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The story of Butter Chicken and a Chicken Masala recipe to relish!

Made by chance in old Delhi, Butter Chicken is loved by people across the world. While it has many variants in India and globally, the classic Moti Mahal recipe is still the most celebrated. Finding its flavour origins through leftover tandoori chicken on a fine day in the 1950s, the recipe appeared about two decades later. 

The delicacy is essentially made from a rich, spiced tomato gravy and butter. When chicken that is marinated for hours finds itself in and out of the tandoor, it meets a creamy, flavourful sauce and makes for a delightful sight, on and off the palate. 

Chicken facts, recipes and more chicken masala!

Additionally, let’s throw in some facts about chicken that you may or may not know. They outnumber human beings with a global population of more than 25 billion. Also, the most domesticated fowl can remember over a hundred faces of people and animals. 

After stories and facts, let’s head over to a unique recipe of a chicken delicacy all the way from New Zealand.

Hangi Chicken!
hangi chicken preparation

Hangi is a traditional Maori method of cooking that involves using heated rocks buried in an earth oven. This cooking technique infuses the chicken with a distinct smoky flavour while keeping it incredibly tender and juicy. Here’s how you can prepare Hangi Chicken:

Start by marinating the chicken in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and a splash of lemon juice. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least an hour, preferably overnight, to absorb the flavours.

Next, prepare the hangi pit by digging a hole in the ground and lining it with hot rocks. Place a wire mesh over the rocks to create a cooking surface.

Lay the marinated chicken pieces on the wire mesh, ensuring they are evenly spaced. Cover the pit with wet burlap sacks and then bury it with soil, creating a sealed cooking environment.

Allow the chicken to cook for about two to three hours, depending on the size of the chicken pieces and the heat of the rocks. The chicken will slowly cook in its own juices and the steam created within the hangi pit.

After the cooking time has elapsed, carefully unearth the hangi pit and remove the burlap sacks. Retrieve the beautifully cooked Hangi Chicken, which will have a lovely golden colour and an enticing aroma.

Serve the Hangi Chicken with traditional Maori side dishes such as steamed vegetables, kumara (sweet potatoes), and rewana bread (a Maori fermented bread).

So, we’re hoping that you’ll try the Hangi Chicken and tell us your experience. Authentic or a desi twist, it’s your call. 

If you loved this recipe, we’ll take you around the country and the world, through interesting, unique and delicious recipes and food stories. We’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe tour. 

For more, you know what to do. Enjoy cooking with flavourful Sparsh Masala delicacies

We wish you great meals, all day, everyday.

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