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History of the iconic Butter Chicken

There are 2 kinds of people in the world, the ones who love butter chicken and the ones who have never tasted it. We feel sorrow for the later people as they don’t get to know the greatest inventions in the food industry. When we talk about greatest inventions, don’t you think they would have taken years to develope and conquer the world? That’s what got us to wondering about the origins of #butterchicken.


This takes us to the time of pre-partition India, and its story takes us to a sweet shop in Peshawar called Mukhey da Dhaba, owned by Mokha Singh. It was here that young Kundan Lal Gujral worked, he helped invent the tandoori chicken that we all love today. Yes, you heard that right, this story includes the invention of the famous #TandooriChicken.


There came a time when Mokha Singh’s health deteriorated and he eventually sold the shop to Gujral who renamed it as Moti Mahal. An astute businessman, KL Gujral realised that the Tandoori Chicken hanging on the seekhs above the tandoor all day would tend to dry out if unsold. He then came up with the idea of creating a gravy with tomatoes, butter, cream and some spices to immerse the Tandoori Chicken pieces in, helping them regain moisture and become palatable again. And thus, was born the Butter Chicken.


The beauty of Butter Chicken lies in the subtle balance of tanginess and a creamy texture. It's easy to get wrong, and often the version are too sweet. We at #Indikitchen have tried to replicate the iconic recipe but with a slight #Mumbaiyaa twist. Look forward to our next post for the recipe.





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