- C​heating is on the left

I​ made butter chicken. Except I didn't.

Y​ou, too, could not really make one.

20w ago

B​utter chicken is the first Indian thing I ate, back when I were a wee lad, so it has a special place in my heart. In fact, it usually starts burning at about 3am and wakes me up.

T​he pilau rice (right, above) is my own. I started by toasting some cumin and brown cardamom in a dry pan and then 'setting them aside'. I fried a chopped-up shallot in ghee, added the cumin and cardamom (after bashing them up a bit) plus some cloves and turmeric, which gives it the yellow colour. Then the rinsed rice is stirred around in all that, gently, and then water is added, along with some cinnamon and a bayleaf, and the whole lot cooks by absorption under a lid.

T​he butter chicken came from a kit. Here it is.

N​ow in austerity packaging.

N​ow in austerity packaging.

I​t contains a packet of chopped spices, a 'base sauce', and the main buttery mixture. To do this properly (ie correct cheating) you should really marinade the chicken pieces in the base sauce and then grill them, briefly, to brown them off. But I couldn't be arsed, so I did it all in the pan.

I​ pimped it very slightly, with some more brown cardamom and a birdseye chilli I had left over, but otherwise followed the basic instructions. I could have seared the chicken pieces a bit more aggressively but no matter.

T​his is the best curry kit I've ever tried, and I've tried quite a few. It really did taste like butter chicken. 'This is like being in a restaurant,' said my home critic, except none of the crockery matched, and the waiter was bad-tempered and a bit pissed.

I​ recommend it. The kit, I mean.

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Comments (30)

  • Well done

      4 months ago
  • I've tried several of those Spice Tailor kits and they do seem to work, but I'm also finding that I'd rather start from scratch, as James did with the spicing for the rice.

      4 months ago
  • Hey bim do you know what that copper upperer you use in oh cook is called thats spins when you press the top

      4 months ago
  • Hey bim is there any more oh cook seasons to come????? The best cooking show......in the world

      4 months ago
  • It sounds like it was good

      4 months ago