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Jan 25, 2011 05:18 PM

Best place for Indian Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)?

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

    5608 Mission Center Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

    4 Replies
    1. re: daantaat

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

      1. re: Pentagarn

        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

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

        1. re: lyn

          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

      3. 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.