My mum does this cool thing for her work when new people come to church – she invites them over for a meal to get to know other people at the church and the welcome them! So this means that we have 10-15 people for dinner about once a month.
We generally make something straightforward like a curry or stir fry, and this time we chose butter chicken! To be honest, we often use spice mixes and curry pastes rather than grind our own spices. But occasionally (when we’re feeling bold) we make them ourselves! So this time we did!
Jamie Oliver (as always) has a great and simple butter chicken recipe that we borrowed from.
Butter Chicken Spice Mix
The simplified version
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
2 tsp cornflour
4 cloves garlic
1 inch piece ginger peeled
chilli flakes to taste
1 tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Pinch cinnamon powder
Pinch of saffron, crushed
Salt to taste
Juice of ½ a lemon
- Place garlic and ginger in a mini food processor and blitz until finely chopped and it begins to look like a paste.
- Using a little of the yoghurt and maybe some water if necessary make a thin paste with the cornflour. Then add this along with the rest of the yoghurt to the processor and blitz until smooth and fully incorporated.
- Add the spices, salt and lemon juice and blitz until well combined. Then spoon over the chicken and stir it all through – I find it best to use your hands to make sure that every piece of chicken is fully covered with the paste.
- Then it’s best to leave the chicken to marinate for a few hours or overnight.
- Always add more of something if you prefer it! And make sure you taste the mix before you put it on the chicken. This is the sort of recipe you can experiment with, so keep changing it until you’re happy with the flavour!
- When you’re ready, fry up the chicken in a wok or fry pan with some veggies (carrot, capsicum, broccoli etc.) and 1 can of tomatoes until cooked through and reduced slightly. Then serve with rice, raita and roti (if desired).
*** Please note, if you are making this for 10 people (or at least, more than 4), it’s good to double the quantities above, but the method will still be the same. ***