Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani to give it it’s correct name, is a typical Punjabi dish which is now popular in many countries all over the world. It is a rich creamy dish and can be made as mild or as spicy as you like and has to be one of my all-time favourite curries to make and eat. Although similar, you shouldn’t confuse Butter Chicken with Chicken Tikka Masala. CTM originated in the UK where as Butter Chicken is a true Punjabi dish with hundreds of years of tradition and history.
Chicken Tikka Masala is apparently the UK’s favourite curry. That’s as maybe, but it’s not one of mine. I prefer the Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala as served by the excellent Cinnamon Lounge in Ripponden. Notice the difference? You will when you eat it!
Apparently the Chiken Tikka Massala was invented in Glasgow by an industrious chef who, when asked for some sauce by a customer who’d ordered Chicken Tikka without knowing what it was, mixed some spices together with a can of Heinz Tomato Soup.
So what is Chicken Tikka Masala (or “CTM” as it is sometimes known)? Continue reading