Citizens, there are few recipes that have achieved greater acclaim in the San Francisco Bay Area than Amber India restaurant’s Butter Chicken!
As noted on recipelink.com:
Those who claim that all Indian food tastes alike–and in many restaurants that’s a legitimate complaint–need only to taste the Butter Chicken at Amber India in Mountain View. Little wonder it’s the best-selling dish at the restaurant. The sauce is an amazing amalgamation of tastes and textures. Lemon, garlic, ginger, coriander, and cumin mixed with sweet spices add to the flavor, while the tomatoes, balanced with butter, cream, and brown sugar, smooth it all out.
Marinating the chicken in yogurt and spices before cooking adds flavor and tenderizes the meat. The chicken is then roasted on the bone. Once the chicken has been cooled, the meat is removed from the bone and simmered with the sauce. The finished dish is best accompanied by steamed rice to sop up all the aromatic juices.
While many Indian dishes are spicy and aromatic, the key to this dish is its delicacy and balance. The recipe has been perfected by Vijay Bist, who graduated from a culinary institute in New Delhi before going into hotel management in India, Switzerland, and France. When he came to San Francisco he completed an MBA at San Francisco State University.
Bist’s passion for Indian cooking led him to opening the restaurant in 1995, featuring recipes mainly from North India.
Located in a strip shopping center, the restaurant looks plain from the outside, but once inside you’re surrounded by the flavors of India, from the seductive smells floating from the kitchen to the authentic art work on the walls.
The recipe for this delectable treat has been recounted several times, but each version is different than the original one posted nearly 20 years ago before Amber India became a go-to spot for Bay Area Indian. It was published in a small local paper that I have dug up and this recipe is indeed the original – I’ve eaten it dozens of times at their main restaurant in Mountain View, CA!
From my blog to your table – enjoy, my Citizens! 🙂
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Amber India’s Butter Chicken
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