Some Background on Butter Chicken

Every ethnic food has some background history to it. You might think that some people in some country just all decided to cook this one dish for no apparent reason, but in reality there is a story behind it. While the history of butter chicken isn’t all that clear, there’s one thing that matches up between each story that I read, it started with a man named Kundan Lal Gujral, a man who was a famous chef in the city of Peshawar.  He was known to make the best butter chicken also known as Murgh Makhani) in the entire area and  finally opened his own restaurant called Moti Mahal in 1947. The way the dish originally came about was when the chef’s would recycle the leftover  juice from the Tandoori chicken and added butter and tomato to the sauce pan and finally added the chicken, thus Butter chicken was created.  This chicken dish later became very popular in the Sikh community  and all over India for that matter. Finally it spread around the world and is found in almost every Indian/ Pakistani restaurant in the area. Traditionally it is eaten with naan and can also be served with rice.


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