One of the most popular Indian dishes, this Murgh Makhani, or Butter Chicken, is bursting with flavour but with a healthy twist!
Although this traditional Dehli curry is usually made with butter (hence the name), swapping out the butter for low fat yoghurt still gives it the same creamy taste, but with lower calories and fat, which still all of the flavours from the herbs and spices.
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Instead of serving this curry with rice, I have gone with cauliflower “rice”. It is not that I think that there is anything wrong with rice, not at all, but when it is the bed for a dish, you can’t really taste it anyway, so to me it seems a waste. I love rice when it is the star of a dish, like risotto, but other than that I usually make this healthier alternative. Simply boil up cauliflower and then mash it. You can use this as an alternative to mashed potato too. A great way to get extra vegetables in to your diet.
This meal freezes really well, so it is definitely one for batch cooking and then portioning it out to freeze for quick and healthy meals in the week.
Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken) recipe – Serves 2:
- 300 g chicken breasts
- 6 tbsp low fat yoghurt
- 400 g chopped tomatoes
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp ginger finely chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cardamom pods
- 3 cloves
- 1 tbsp Garam masala
- 1 tsp Chili powder
- 1 tsp red chilli chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
- Grill the chicken until cooked through.
- Crush the garlic and ginger with a little oil and a pinch of rock salt.
- In a large frying pan heat the oil then fry the garlic/ginger paste until golden brown. Add the onion until cooked.
- Add the tomatoes, cardamom, bay leaf, cloves and cumin seeds. Cook for for 10 minutes.
- Add the Garam Masala and Chili powder, cook for a further 10 minutes.
- Slowly add the yoghurt and stir until mixed together.
- Add the chicken strips and cook until the chicken is heated.
- Remove the cardamom, cloves and bay leaf.
- Serve over rice and sprinkle chopped coriander over the curry.
What other Asian dishes would you like to see a healthy makeover for? Leave a comment below.
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