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FINGER LICKIN’ BUTTER CHICKEN

Delicious restaurant-style butter chicken made right at home with simple ingredients. This recipe is exactly how they make butter chicken in restaurants — and I’ve had people tell me it’s actually better! Trust me when I say it’s finger-lickin’ good!

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Finger-Lickin’ Butter Chicken! That’s a little too much fun to say.

Doin’ a little throwback Monday right here with some Indian food.

Last week I had this crazy intense craving need for creamy and spicy homemade butter chicken. I mean, it was so crazy that I could practically taste the butter chicken in my mouth. My heart started racing, my hands started shaking — okay, it wasn’t quite that dramatic but you kind of get the idea. I dug down deep into the LSJ files (this is actually one of the first recipes I ever posted on the blog!) It was time to retake some of the pictures and reintroduce you to my finger-lickin’ butter chicken recipe.

Not only am I replacing some of my old (and not so great) photography, I also reworked the recipe to make the ingredient list a little shorter without compromising any of the flavors. I made the instructions a little more easy to follow AND AND AND I am adding in tips, like, how to make some of the components ahead of time and just general advice on how to make this the best butter chicken you’ve ever had.

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So about that BUTTER chicken. Ironically enough my butter chicken recipe doesn’t contain that much butter. And I used what’s called ghee (also known as clarified butter). If you’re wondering where in the heck you are going to find that, try Trader Joes or Whole Foods or here. Or if you prefer to use regular butter, I suggest you use a mix – ½ butter + ½ oil because butter can burn super easy.

This recipe is super simple. No need for you to grab whole spices and grind them up. I skip them and replace it with tandoori masala. Just follow the step by step directions, and you’ve got creamy butter chicken right at home that’s better than your favorite Indian take-out. It’s a combination of spices all blended together and it’s perfect for this restaurant-style butter chicken. It’s usually available in powder/paste form in the international aisle. The one I use and LOVE can be found here.

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I can’t say I take all the credit for this recipe. I got the recipe from my mom, who got it from her sister, who used to work at an Indian restaurant once upon a time. So there. It’s authentic, restaurant-style butter chicken, for reals. <– Just tweaked a bit to make it easier for us everyday people, like you and me, without compromising flavor!

It’s all about that sauce when it comes to an authentic butter chicken recipe. No really. Like with most curries, this butter chicken actually tastes better with time. If you’ve got your life together, and you’re one of those people that recipe plan and prep food ahead (first of all, power to you!) then this butter chicken can be even better for you. Make the gravy portion of this recipe, blend it and allow it to cool completely before popping it in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. Let those flavors really get together.

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You can also marinate the chicken in the ginger, garlic, yogurt, and tandoori masala and let it sit for 12-24 hours, covered in the refrigerator. The yogurt, ginger, and garlic really help make the chicken more tender. As always, I’m a fan of white meat chicken, so I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you could go the dark meat route and use chicken thighs as well. Some may even tell you it’s more flavorful that way, I’m not one of those people though. ???

Also, with a little weekend prep work, this recipe can be made weeknight friendly. Just make the sauce (and freeze it beforehand) and marinate the chicken on Sunday and pull it together in about 20 minutes on a Monday. That’s faster than ordering take-out and trust me, it tastes better too.

This is kind of a big deal for me. I usually leave the Indian food to mom or the Indian restaurants. But if there’s any recipe that’s worth making at home, it’s butter chicken. AM I RIGHT? I could eat this all week long. And yes, I’m going to say with confidence that this is the BEST butter chicken recipe you’ll ever make. A big thank you to all those that have tried it/loved it/commented/added it to your dinner rotations. <– Let me make the directions a little more clear and the recipe a little easier to follow for you!

Butter chicken, it’s what my dreams are made of.

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Street Food at Old Delhi

8 FAMOUS FOOD PLACES IN DELHI

Food in Delhi

1. Old Delhi

Street Food at Old Delhi

Street Food at Old Delhi

Fun Fact: All our favourite chat items, from Papri Chaat and Dahi Bhalla to Jalebi, originated in Old Delhi.

Old Delhi is a popular hub for street food, authentic Mughlai cuisine, and sweets. If you really want an authentic experience with typical north Indian street food, Old Delhi is a must-visit.

Some of our recommendations are Khemchand Adesh Kumar’s Daulat Ki Chaat, Lotan Chole Wala, Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala, and Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar and Bishan Swaroop for the best chaat you will ever have.

2. Gali Paranthe Wali

Paranthe, served with a dollop of butter

Paranthe, served with a dollop of butter

If there’s one place you’ve got to visit, particularly if you’re vegetarian, it’s Paranthe Wali Galli. Several tiny shops serving delicious paranthe, fresh, hot and in a variety of styles. In existence for over 50 years, some of the original shops are still operating.

Several celebrities and influential politicians and businessmen also visit this place, which is crowded through the evening and into the night.

3. Khan Market

Delicious food at Big Chill Cafe, Khan Market

Delicious food at Big Chill Cafe, Khan Market (source)

Khan Market is one of Delhi’s incredible food districts.It has a mix of cafes, fine dining options and fast food. A vibrant neighborhood, whose streets are filled with the delicious aromas of mutton kebab and fried rice, it is a hub for the best eateries, bars and restaurants.

A few restaurants here that you absolutely must visit are The Big Chill, Yellow Brick Road Restaurant, Wok in the Clouds, Azam’s Mughlai, and Cafe Turtle.

4. Pandara Road

Restaurants on Pandara Road

Restaurants on Pandara Road (source)

Very close to India Gate, Pandara Road has some of the best food places in Delhi. This is a relatively expensive area, but has the best fine dining restaurants in the city.

We highly recommend Have More, Gulati, and Chicken Inn. If you are in the mood for Asian cuisine, head to Ichiban. If you are a vegetarian, make sure to check out Veg Gulati.

5. Jama Masjid

Street food at Jama Masjid

Street food at Jama Masjid (source)

Food in Delhi is incomplete without a visit to this area. If you eat meat and love street food, Jama Masjid area is the place to be!

Jama Masjid and the lane opposite, Bazaar Matia Mahal, have some of the best non-vegetarian street food in Delhi. From keema samosas to grilled boti to kebabs and jalebi, this area is a paradise for foodies.

6. Nizamuddin

Street Food at Nizamuddin

Street Food at Nizamuddin (source)

Another street for best food in Delhi, which you most certainly shouldn’t miss, is Nizamuddin. There are dozens of amazing eateries in this area and you will find delicious kebabs, sweets, and Mughlai delicacies.

All you meat-lovers out there should definitely try out Karim’s, Gulfam Kashmiri Wazwan, and Ghalib Kabab Corner.

7. South Campus

Cafe at South Campus

Cafe at South Campus (source)

If you are a college student or just someone on a tight budget, in search of some delicious food, South Campus is a great option, with a variety of awesome cafes.

The cafes here mostly serve shakes, fast food, American and Italian cuisines. Our favourites are Scooter on the Wall, Big Yellow Door, and QD’s. Check out one of these joints for some fantastic food.

8. Hudson Lane

 Restaurant at Hudson Lane

Restaurant at Hudson Lane (source)

Hudson Lane is very popular amongst foodies in Delhi as it houses some of the best cafes and restaurants. It is located in close proximity to North Campus.

Mostly serving Italian, Cafe, and Fast Food cuisine, these joints offer a budget friendly and lip-smacking culinary experience.

Make sure you check out Woodbox Cafe, Mad Monkey, Indus Flavours and Rico’s.

8 Coolest Cafes in Rajouri Garden With The Best of Food & Ambience!

Rajouri Garden is undoubtedly the Hauz Khas Village of the West Delhi. In fact, even better than that! Whether you are craving street food or looking for a spot to hang out with your friends, this neighbourhood has something for everyone! So, if you are in Delhi and you haven’t explored the area yet, then you must check out these 8 coolest cafes there.

1. Suroor Reloaded

The main USP of Suroor Reloaded is its interiors, and if you choose a place by its interiors then this place is the perfect amalgamation for you. If you are going with your BAE, make sure you sit in their cute seating area which has white curtains and romantic lighting. While you are downing those cocktails, dig into their Malai Chicken Tikka, Cheese Fries, Punjabi Paneer Tikka Pizza, Seafood Biryani and Bangkok Thai Green Vegetable Curry! And to end your day with a sweet note, you must order Blueberry Cheesecake or Green Apple Jalebi. 

Where: J 198, 2nd Floor, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

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2. Tippling Street

A glorious wooden bar and brick walls holding vintage-framed pictures, Tippling Street is a cool and funky cafe. Grab your friends, take a seat, relax and order their Peri Peri Chicken Supreme, Manchurian Pizza, Alfredo Pasta and Joojeh Kebab. If you have a sweet corner for chocolates, then you must try their Tiramisu and Nutella Dark Shake (Nutella, Brownie & Ice Cream). Make your reservations now only and scamper over with the gang!

Where: A-12, Vishal Enclave, Opposite Metro Pillar 408, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

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3. Ghar Bistro Cafe

Looking for a place after office to watch the IPL screening? Ghar Bistro Cafe has been buzzing with a lot of hype because of its cosy ambience. Their menu for once will make you laugh as their categories like ‘Aao Pyaas Bujhaayen’, ‘Chacha Jaan Ki Handi Se’ and ‘Ghar Ke Hotwells’. Be it their Red Bull Jab Udhne Ka Mann Ho or their Oreo Shake Hai Yaar, this is a place which won’t disappoint you at all. We highly recommend their Chilli Mushroom, Chilly Paneer Spring Onion Pizza, Cheese Pasta and Chicken Seekh- go try!

Where: J-198, 2nd Floor, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

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4. 3 Peg Cafe

A happening cafe in the town, 3 Peg Cafe is one of the favourite places to hang out with our besties. Did you know the cafe is named after Punjabi Singer Sharry Mann’s song 3 Peg? They have an amazing bar that serves the best mocktails, and of course, how can you miss their LIT ambience and great music choice. Hog on to their Chicken Shawarma, Stuffed Tandoori Mushroom, Chicken Lollipop, and Thai Cigar Roll. Oh yes! Don’t forget to order their Orange Mojito and Kiwi Mojito. 

Where: J-198, Near Metro Pillar 419, Opposite Kukreja Hospital, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

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5. Jazbaa

Jazbaa is the best rooftop cafe in Rajouri Garden. You can spend a lovely evening with your gang. If you and your gang love to dance, then move your feet on some music beats as they have a really big dance floor. They offer a variety of cuisines from North Indian to Italian to Chinese and even their momos are quite famous. You should definitely try their Chatore Aloo, Chicken Tikka Sausages on fries (quite drooling), Four Cheese Rocket Pizza, Chicken Tandoori Momos, and Chicken Loaded Nachos when here. How about ending the meal with a slice of Banoffee Pie? Yummy! 

Where: F-89, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

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6. Just Behind U

Just Behind U is the first themed cafe in West Delhi with spooky interiors, skulls hanging from the walls to sinister lighting. Spooky huh? With live music going on and the creepy ambience, you will surely have the time of your lives at Just Behind U. To treat your taste buds, try their Tandoori Twist Momos, Awesome Pasta Salad, Chicken Makhani Momos, BBQ veggies and Crispy Chicken Popcorns. And to compliment your meal you should order their Italian Smooch (Brown sugar, lime chunks, coke) & Muddy Boy Shake. 

Where: J 2/6A, BK Dutta Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

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7. The Blue Bean Cafe

The Blue Bean Cafe is a place for all those who always think of calories before ordering food. Sandwiches, Omelets, Rice Bowls, Pasta, Nachos, Homemade Special like Poha, Pancake, and Salads, name it and you will get it here. If you and your bestie are looking for something filling and at the same time a healthy option then you must head here. The cosy vibe and light music will enlighten your mood. We recommend you to try their Pancakes, Chickpea salad, and Cold Coffee.

Where: C 70, Major Sudesh Marg, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

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8. Grind House Cafe

Looking for a place to break free from a monotonous routine where you can binge on mouth-watering food and drinks too? Well, this place is for you! It offers you romantic and calm vibes and is a great place to hang out with your gang. They have got super comfy couches and pretty patches of artificial grass on the walls. And, defo check out the outdoor seating area too! And now, the most important part, the food. They serve delish Keema Fries, Soy Kebab, Paneer Tikka Pizza and the yummy Penne Pink Pasta. Oh, and they also have Pure Nutella shakes that we are sure you will love it! 

Where: 16, DDA Market, Rajouri Garden Extension, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

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So, we have tempted you already will so many options to look for. Is that true? Then start making plans with your gang and drop by ASAP!

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Best Restaurants in North Delhi and West Delhi

I have been a resident of North Delhi since birth. As I can recall during my school and college days (am talking mid to late 90s…am not that old!), there were few good restaurants one could go to. Many would remember good old ‘Nirulas’ on Bunglow street in Kamla Nagar or ‘Invitation’ in Ashok Vihar or ‘Richie Rich’ near Shalimar Bagh maybe. As the economic prosperity set in over decade of 2000, and Pitam Pura and Rohini took shape, a whole lot of good eating joints have mushroomed and made name for themselves in the North and West Delhi.
My desire to eat out and try new cuisines has led me to many of them at some point or the other. I am putting down a list of good restaurants in North Delhi and West Delhi for all the foodies who want to enjoy a good meal with their loved ones. I will try to keep adding and modifying this list, including deleting some restaurant’s names from it if their quality turns bad.
Look forward to hearing from fellow foodies with their comments on this list and suggestions on restaurants that may be missed out. Do write in at “editor@indianfoodfreak.com”
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Indian Cuisine

Mughlai: Mughlai Mahal (Outlets at DT Mall Shalimar Bagh and West Gate Mall Rajouri Garden)

North Indian: Not Just Paranthas (Opposite Vishal Cinema at Rajouri Garden), Privilege Punjab (HB Twin Tower complex, Pitam Pura), Punjabi by Nature (Lifestyle Mall at Rajouri Garden), The Yellow Chili (DT Mall, Shalimar Bagh), Pind Baluchi (Pitam Pura)

Gujarati: Rajdhaani (DT Mall, Shalimar Bagh)

South Indian: Sagar Ratna (Outlets at Ashok Vihar, Rajouri Garden and Gujrawala Town)

Indo-Oriental: Invitation, Bell Peppers and Pyramids (Ashok Vihar), Pik Wik (Pitam Pura and Ring Road mall, Rohini), Richie Rich (Wazirpur)

Food Court: West Gate Mall and Lifestyle Mall (Rajouri Garden)

Multicuisine: Bikanerwala (Shalimar Bagh), Haldiram (HB Twin Tower Pitam Pura and Moti Nagar main crossing), Comesum (Inderlok Metro station), Bengal Sweet Corner (Deep market- Ashok Vihar), Nice Moments (Pitam Pura)

Biryani:Deez Biryani (Rajouri Garden)Take Away: Aapki Rasoi (Ashok Vihar)
Non-Veg Specialty (including Tandoori): Kay’s (Deep market Ashok Vihar), Real chicken (Chicken market Ashok Vihar)

Global CuisinesChinese: Bercos (Kamla Nagar), Golden Dragon (West Gate Mall, Rajouri Garden)
Thai: Bercos (Bunglow Road at Kamla Nagar, Pitampura & Rohini)

Sizzlers: Gola Sizzlers (Gujrawala Town)

All Cuisines: Bellagio (Ashok Vihar)

Italian : ???
Alcohol/ Night Life

Restro Bar: Hotel Mohan and Nile Restaurant (Ashok Vihar)
Street Food

Paranthas: Punditji (Behind Pyramids restaurant, Ashok Vihar)Kulcha Chola: Roadside Vendor (Between 10 AM to 5 PM – opposite Ram Mandir in Pahse-I Ashok Vihar)
Gol Gappe / Chat: BTW (Pitampura), Shiv Chat Bhandar (Between 6 PM to 10 PM – opposite Ram Mandir in Phase-I Ashok Vihar)

Veg Barbeque (Tandoori): Wah ji Wah (Ashok Vihar-III)
Chole Bhature: Bille di Hatti and Chacha’s (Kamla Nagar)
Others

Bakery: Masters Bakers (Deep market Ashok Vihar), Standard Bakery (Opposite Police Station Ashok Vihar)
Raw Paneer: Kwality Dairy (Shop in F Block market in Ashok Vihar-1)

Top 5 places to eat in and around Delhi’s North Campus

Samosas are undoubtedly the best cure for the inevitable snack attack.Image courtesy: Saurabh Sharan

With yet another academic year rolling in, and a new batch of enthusiastic applicants arriving at Delhi University, it is befitting to write about a salvaging passion for university students everywhere, a lingering question, that is never answered for good – what to eat? Actually, the question holds good for anyone. Personally there is no dearth of situations where this thought doesn’t instinctively crop to the fore of my mind, making its nagging presence felt by way of the rumbling of my pitiable stomach.

Here are 5 delightful food joints in Delhi’s North Campus, ranging from the ones priced ever so slightly on the higher side, to the hole-in-the-wall paradises.

1. Our first stop is a quaint little kiosk just off of Riviera Apartments, near the Vishwavidyalaya metro station. Though unnamed, this stall has stood its ground for nearly 20 years. The owner, Rakeshji, opens the eatery as early as 6:30 am, with bread pakoras for starters, and then serves sumptuous aloo puri up till noon. Piping hot samosas are next on the menu, until the shop closes at 6 in the evening.
On many cool summer mornings, one finds regular customers sitting on the rickety wooden benches at this anonymous stall, exchanging headlines from the paper while sipping a hot cup of sweet chai, which is served all day.
Don’t miss: Aloo puri

Tomato rice at the South Indian Cafe.Image courtesy: Lauren Robinson

2. If you’re craving some crisp medu vadas, or uthappams, South Indian Cafe is a great option. Easily missed, this neatly tucked away cafe is just adjacent to Gwyer Hall nearly a decade old. It’s run by a middle aged man from Madurai, who insists I call him Anna. Though not so much a cafe, it is essentially a few wooden tables put together, with mouth-watering food that doesn’t tear a hole in your pocket. Anna’s kitchen also serves chicken biryani on Thursday nights, after 7.
Don’t miss: Tomato rice and egg rice

3. Next on the list is the Delhi School of Economics (D School) canteen. It was once Indian Coffee House, though, for nearly 22 years now, the kitchen is being managed by two employees of the erstwhile coffee house. Do look out for the mutton cutlet, mutton dosa and spring rolls to begin with.
Do also look out for Baba, and his eccentric humour. Crowned with his signature Gandhi topi, he’s always handing out preciously sardonic remarks, as digestives after a great meal.
Don’t miss: Egg curry rice and jelly with cream

4. Momo’s Point is one of the oldest food joints to have cropped up in Kamala Nagar. An alumnus of Hansraj College, owner Harsh often found himself in Chanakya, satiating his momo cravings. He finally decided to bring what was a novel delicacy in the 90s, closer home. The initial menu comprised of the steamed pork, chicken and vegetarian momos. But as time and people’s palettes evolved so did the vibrant menu, now consisting of fried momos, tandoori momos, honey chilli potatoes, etc. The ultimate validation for the food, undoubtedly, is the queue outside at any given time of day.
Don’t miss: Spicy chicken winglets and fried pork momos

Shagun offers tasty food that is also light on the pocket.Image courtesy: Lauren Robinson

5. Our last stop is Shagun, a South Asian restaurant in Hudson Line that has been around for 30 years. In the last few years they have been overwhelmed by competition from myriad other restaurants that have cropped up in the area, but the people at Shagun stress on retaining their originality.
The menu is a field day in Vietnam, Burma or Thailand, and the food is largely authentic. Popularly frequented by university students, the price range too is reasonable. The ambience is made complete by some dubious Oriental music, and dingy red lighting, throwing me back to nostalgic settings of Indian television shows of the 80s and 90s.
Don’t miss: Burmese curry and steamed momos