My first foray into Indian food!

Candy at candy girl posted a recipe for butter chicken not too long ago. This recipe has been needling at me for some time mainly because I’ve been wanting to try my hand at actually making Indian food. I suppose I was slightly intimidated because of all the exotic spices involved that I rarely use. However, when I read through the recipe, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had all the spices on hand! (Six total, mainly from random ffwD recipes.) This dish was the perfect starter recipe for newbies to Indian food. The only drawback was the recipe’s suggested overnight marinate time. Ouch. That’s a long time to wait for butter chicken, but it was worth it. The flavor of the chicken was perfectly seasoned, with the cardamom, coriander and cumin as the highlights. My sister even commented that the dish was “just spicy enough” to where she could handle eating it. I will admit this dish is much better the day it’s made as opposed to the next. I’m not sure why that happened. However, I will definitely be making this dish again. But, next time I’ll shorten the marinate time to 1-2 hours, per Candy’s suggestion.

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37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Yuri
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 08:05:04

    I love Indian food! I’m addicted to curry and love cardamom in baked goods. That chicken looks scrumptious šŸ™‚

  2. Liz
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 08:11:49

    My hubby isn’t a fan of Indian food, but I think he might eat this one…and thank goodness I have all the spices, too šŸ™‚

  3. Parsley Sage
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 08:12:12

    Great job! While I don’t make ‘Indian’ food, I do make a lot of Trinidadian curries. My kitchen always smells soooooo good when I get to whip out those spices. I’m sure yours did too šŸ™‚

    By the way, your rice looks amazing!

  4. Ronda
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 08:16:22

    I have been trying my hand at Indian food lately too. I am always surprised how easy it is, except the breads that is. I just can’t seem to get the roti to work. Your butter chicken looks great!

  5. Three-Cookies
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 08:28:40

    Butter chicken is really aweseome, though I haven’t eaten it in a long while. Looks like I will be making is soon.

  6. Jay
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 08:35:55

    wow…sounds awesome…fantastic try dear…keep them coming..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  7. Ker-Yng
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 08:37:56

    Looks good, well done! What’s next? šŸ™‚ I love Indian food too although I can’t handle most of their chilli!

  8. Jessica
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 10:00:16

    Yay! Your first Indian dish!

  9. Mary
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 10:53:54

    Butter chicken is a great first dish. Yours looks wonderful and I’m sure it tastes delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  10. chanzdutt
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 10:56:11

    Moutwatering awesome

  11. Cher
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 11:44:14

    Too funny. I made butter chicken this weekend to go along with the broccoli for this weeks FFwD. It must be in the air! (I served mine over rice as well).

  12. Eva
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 13:17:10

    Oh man, I loooove butter chicken! Whenever I go to Indian lunch buffets it makes up like 3/4 of my plate. But I’ve never really tried making Indian food before, either. You have inspired me though! I will try out the recipe, it looks awesome šŸ˜€

  13. Anita Menon
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 13:41:32

    Fabulous attempt. It looks fantastic. Butter chicken is my husband’s all time favourite but I haven’t ever tried making it at home. Will give it a shot soon.

  14. chunklet's mom
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 14:48:04

    Wow, I LOVE butter chicken! I’m going to try it tonight (or tomorrow night). The picture looks awesome. I’m going agreed with the person I heard in your office earlier about this not being your real photo šŸ˜‰

  15. Mary
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 19:49:46

    Looks delicious! I love cooking Indian food, and find that I am always adding one more spice to the spice drawer. Said drawer is now overflowing, but the food is tasty!
    šŸ™‚

  16. Angela
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 21:27:01

    Yay for Indian food! I love a good curry (in my biased opinion, my mom makes the best chicken curry in the world!)

  17. Betsy
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 21:53:04

    This looks great! I ordered butter chicken for the first time at an Indian restaurant (first time I saw it on the menu). Now I can make it at home. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Joyti
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 01:51:30

    It looks like it turned out well!
    My guess is that its best the day you make it because of the cream…I find that dishes with cream or cheese don’t do well the next day.

  19. tinytearoom
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 02:37:59

    excellent. I was looking for a good butter chicken recipe. thank you for the link!

  20. sanyaliving
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 05:23:14

    Looks great! Love butter chicken!
    You’ve actually made me think I can do this.

  21. Chaya
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 08:33:51

    Indian food is the best. I only discovered it a year ago and have thrown a few dishes together and we liked them all.

    This looks like another one to try.

  22. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 09:43:40

    Looks lovely! I’m a huge fan of Indian food ever since I studied in London. There were so many fantastic Indian restaurants around my flat that I thought I was in heaven.

  23. gingerbreadbagels
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 09:56:17

    Your butter chicken looks sooo good. I’ve never made Indian food before but I’ll have to try making this! šŸ™‚

  24. sonia
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 10:32:09

    CONGARTULATIONS FOR UR SUCCESSFUL FORYA INTO THE INDIAN KITCHEN. THE CURRY IS LOOKING AWESOME !

  25. Kankana
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 16:08:23

    Most Indian cooking is all about spice dear! This looks amazing … we love butter chicken a lot .. one of hubby’s fav! šŸ™‚

  26. Flourchild
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 16:25:44

    This looks very good! I love to try new things. I have never ventured in to Indian cusine. Maybe someday!!

  27. Kathy
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 19:48:22

    I have never tried Indian food. This looks and sounds really delicious! I think I’ll add it to my list of things I want to try!

  28. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 21:08:11

    I love butter chicken, but I’ve never tried to make it. Yours looks really good! šŸ™‚

  29. Meri
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 22:45:05

    wow- looks delish! The boyfriend is actually cooking up some curry in the kitchen right now so I’m having sort of a multi-sensory experience šŸ™‚

  30. Elaine
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 23:38:40

    You did a great job! I love butter chicken.

  31. Alice
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 01:57:55

    This looks great. As soon as lent is over and I can eat meat again I’d really love to try this!

  32. sweetlife
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 09:14:23

    your first attempt, a success!! butter chicken is one of my favs!!

    sweetlife

  33. claire
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:02:18

    WOW~ I havent taken the plunge into Indian food but I really want to… You have convinced me. Indian Food here I come!

  34. Adriana @ GreatFood360
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 21:18:18

    This looks fantastic! I have done very little Indian cooking at home, but have prepared and can recommend the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe at Allrecipes.com. It doesn’t take as long to marinade, although I bet it would be awesome if left overnight too.

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  36. Serene
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 11:02:09

    Wow, that looks soooooooo goooooooood! I’m jonesing for it now! (It’ll have to wait until payday, but still, bookmarking that recipe so I can have it first thing after I get paid. šŸ™‚

  37. Miriam
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 09:43:57

    Thanks for the recipe, I made this dish last night and it was a success with all four kids…I will be making this again!

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