not complete without something sweet. The choices include a stuffed Gulab Jamun, Honey Gulab Jamun or the chocolate Gulab Jamun for those looking to get their sweet cravings satisfied.

The Beach Mall, JBR

Burrata Butter Chicken

India Bistro‘s Iftar includes dates along with fresh cut fruit and rooh afza. The Iftar menu will further consist of Dahi Bhalla for starters; Zaatar Murgh Tikka, Lamb Seekh Kebab for grill platter; Burrata Butter Chicken, Kheema mutter, Paneer khada masala and Chicken biryani for mains and Gulab jamun for desserts. 

Sheikh Saeed Hall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Center Area

More Burrata Butter Chicken?

Come together and savour the exotic flavours of fusion cuisine as you break your fast with an array of mouth-watering options at MASTI. Start with dates, fruits, and lentil soup and move on to sharing platters including cassava chaat, burrata malai paneer tikka, beef empanadas, and more. For the mains, satiate your appetite by choice of MASTI style biryani, nimona, prawns moilee, and burrata butter chicken. To end your iftar on a sweet note, the menu offers options including gulab jamun brulee tart and chocolate berry cake.  

La Mer, Dubai

Awadhi Butter Chicken

This Ramadan, Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai’s iconic Indian restaurant and designer kitchen, welcomes guests to experience hearty evenings inspired by the Nawabs, Royal Rulers of India, at the Shaam e Oudh (Awadh) themed Iftar and Suhoor. Break your fast with an enticing starter menu that pairs Pyaz Aloo ka Pakora, spicy vegetable fritters, and the Galouti Kebab, a soft, delicate, and juicy lamb kebab. Among the main courses, the Murg Mehakpari, also known as butter chicken, the delicious chicken tikka in creamy tomato sauce, and the flavorful Awadhi Jhinga Curry, a royal delicacy of prawns cooked in yoghurt and spices, are all must-tries to experience the true Awadhi cuisine. Your Iftar experience concludes with a variety of signature desserts, such as the Awadhi Shahi Tukda, a boiled bread slice in rabdi and saffron, and the chilled Badam Kulfi Falooda, which is a scrumptious almond ice cream candy in falooda.  

Business Bay, Dubai