Chicken Dopiaza

Sep 08, 2007 by 2501 | 1 Comments| Share it:   



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This weekend we cooked Chicken Dopiaza and photographed the proceedings for you.

Dopiaza is a dish from Bengal (which is beautiful). The name Dopiaza is from the Hindi for two, do, and onions, piaz. Now then, the name Dopiaza does not have to refer to this dish. I have heard it used to describe different dishes where onions are either used a lot, or where onions are used in different ways during the cooking process. This recipe is of the later form, but that does not imply that your favorite Dopiaza is somehow inferior or fake if it is not prepared like this one.

Having said that, I love this version of Dopiaza.


  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: 30 mins. - 1 hr.
  • Serves: 4

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  • 3 tsp Chili powder - freshly made - use whatever type and amount you want. I don't want to coerce you into eating a curry that is too hot for you.
  • 2 bay leaves fresh or dried.
  • A couple of inches of cinnamon stick
  • 3 red chillies Get the thin ones like birds-eye if you can, we used 3 chunky ones.
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric - you never need much of this; be careful as it will stain (it was used as a dye, and probably still is).
  • 1 tsp cloves - that's about 10-12 of them.
  • 1 tsp peppercorns these will remain whole so feel free to grind them up if you don't want to risk biting into one and getting a spice surprise, yum.
  • 6 cardamoms
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 6 big cloves garlic - more if you've got small ones.
  • 2 tablespoons garlic puree
  • 1 lb chicken breast or a whole chicken weighing a bit more. - This dish can be prepared with chucks of chicken breast or a whole chicken cut up in the normal way. We prefer chicken breast, but each to their own.
  • 1/2 cup (that's about 125ml) full-fat plain yogurt
  • Sunflower oil or ghee
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 8-10 small potatoes - or larger ones chopped into roughly 2" square chunks
  • A small bag of shallots or baby onions. Use as many as you like.
  • 2-3 medium onions - to be grated or food processed.
  • 1 tsp sugar

Step 1

Make a paste of your chili powder with a little water. Set the oven to about 160C (320 Fahrenheit). Grate/process the 2-3 medium onions and then squeeze the juice out with a cheesecloth or some such. Get rid of the pulp and save the juice. You should have 1/3-1/2 cup of juice (yes, we made too much).


Step 2

Peel the potatoes and chop them up, or just scrape them if you are using new (baby) potatoes. Then you must part-boil them - just bring them to the boil from cold water and leave them bubbling for a minute. Drain and put them to one side. Meanwhile, peel the shallots and start them off cooking in a couple of tablespoons of oil. When they look like the photo, remove them with a slotted spoon and put to one side.


Step 3

Now fry the chili paste and fry over a medium heat for a few minutes. This will improve flavor and prevent indigestion later on. Stir constantly, as you do not want the paste to stick or burn. Add the garlic and bay leaves and continue to fry for a couple of minutes. Watch the garlic. We don't want it to burn or crisp. So vary the heat as needs be. Now add the whole red chillies, turmeric powder, cardamom, cloves and the cinnamon stick.


Step 4

Stir round about ten or so times, then add the ginger puree and continue to stir for 2 more minutes. Note: watch out for the ginger puree - it has a high water content and will spit when added to hot oil! OK, now add the butter, chicken, yogurt, sugar, potatoes and tomatoes. Mix well and cook for about 5 minutes.


Step 5

Add the garam masala, onion juice and the shallots and mix. Transfer to an oven dish (we cooked in an oven dish from the start) and cook in the oven for about 30-45 minutes, depending on how long it takes to get the potatoes cooked through. If it dries out too much than just add a bit of boiling water.


Step 6

Serve with boiled rice, yogurt and a nice white wine that's a touch on the sweet side and very, very cold. I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as we do. Final note: I guess I better say, don't eat the whole cardamoms or cinnamon stick!

Now that you have learned how to make chicken dopiaza, please be sure to view these other chicken recipes. Also, you will love these Indian recipes.


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user does not have an avatar Madhuleeka Subudhi

Aug 02, 2011

A yummy and spicy recipe.

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