Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken was invented almost 70 years ago at an Old Delhi restaurant called Moti Mahal. The chef combined pieces of grilled Tandoori Chicken with a spiced tomato sauce to create this culinary marvel.
Here is the original Butter Chicken recipe using our finest quality authentic spice mixes. It takes about 45 mins to cook and makes 6 servings.
Serve with hot Naan bread or Basmati rice.
Cook Time 30 mins
Marinating time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Spicecraft Butter Chicken Spice Kit
  • 1 kg chicken thigh filets
  • 300 ml Light thickened cream
  • 140 g tomato paste 1 tub
  • 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 sprig fresh coriander for garnish
  • 1.5 cups water

Instructions
 

What you need

  • Gather your ingredients

Marinate the chicken

  • Cut chicken thighs into 3-4 cm pieces into a bowl. Add contents of the Marinade Spice Pack and 1 tbsp yogurt. Mix well and set aside for at least 15 mins or, if possible, overnight.
    For a dairy free version, use a tbsp of olive oil instead of yogurt.

Cook

  • Grill the marinated chicken on a BBQ until lightly charred, or in the oven until cooked, reserving the juices. You can also do this later when the sauce is simmering away.
  • To make the Butter Chicken sauce combine the contents of Sauce Pack 1 with 140g tomato paste and 1.5 cups of water
  • Melt 1 tbsp butter in a hot saucepan.
  • Add the spiced tomato sauce. Bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the contents of Sauce Pack 2.
  • Add the contents of Fenugreek Leaves from the pack and almost all the light thickened cream. Save a couple of tablespoons of cream for garnish later.
  • Stir in 1 tbsp honey. Mix well until the sauce colour lightens. Simmer for 10 mins
  • Now add in the grilled chicken and its juices and cook until the sauce thickens to a creamy consistency.
    Tip: If the sauce looks runny, simmer uncovered for another 10 - 15 mins until it thickens.
  • Season with a generous pinch of salt to taste.

Serve

  • Garnish your mouth wateringly delicious Butter Chicken with almond flakes and a dollop of cream. Serve hot with Saffron rice or Naan bread.
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Vegetarian Biryani Recipe

If you are unfamiliar with this much loved dish, Biryani is traditionally made by layering spiced rice and meat, then cooking the assembly in it’s own steam.

Versions of biryani can be found all across the subcontinent. In addition to the multiple varieties found in India, there are versions of Biryani from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myammar, the Middle East and even countries like Tibet and Poland.

Purists will say that Biryani must be a meat dish, and a vegetarian version cannot exist. But this vegetarian Biryani that delight vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

This Biryani is made with spices from the Spicecraft Hyderabadi Biryani spice kit. It is quite easy to make, though it does take a bit of time.

First we par boil rice in salt and spices, then make a vegetable curry with chunky veggies like potato, carrots, beans, onions and mushroom in yogurt and Biryani spices. You can also add in Paneer (cottage cheese) for some protein.

The rice and mixed veg curry then are formed into alternate layers in a deep pot, then allowed to steam gently in the sealed pot for a while.

It can take a couple of hours to put the whole thing together, so put on your music of choice and let’s begin.

Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani Recipe

This beautiful vegetarian version uses half the marinade spices from the Spicecraft Biryani Spice Kit and a selection of veggies.

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Servings 6 serves

Equipment

  • Dutch oven or 12 cm deep pot with a well fitting lid

Ingredients

  

  • 1 Spicecraft Hyderabadi Biryani Spice Kit
  • 400 g Basmati Rice Good quality
  • 1 bunch Fresh Mint leaves
  • 1 bunch Fresh Coriander leaves
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tbsp Canola or sunflower oil 
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or Butter or olive oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt to taste

Veggies

  • 2-3 Potatoes (3 small or 2 large)
  • 1 Red onion medium
  • 900 g mixed veggies (carrots, cauliflower, green beans, capsicum) and paneer (Indian cottage cheese)

Instructions

 

Prep

  • Soak rice underwater for one hour.
  • Slice potatoes into 2-3 cm thick discs. These discs will be used to form the base layer.

    Cut all other veggies into 2-3 cm pieces.

  • Roughly chop the mint and coriander
  • We first cook the vegetables to make a curry for layering.

    To make the curry, sautee onions in a wok with 1 tbsp of oil. When the onions soften, add in all remaining vegetables, except for the potatoes.

    Mix 1 cup yoghurt, half of the chopped mint and coriander, half the contents of Biryani Marinade Spices 1 and half the contents of Biryani Marinade Spices 2. This is to avoid the Biryani getting too spicy.

    Add this mix into the veggies in the wok and cook on medium heat till the carrots soften a little, or about 5 minutes, and set aside. Your Vegetable Curry for the Biryani is ready.

Cook Rice

  • Add spices from the Rice Spice Mix sachet to a large saucepan along with 1 tbsp oil and 2 liters of boiling water. Check the water for saltiness. It should be salty like the sea. If not, add more salt. This step is very important to ensure the rice is properly flavoured. The salt will be rinsed away later.

    Drain the rice that's been soaking underwater and carefully add it into the boiling water. Stir once, then allow the rice to cook on high heat for 4 mins. After 4 mins, turn off the heat and strain the parboiled rice discarding the water. It is very important to not overcook the rice to avoid a gluggy Biryani.

    You now have fragrant, gently spiced riced all ready for layering.

Build the layers

  • Preheat the oven to 170 fan forced.
  • LAYER 1

    To assemble the Biryani spread a 1 tbsp of oil in a thin layer at the base of a heavy pot.

    Place the sliced potatoes discs in a single even layer at the bottom of the pot. Ensure the base is completely covered without too much overlapping.

    Spread half the parboiled rice over the potatoes.

  • LAYER 2

    Spread the Vegetable curry prepared earlier over the rice evenly.

    Sprinkle half the chopped mint and half the chopped coriander over the curry.

    Now spread remaining rice in an even layer. Do not press down the rice.

    Drizzle half a cup of water over the rice.

  • LAYER 3

    Finally sprinkle remaining mint and coriander along with the fried onion from the sachet over the rice.

    Finish with a drizzle of 2 tbsp of ghee or olive oil.

  • Cover the pot with aluminium foil and then the tight fitting lid.

Cook the Vegetable Biryani

  • Cook the Biryani in the oven in it’s own steam at 170 degrees for 40 mins with the lid tightly on.
  • Remove pot from the oven and allow it to stand for 5 mins. Remove the lid and the foil. Biryani is ready to serve.

Serve

  • Garnish with a handful of fried cashews and raisins.
  • A small cup of Raita on the side goes really well with this Biryani.

    To make the Raita – combine 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, juice of half a lemon with a cup of yoghurt in a bowl. Mix through finely chopped mint, diced cucumber, onions and tomatoes. Serve fresh.

Keyword Biryani, Spicekit, Vegetarian

Rose Petal Preserve (gulkand)

Gulkand or Rose Petal preserve is a power packed little treat. Not only is it delicious as a spread, but is also considered a powerful herbal remedy in Ayurvedic Indian medicine. It is often prescribed as a cooling tonic in the summers and as a digestive aid.

It is made by drying a mix of rose petals and sugar in the sun over many days. 

Rose Petal Preserve (Gulkand)

A delicious preserve made with rose petals, sugar and a hint of cardamom. Use on toast, in a milk shake or eat straight off a spoon.

  • 1 cup organic rose petals
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder or crushed cardamom
  • 2 tbsp water
  1. Spread our half the rose petals at the bottom of a sterilized glass jar

  2. Sprinkle half the sugar or the rose petals followed by the cardamom

  3. Spread remaining rose petals over the sugar

  4. Sprinkle remaining sugar

  5. Pour water and honey on top and seal the lid tight.

  6. Place the jar in sunlight for 6-8 hours a day

  7. Stir well every other day

  8. Gulkand will be ready to use in about 10 days.

  9. Store in a cool dry place. No refrigeration needed.

 


Pink Champagne with dried Rose Petals

This lush pink champagne with dried rose petals makes for an elegant summer drink. Ready in minutes and bound to impress.

Pink Champagne with Persian Rose Petals

Mesmerising, elegant and super easy to make – Entertaining friends at home? Make this pink champagne cocktail infused with rosebuds and garnished with persian fairy floss pashmak expect some raised eyebrows looking fairy-like and tasting beyond yummy! Kids birthday party? Make special fun drinks for kids using the fairy floss they will love it
Course: Drinks
Author: Parya Zaghand from Saffron and More

Materials

  • 1 cup champagne
  • 2 cups pink lemonade
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • a few slices of lime
  • Rose petals for topping

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients for the cocktail
  • Rim glass with lime slice then dip in sugar or salt.
  • Throw in a a teaspoon of rose petals per glass
  • Pour cocktail into the glass
  • Sprinkle rose petals on top

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

It is believed that the Mughals from Persia first introduced Biryani to India 400 years ago. Since then this dish has evolved into a number of regional versions. The gloriously delicious Hyderabadi style Chicken Biryani is made by layering marinated chicken with spiced parboiled rice, then cooking the whole thing in it’s own juices on low heat.

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani Recipe

Spicecraft
Biryani is a much loved Indian dish made by steam-cooking layers of meat/veg and rice in their own juices. It does take time to make which is why it is usually made on special occasions. While there are many ways to make a Biryani, this particular recipe comes from the historic city of Hyderabad in Southern India.
There are three parts to this recipe. First, marinade the meat. Second, par boil the rice. Third, layer the meat and rice and cook in it’s own steam.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 serves

Equipment

  • Dutch oven or 12 cm deep pot with a well fitting lid

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kit Spicecraft Hyderabadi Biryani Spice Kit
  • 1 whole Chicken size 12 cut into 12-14 pieces
  • 400 grams Basmati Rice good quality
  • 1 bunch Fresh Mint leaves
  • 1 bunch Fresh Coriander leaves
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 4 tbsp Canola or sunflower oil fragrance free
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or Butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch Saffron thread (optional)
  • 4-5 Green Chillies (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Roughly chop coriander and mint leaves.
  • In a large bowl combine 1 cup yogurt with the spice mixes in Biryani Marinade Spices 1 sachet.
  • Next mix in the spices from Biryani Marinade Spices 2 sachet.
  • Add in half of the chopped mint, half of the chopped coriander and the juice of half a lemon
  • Add 1 tsp of salt and 3 tbsp of oil and mix well. For extra heat, add finely chopped green chillies at this point.
  • Now combine the chicken and the marinade and toss everything together to ensure all pieces are evenly coated
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, ideally overnight.
  • Soak 400g Basmati rice in water for an hour.
  • (Optional) A pinch of saffron can add a bit of extra oomph to your Biryani. Steep the saffron threads on 2 tbsp warm milk for an hour.

COOK

  • Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C fan forced.
  • Add spices from the Rice Spice Mix sachet to a large saucepan.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil and 2 liters of boiling water to the saucepan.
  • Check the water for saltiness. It should be salty like the sea. If not, add more salt. This step is very important to ensure the rice is properly flavoured. The salt will be rinsed away later.
  • Drain the rice that's been soaking underwater. Carefully add it into the boiling water. Stir once, then allow the rice to cook on high heat for 4 mins.
  • After 4 mins, turn off the heat and strain the parboiled rice discarding the water. It is very important to not overcook the rice to avoid a gluggy Biryani.
    You now have fragrant, gently spiced riced all ready for layering.
  • Assemble 3 layers of the Biryani.
    LAYER 1
    Evenly layer pieces of marinated chicken at the bottom of a deep and heavy pot. Unlike other forms of Biryani that first cook the chicken, our Hyderabadi version uses raw chicken for layering.
  • Sprinkle half of the remaining mint and coriander over the chicken.
  • LAYER 2
    Gently spread the parboiled rice over the chicken in an even layer. Do not press down on the rice.
  • (Optional) Sprinkle the saffron milk over the rice if using.
  • LAYER 3
    This final layer is made by spreading fried onions, mint, coriander and ghee over the rice.
    Even sprinkle fried onions from the sachet over the rice.
  • Next spread the remaining mint and coriander
  • Finally drizzle 2 tbsp ghee or melted butter as the final step of this assembly.
  • Cover the pot with aluminium foil and put the lid on. The Biryani is ready to go into the oven.
    Cook the Biryani in the oven for 1 hour at 170 degrees C with the lid tightly secure.
  • Carefully take the pot out of the oven and allow to stand for 15 mins with the lid on. Remove the lid and foil just before serving.

Notes

LAMB BIRYANI:  
This recipe works equally well with Lamb instead of Chicken. Use 1 kg lamb, fat trimmed, cut into 5 cm pieces. Remember to add an extra half cup of water over the rice in Layer 2.
 

How to cook perfect rice

“Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something.”

Mitch Hedberg.

Cooking perfect rice can sometimes feel like rocket science. It doesn’t have to be so long as you follow the right proportions of water and rice, and use the correct cooking pan.

This simple rice recipe is gently spiced and oh so flavourful. It pairs well with almost any meat or vegetarian curry. Try it with some Spicecraft Butter Chicken or the Cauliflower coconut curry.

You will need

1. Basmati Rice 275g

2. A pinch of good quality saffron (optional)

3. Water

Cooking instructions:

1. Rinse the rice under water until water runs clear.

2. Soak rice in water for at least 15 mins, longer if possible.

3. Mix saffron into 1 cup of warm water, steep for 15 mins longer if possible.

4. Drain all water from the rice, then place the rice into a saucepan that has a tight fitting lid.

5. Top with 1.5 cups water and 1 cup of the saffron liqueur. If not using saffron, just use 2.5 cups of water.

6. Turn to high heat and bring the rice and water to a rolling boil.

7. Now turn the heat down low and cover with a lid. Cook for 8 mins.

8. Turn off the heat, do not remove lid.

9. Allow to steam for 5-10 mins.

10. Remove lid and serve hot.     

Vegan “Butter Chicken”

A delicious version of Butter Chicken made with vegan/vegetarian ingredients. Perfect if you avoid animal products or if you are trying to get some extra veggies in.

‘Paneer Makhani’, as the traditional Indian vegetarian version is known, is almost as popular as actual Butter Chicken in the subcontinent. It is made using Indian cottage cheese called Paneer, available in the dairy section of all Australian supermarkets.

But really you can use tofu, tempeh, soy protein, chickpeas and any number of veggies. Our favourite vegan option uses roasted cauliflower. Absolutely sensational!

Spicecraft kits come with the 13 herbs and spices pre-portioned for this dish. We add in different spices at different stages of cooking to build layers of flavour.

Kits do not contain any animal products at all.

Ingredients
VEGAN
  1. Spicecraft Butter Chicken kit (makes 6 serves) – 1
  2. Tomato paste – 140g
  3. Cauliflower and/or firm tofu – 600g
  4. Light Coconut cream – 300 ml
  5. Sugar – 1 tsp
  6. Olive oil – 2 tbsp
vegetarian
  1. Spicecraft Butter Chicken kit (makes 6 serves) – 1
  2. Tomato paste – 140g
  3. Paneer – 600g
  4. Light thickened cream – 300 ml
  5. Honey – 1 tsp
  6. Yogurt – 1 tbsp
  7. Butter – 1 tbsp
Prep

First up is the marinade.

  1. Combine contents of ‘Chicken Marinade Spices’ sachet from the Spicecraft kit with 1 tbsp of oil or yogurt.
  2. Cut up your protein and veggies into 2-3 cm pieces.
  3. Mix in the marinade paste and ensure everything is evenly coated.
  4. Allow to rest for at least 15 mins or overnight in the fridge.
Cook
  1. Grill the marinated veggies and protein on the BBQ or oven until nicely charred. If using Paneer, grill on BBQ or skip this step altogether as it will release a lot of water if cooked in the oven.
  2. To make the sauce combine the contents of ‘Sauce Pack 1’ sachet from the kit with 140g tomato paste and 1.5 cups of water. Mix well.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil or butter in a saucepan and add in the spiced tomato sauce.
  4. Bring to a boil, then gently simmer for 5 mins.
  5. Now slowly add in 300 ml light coconut cream or light thickened cream. Mix well as the colour of the sauce lightens.
  6. Stir in contents of ‘Sauce Pack 2’ sachet from the kits.
  7. Next add in 1 tbsp sugar or honey, and contents of the ‘Fenugreek leaves’ sachet from the kit. Fenugreek leaves at bitter in character and add a rounded earthiness to the flavour.
  8. Simmer for 10 mins.
  9. Add in the grilled protein – tofu/chickpeas/Paneer – and simmer until sauce thickens to a creamy consistency. Do not add the veggies at this point.
  10. Pile the grilled veggies on a plate and pour the sauce over them and mix well.
  11. Season to taste.
  12. (optional) Garnish with toasted almonds and some chopped up coriander leaves
  13. Serve hot with some rice or Naan bread.

Happy Cooking!