Friday 1 January 2016

Restaurant Style Butter Chicken and a New year Message for all of you

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 
― Neil Gaiman
We are just a few hours away from welcoming in the New Year 2016!! (I started writing this post yesterday but obviously as you can see I couldn't finish!!) 
So first things first: Wishing all you wonderful people a Happy new year. May the year 2016 be filled with lots of good cheer and happiness - a new year full of hopes, inspiration, dreams and new beginnings for each one of us. 
As we take our first few steps into a brand new year, let us pledge (especially the 24 hour-on-duty, no time to be sick, no-holidays-ever moms) to take out a little time to live our dreams and grab every opportunity thrown at us, to take a step forward and do things that really mean something to us and make us happy, however small and insignificant those things might be in the eyes of another person.
Let us move forward and live in the moment, knowing that time will never turn back its clock, as each moment wasted can never be found again, it is lost for ever!! 
Let us begin to live a little for ourselves, not to get bogged down by the monotonous day to day chores, always trying so hard to live up to someone else's expectations. From experience you realize that try as hard as you might, you would never be able to make anyone 100% happy. So live your life first, because in the long run if your soul is happy, you can reflect the same happiness to others around you. 
Be positive yourself and before you start looking for the faults in the other person, try hard and remember the good points they might have (Believe me!! everyone has some!) - in the end you might start looking at that same person in a completely different light. 
Well!! This is exactly what is going to be my new year resolution, my mantra for this new year!! 

Last year was quite eventful for me. Leaving a well settled life in India we made this huge decision to move half way across the world, bag and baggage to America and started life literally from scratch here. A year back when we landed in Houston with just two suitcases each, things were so uncertain, it felt as if we would never be able to build back our life together as we had back home. Everything looked so distant at that time but touch wood things have worked out well and everything seems to have fallen into place. 
It has been a good year, full of new learning and experiences. And I loved it that I got to travel and see some great places, which I absolutely love doing. (In fact when I was younger I wanted to be an Air hostess so I could travel extensively and see the world). Apart from missing friends and family back home, the other thing that I haven't been happy about is that, much as I would have liked to, I haven't been able to concentrate on my blog, with so much going on this past year. 
But not worrying about it too much right now, as I am a firm believer in the saying that "Everything happens for a reason and that there is a right time and place for everything!!"
Right now, I feel this is my time to experience this new change in my life, explore new places and create new memories.

With this thought I will leave you all to welcome the new year with this delicious recipe of Butter Chicken. This recipes is a bonanza - kind of buy one get one free type of deal. Along with the butter chicken recipe you get the recipe for tandoori chicken free. So you hit two birds with one stone. Feels good doesn't it. Didn't I say you were off to a great start this year?
You can make the tandoori chicken in an oven or over a barbecue to give the lovely charred smoky flavor. I did mine in the Philips Airfryer - my all time favorite kitchen companion for grilling everything and anything right from meats to your veggies. If you would like to grill the Tandoori Chicken in the Philips Airfryer you can read it here in my other post. It is a great gadget for people who are health conscious but can't resist good food like me. It cuts down your oil content by nearly 70% and that is huge. I personally vouch for it and am a big fan of it. If you want to know more about this wonderful appliance read my review here.
Stay blessed and healthy. Have a wonderful year ahead full of love and happiness and beautiful memories!! 
Cheers to a New year!!

Prep time: 20 minutes plus 2 hr marination
Cook time: 30 minutes
For the grilled Chicken
For the marinade
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp mustard oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds/ 1 kg boneless chicken cut into cubes (you can also use chicken legs or thighs)
1 tablespoon oil for basting
For the Tomato Sauce
4 pods green cardamom
6  tomatoes finely chopped
2 green chillies
1 tbsp garlic paste
3/4 tsp deghi mirch powder
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp cashew paste
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter 
4 tbsp cooking cream
a few springs green coriander
2 tbsp cream

In a mixing bowl mix together all the ingredients of the marinade. Keep aside for 10 minutes. Then add the chicken and mix well. Cover and marinate for 2-4 hrs.
Preheat the oven to 430 F.
Skewer the chicken pieces and grill in the oven basting at regular intervals for 8-10 minutes until done. Alternately thread the marinated chicken into skewers and barbecue over hot coals basting with oil till the chicken is tender and done.
Keep aside.
For the gravy
Wash the tomatoes. Boil till soft about 20 min
Grind the tomatoes with green chillies and cardamom to a fine paste and strain,
Heat the butter on low heat in a large frying pan,
Stirring constantly, add in the  garlic paste and cashew paste and saute till brown.
Add the tomato paste and cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add in the grilled chicken, salt, deghi mirch, honey, cream and cook on low heat for 20 minutes. You will know when it is done when the irresistible aroma starts enveloping your whole house.
Add the fenugreek leaves.
Remove from fire. 
Served garnished with a swirl of cream on top.

Do try out the recipe and let me know how you liked it. Sweet and sour and tangy, this dish has to be tasted to be believed.

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