Saturday, May 23, 2009

murgh methi malai

this chicken recipe i have been making for a long time and it is an easy n sure shot way of making a creamy n flavorful, restaurant like chicken comes out well even when you make it for a big gathering........fills up your house with a fragrance and any guest entering your house feels like entering a restaurant..this is the compliment i have received many times.........

this time though i decided to make this recipe in a low fat version and found that the taste was same as it's fattier counterpart but the aroma that fills your house is a bit lessened.......the reason is, the fats used in cooking are good solvents for the essential oils in the masalas and the hot dish allows the top notes of the fragrance to hit your nose this version , the aroma is a bit settled inside the gravy and hits more your tongue.........the fenugreek leaves lend an incredible taste to this recipe which is best accompanied with naan or chapatis.

you need......

5oo gms of dressed chicken, 10 cloves of garlic, a fat piece of ginger, 6 whole red chillies, a tsp of salt and a tsp of black pepper powder.

first make a paste of ginger garlic n red chillies and mix it well with the chicken pieces along with the salt n pepper and keep in the fridge for 3-4 hrs or overnight.

masalas to be powdered
cumin seeds 1 tsp
black pepper corns 2 tsp
star anise 1 no.
cinnamon 1 stick
green cardamom 4 nos.
black cardamom 2 nos.
cloves 8 nos.
grated nutmeg a pinch
coriander seeds 1 tbsp
bay leaves 2-3 nos.

roast the coriander seeds and broken bay leaves lightly and make a powder separately ......make a fine powder of the other spices without roasting and keep aside.

some more things you need are ......2 big onions made into a coarse paste, a cup of skimmed milk, 3 tbsp of heavy cream( this is the only fat addition to the recipe), 2 tbsp of dried kasoori methi ( or a cup of freshlty chopped fenugreek leaves), turmeric powder and salt to adjust seasoning.

to proceed ......heat a nonstick pan without oil on medium heat and pour in the onion paste to raost it lightly........adding a bit of salt lets the onion become cooked n caramelised easily........when the onion paste gets a bit browned(not dark) pour in the chicken with all the juices of the marinade.....stir and cook on medium heat till it releases it's own fat.......add the powder masalas and keep stirring.......the fats in the chicken come out slowly to make cooking easy after a while.........when you use oil to fry at this stage it is much quicker n fragrant........cook covered for about 10 minutes or till the chicken is poer in the milk , adjust salt and let it come to boil........pour in the cream and crushed kasoori methi...mix well and cook covered so that the aroma of the fenugreek leaves is absorbed into the chicken.........after about 3-4 minutes the dish is ready.......serve hot with chapatis or naan.......

enjoy this healthy low fat version of murgh methi malai....

this low fat chicken recipe goes to the potluck chicken hosted by vicky


  1. Interesting..easily customizable to vegetarian version.. good post!

  2. wow , that's a lovely chicken recipe. very unique one also. Thanks for sending this to the event dear.

  3. Hi Sangeetha, I checked my email.
    But didn't get your mail yet.
    My mail id is
    Thanks, Viki

  4. hii sangeetha,,,thanks a ton yaar for posting such a wonderful recipe,it looks like the one we have in restaurants. Whenever we used to have this recipe in any restuarant my mom and i used to wonder if we could by any means get this recipe from the chef,,,but here when i was googling got to see ur recipe and i am super excited,i feel like getting up right now and make this wonderful dish.Thank you so much once again

  5. thanks Sana...i am delighted that you found the recipe you were looking for....this is a favorite at my place n hope it will soon become one at your place too.