The Homesick North Indian's Guide To Awesome Butter Chicken In Chennai

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Craving some creamy, wholesome butter chicken, especially if you call North India home? It really is the cure to anything, no? This week we picked some of Chennai’s best places to cure your butter chicken cravings!

Babal Da Punjabi

A dhaba for yummy butter chicken, Babal Da Punjabi serves it the traditional way. Check out their Amritsari-style kulchas, totally worth it. Their butter chicken is soft and creamy, one of the most recommended in the city.

Apart from digging into their makhanis, we recommend you also check out their desserts. Their rabri is exactly what you need, if you’re missing Chandni Chowk. Yes, a taste of Delhi is in store at this restaurant. Also, Babal Da Punjabi is also known for its old-school interiors, filled with yesteryear actors’ posters and plenty of old Hindi songs playing in the background.

Sher E Punjab

Another popular place for mouth-watering butter chicken starting at INR 130, you can have a half or full portion. The full portion is really filling, we had to parcel a bit back home!

The first mouth instantly took us back to dhabas from Gurgaon sectors and even Delhi’s small lanes. It’s not too spicy or sweet, has the perfect amount of masala and the chicken chunks are super soft. No doubt their Paneer Butter Masala is just as good too, in case North Indian vegetarians are feeling homesick as well. Plus, their sweet lassi is the perfect meal companion. Especially to beat the heat!

Delhi Dhaba

This place on ECR is known for its typical dhaba-like setup filled with huts around, is definitely a place you can hit too, when on the quest for some masaledar chicken. They serve plenty of naan and roti baskets to go with the yummy curry. Apart from the butter chicken, you could go meatier with their non-veg platter too. It includes some tandoori fish and appetizing kebabs.

Moti Mahal Delux, Anna Nagar

Ask anyone in Chennai, where to head for the best butter chicken and this would be on the top of their list. A North Indian cuisine lover’s favourite spot, the place offers finger-licking good butter chicken and the ambiance is that of a palace {maybe not as luxurious but still pretty nice}. They also serve some interesting kebabs – from malai to reshmi– so take your pick.


Last but definitely not the least, Paramount known for good quality Chinese food and also biryani, is quite a find for Butter Chicken as well. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option that’s truly desi, then this is the place to be. Ideal for a takeaway, Paramount in Kilpauk serves up some hot and tangy range of soups too.