Vegan Butter Chicken Sandwich

Butter Chicken is a very well known and well loved recipe all over the world. The recipe that I have given here is a very simple one. There are many elaborate recipes for this dish and the most celebrated one was aired on Masterchef Australia a few years ago, by celebrity chef Saransh Goila. 

The vegan chicken is jackfruit. I bought a pack of dehydrated jackfruit from Amazon. They just need to be soaked in water for 30 minutes and you have fresh jackfruit! To my surprise, they were very good. it’s great for making savoury jackfruit recipes. I haven’t yet tried anything sweet with them.

I marinated the jackfruit for about 4 hours. The end result was quite surprising and satisfactory – The texture was very close to actual chicken. I loved the flavour – creamy and delicious. This is definitely something I would make again. You can buy tinned jackfruit as well and drain it before using.

I used ordinary burger buns but you can use anything you want – brioche buns, croissants, etc. And you can assemble it the way you like. I just used some lettuce and onion rings, as it’s quite rich. If you feel that the butter is too much, you can reduce it according to your taste. I hope you like it.

PREP:  30 minutes  COOK TIME:  30 minutes  TOTAL TIME:  5 hours

Ingredients

Marinade:

500 gms jackfruit pieces

1 tsp lemon juice/vinegar

3/4 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

3/4 tsp garam masala

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

For the gravy:

2 onions, grated

100 gms butter

1 cup tomato puree

2 tbsp cashew butter

1 tsp garam masala powder

3/4 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp sugar

3 tbsp fresh cream

1 tbsp tomato sauce

Salt to taste

Lettuce and onion rings to garnish

Instructions

Mix the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and drop the jackfruit into it. Mix well and refrigerate for four hours. Remove the jackfruit from the marinade and bake it in a moderate oven until it becomes golden brown. You can also use a pan for browning it. Heat a little butter and fry the jackfruit until they are golden brown.

Heat a pan and melt the butter in it. Add the onions, salt and red chilli powder and cook for a few minutes. Add the remaining marinade and cook until it is dry. Add the jackfruit and tomato puree and a cup of water and cook covered on a low flame for about 15 minutes, until the jackfruit is tender. You can add more water if necessary, but it should be thick enough to make a sandwich. Add the tomato sauce, garam masala, cashew butter and fresh cream and mix well. Remove from the heat. Spoon on to toasted burger buns and assemble the sandwich.