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Best place for Indian Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)?

nmrios Jan 25, 2011 05:18 PM

Ok, I know this might sound a bit pathetic, but I bought the Tandoori Style Butter Chicken at Trader Joe's and am now obsessed with it. I would love to have it at an authentic Indian restaurant. Any recommendations? I live in Chula Vista, but don't mind traveling a bit.


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    lyn Jan 26, 2011 02:03 PM

    I also love butter chicken but being on a budget, I cannot fulfill all my cravings all the time at restaurants. North Park Produce sells Shan's seasonings, and they have a butter chicken seasoning mix ($1.19), which is excellent. Make sure and follow the recipe, although the amount of butter/ghee in it makes my heart hurt.

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      daantaat Jan 25, 2011 05:23 PM

      punjabi Tandoor on Activity Rd off Black Mtn Rd is your closest and best bet.

      5608 Mission Center Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

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      1. re: daantaat
        Pentagarn Jan 26, 2011 01:58 PM

        Second this. Theirs is the best I've had in San Diego. The family that runs the place is usually quite friendly, too.

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          Megbeck Jan 26, 2011 05:15 PM

          Third on Punjabi Tandoor. We go there all the time and my boyfriend always gets the Chicken Makhani.

          Punjabi Tandoor
          9235 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA

        2. re: daantaat
          lyn Jan 26, 2011 06:29 PM

          that menu looks tasty and VERY reasonable. Any other recommendations?

          1. re: lyn
            daantaat Jan 26, 2011 07:03 PM

            egg bhaji
            lamb biriyani
            any of the parathas or naans
            bhindi masala
            Kadai chicken

            Punjabi Tandoor has very limited seating inside and several picnic tables outside. They also do to-go orders.

            Punjabi Tandoor
            9235 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA

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