If I was told that the only food that I could have for the rest of my life was butter chicken? I’d die a happy (and probably smelly) death. Seriously. The entire time I was making this my son kept saying “pee-ew”.
Sadly he also seems to use that phrase whenever he sees me changing.
Not sure what that’s about……………
Hence the cauliflower rice. Beach bod in no time (kidding, this is butter chicken).
But damn is it good. Seriously. I also have a thing for spice, and everything nice ;).
The formal name for this dish is Chicken Makhani. Which sounds skinnier, so I should probably edit the title for this post but it’s Christmas Eve Eve and festivities have already begun so I’m feeling quite…… befuddled….
This is my go to dish whenever I order Indian take out and have been determined to find an at home recipe so I can make this a more affordable meal option. I have tried many many times, and have failed many many more times, but I think I finally have nailed this one down. And my life is now complete. I might as well shut down this website because I have a feeling I won’t be cooking much of anything else for the next year or five.
I used purple cauliflower for the cauliflower rice. You may use any cauliflower (or just use basamati rice).
In order to achieve the bright orange color that you see in restaurants you will need to add food dye. That is what a chef at a local Indian restaurant nearby told me, so for aesthetic purposes go right ahead. I opted out and left this dish all natural.
I substituted some spices for ones that you can more commonly find at your local grocery store and really believe the spices below do this dish justice. You can find tandoori paste at Whole Foods (as well as everything else, but it’s a little more expensive).
Also you must let this dish simmer for at least thirty minutes to really get the full affect of all of the spices in one bite. It’s worth it.
If you’re doing store-bought naan bread, try heating in the oven with little pieces of butter & roasted garlic on top and garnish with some fresh chopped cilantro.