Butter Chicken, which is also called Murgh Makhani in Hindi, is without question the most popular dish to emerge from India; it may even be one of the most popular dishes in the world. Every Indian restaurant worth its salt will pride itself on serving the best butter chicken in the world. No surprise then that if you are just going to an Indian restaurant for the first time, your friends will likely recommend it as a starting place. Its mildly spicy, creamy, savoury flavour makes it more than just delicious, but accessible to almost every palate.

Butter chicken originated in Delhi, the capital territory of India, sometime during the 1950s. During this time, a man named Kundan Lal Gurjal operated a restaurant in the city, called Moti Mahal. Kundan had settled here and started his business after fleeing from political upheaval in another region of India. Moti Mahal was a success, serving many delightful tandoori dishes (a tandoor is a circular clay oven, and can be found in any Indian restaurant worth its salt).

So the story goes, the cooks of Moti Mahal would mix leftover marinade juices with butter and tomato, and then stew the tandoor-cooked chicken in it. It’s unlikely that they had even the faintest idea of what they had stumbled upon – that is, an internationally-loved delicacy. But it is an irrefutable truth of the world that often the best things in life are discovered quite by accident.

It wasn’t long before butter chicken proliferated throughout the world, to be enjoyed by people from every walk of life.

What gives the dish its distinctive flavour is its unique blend of spices, perfected over time.

At Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen, we do Butter Chicken in our own innovative Bohra style of slow cooking. The chicken is marinated overnight in a mix of authentic spices that we exclusively import from India.  Then it’s cooked tandoori-style and instead of chunks of chicken which is a universal practice, we shred the chicken so that our original spices soak in deep into the meat to offer you an amazing flavor. Then it is cooked slow dum-pukht style over coal in a mild curry sauce rich with butter and cream in which it simmers for a few hours.

The result? A dish that is a sensation in Kathmandu for last 16 years. But don’t take our word for it – after all, tasting is believing!

To enjoy best butter chicken in Kathmandu book your table at Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen call +977 9801121212