Ananda’s Gourmet – Chicken Murgh Makhani

This Chicken Murgh Makhani was good curry. In fact, it was great curry – and it’s not only myself who thought so – good foodie friends ate this with me and we all agreed it was pretty awesome. I congratulate myself on excellent onion and chicken chopping skills, perfect yoghurt stirring skills and my ability to firmly press down the lid of a tupperware box but other than that, all the glory goes to Anandas Gourmet.
Pan full of Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken)

Isn’t twitter a wonderful thing? Anandas Gourmet got in touch with me after seeing how much I love eating curry (or maybe how much I tweet about eating curry!) and asked if I’d like to review some of their spice packs. Of course I said yes! I’m yet to try the Aloo Gobi Masala but I was seriously impressed with the Murgh Makhani. So much so that I’ll be bulk buying them up and then pretending it was all my own work (shhhh)…

Anandas Gourmet spice kits
The pack comes with a shopping list and fold out cooking instructions. I did make one slight change – switching chicken breast for skinless and boneless chicken thighs instead. I find them have more flavour and don’t dry out so much.  My one piece of advice – read the instructions before you cook – there are some length marinade times in here so you need to know you’ve got time to really perfect all the elements!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 450g chicken (the pack suggests breast meat but I used boneless, skinless thighs)
  • 220ml tinned tomatoes (I used a full tin, then reduced the water/ milk quantity slightly)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 3cm piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 50g salted butter
  • 150ml natural yoghurt
  • 125ml milk
The Murgh Makhani spice pack contains 3 spice packs which are added at certain stages in the cooking process.
  • Spice Pack 1: chilli & salt
  • Pack 2: whole spices
  • Pack 3: ground masala mix


The Chicken Marinade: 
  • Mix the chicken with pack 1 and the juice of half a lime. If time allows, leave in the fridge for an hour.
  • Next coat the chicken with pack 2 along with yoghurt, 2 tbsp of oil, grated ginger and garlic and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or even overnight if you’re able to!
  • Preheat the oven to 200c or gas mark 7.
  • Place the chicken on a foil lined roasting pan and roast in the oven for 15-20 mins or until slightly charred. I found it took a little longer than this to get the charring effect – because I was using thigh meat, this was fine as it doesn’t dry out as quickly as breast meat. Once done, keep to one side.
The sauce: 
  • Grate or finely chop the onion and keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil with the butter in a frying pan or thick bottomed saucepan (something with a lid). Add the onion and fry for 5 mins on a medium heat, stirring to avoid sticking. Again, I cooked the onions for slightly longer than this as I love to really cook them down so that they’re really soft.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add pack 3 and 200ml water, 125ml milk and the chicken plus any cooking juices left in the pan. Again, I tweaked this, I  used a whole tin of toms and reduced the water down to 100ml to compensate for the additional tomato liquid.
  • Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes on a low heat.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with steamed rice and naan breads.
before and after marinaded chicken for curry
marinading chicken for curry
homemade butter chicken using Ananda's Gourmet
Add fresh coriander to the butter chicken at the very end.
butter chicken with rice and naan
If I had one criticism – and this is nit picking – the dish was a little salty. I am a salt monster so I didn’t mind but I can imagine some people may find it too much for them. Otherwise – simple and easy to follow instructions and a deliciously authentic tasting curry. For £3.50 this spice pack was a bargain! Ananda is originally from Hyderabad in Southern India but now lives and cooks from Stockton on Tees! If you live in that area, she also sells complete meal kits (which include the meat and vegetables). How cool is that?   
*Anandas Gourmet sent me two spice packs to try free of charge but as always, all opinions are my own*

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  1. 5th July 2015 / 9:36 am

    I love curry and have always wanted to try butter chicken. I heard a tip once that if you put a peeled potato in something salty it draws some of the salt out. Worth a try????

  2. 5th July 2015 / 11:12 am

    Yum this look so delicious,I love curry I might have to try this xx


  3. 5th July 2015 / 11:29 am

    Ooh that's a new tip for me – I'll have to try it! Thanks for reading & commenting Sammie 🙂

  4. 5th July 2015 / 11:38 am

    You definitely should – let me know what you think 🙂

  5. 5th July 2015 / 12:09 pm

    I love butter chicken – this looks delicious!

  6. 5th July 2015 / 12:48 pm

    I do like a good butter chicken, and this one looks and sounds delicious as well as not containing a huge quantity of butter. Lovely!

  7. 5th July 2015 / 6:57 pm

    Curries are so versatile and a firm favorite with everyone.

  8. 5th July 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Such lovely comments from everyone! And now I'm craving curry too! 😛

  9. 5th July 2015 / 8:29 pm

    I absolutely love butter chicken and thus one looks great! Another one craving curry here now too

  10. 6th July 2015 / 9:07 pm

    This looks lovely, I really miss curry now I no longer live in the UK! 🙂

  11. 8th July 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Oh my butter chicken <3 the best! Sounds lovely! I'm a bit of a salt monster myself, mind!

  12. 10th July 2015 / 7:38 am

    I know its terrible but I can't help myself when it comes to salt!

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