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Butter Chicken: The icon of Indian Cuisine

The one dish that comes to your mind when someone talks about Indian cuisine is none other than the famous Butter Chicken. Although Indian cuisine is much more than just Butter chicken or chicken tikka masala, whenever we want to introduce someone to Indian cuisine the first dish everyone starts with is Butter chicken.  But how did butter chicken amass such fame? What led it to become the symbol of Indian cuisine all over the world?

What is Indian Cuisine?

What is Indian Cuisine? Indian Cuisine is not just Butter chicken or chicken tikka masala, Indian cuisine is a combination of cuisine which were born in the different states that make up what we know as India. There is north Indian cuisine, south Indian cuisine, Bengali cuisine, Mughlai Cuisine, Gujrati food, Rajasthani cuisine, and Punjabi Cuisine, etc. All these different cuisines with 100+ items together form what we know as Indian Cuisine. If someone were to write a book on the recipes of Indian cuisine, no would be able to finish it as there are uncountable dishes of all the sub-cuisines that form Indian cuisine but all over the world when you look for a symbol that defines the deliciousness and rich flavors of this extremely versatile cuisine it happens to be Butter Chicken. Butter Chicken has become an undeniable icon that represents the vast and versatile world of Indian Cuisine. What is butter chicken? From where did this dish emerge? Why has it garnered such fame that this huge cuisine with its rich history and versatile use of spices is denoted by this one dish alone?

Like all great things butter chicken was also discovered by accident, during the 1950s the joint founder of Moti Mahal Restaurant, Kundal Lal Gujral and Kundan Lal Jaggi created this iconic dish. They were feeding the refugees, but they almost ran out of tandoori chicken (another famous Indian dish) so to be able to feed all the refugees they improvised and mixed tandoori chicken with a rich and creamy tomato, butter, and cream-based curry which was named Murg Makhani and now it is known as Butter Chicken. The birthplace of this iconic mouth-watering dish in Delhi, the capital of India and all over the world it is used as filling in roti, in Australia and New Zealand it is seen as a filling in pies, and in other parts of the world it is also used as topping on pizzas but traditionally this rich and buttery dish is paired with Butter naan or rice.

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To create this delicious dish first chicken pieces are marinated in dahi (yogurt), lemon juice, salt, garam masala, Kashmiri red chili, and ginger garlic paste for several hours so that all these flavors seep into the chicken so that there is a burst of flavors at every bite we take. Once marinated this chicken is cooked in a tandoor which is a clay oven but alternatively, one can grill, roast, or pan-fry the chicken. Now the work on the rich and creamy gravy starts, first tomato, ginger, and garlic are cooked for 10-15 mins such that all the water has evaporated, this sauce is then blended and sieved to create a rich and velvety gravy. Different spices according to the variation of the recipe followed are added such as cardamom, fenugreek, coriander powder etc. Once the gravy is ready the cooked chicken is added to it and left to simmer for a few minutes so that it combines and forms a dish that is rich in flavor and texture. The cream is also added in the end as garnish. Some variations of this dish include Cashew paste that adds flavor and thickens the sauce. At last, one thing that is compulsory in almost all Indian dishes is added, coriander is put on top of the dish as garnish and is the showstopper.

Now in this age of innovations we all see every day the different innovations made in the culinary industry as well and in every Indian restaurant which houses both traditional and fusion food Butter Chicken has a fixed spot in its menu. Every country has its own version of Butter chicken which is based on its own tastes and ingredients. This played a major role in the rise of Butter chicken as an icon that single-handedly represents the vast and rich Indian cuisine all over the world.

Now it is quite obvious that your mouth is watering reading about this delicious delicacy, and you are craving a rich, creamy, and tasty curry, you can order this mouth-watering curry from Taste of Bollywood online. Taste of Bollywood is an Indian Restaurant in Adelaide which has all kinds of Indian dishes everyone will love from beginners to those who are absolute fans of Indian cuisine. So why wait order now and start your journey into the delicious, rich, and incredible Indian Cuisine.

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