Easy chicken dopiaza

    45 min

    This isn't typical curry house fare - I learnt this recipe from an Indian lady who used to cook for her entire family. Dopiaza means 'two onions', which you'll find in this simple but delicious recipe. You can also use lamb instead of chicken.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
    • 2 large onions, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon minced root ginger
    • 5 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped
    • 500g (1 1/4 lb) cubed chicken breast meat

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cumin seeds and cook until they start to pop, 20 to 45 seconds. Stir in onion and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Season with turmeric, cayenne, garam masala, garlic and ginger. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant.
    2. Purée the mixture with the tomatoes in a blender until smooth. Return the purée to the saucepan and add the chicken. Simmer gently until the chicken has cooked, about 20 minutes; add water as needed while cooking to maintain desired consistency.

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    Something else. Try adding fried quartered onions to give you the second of the " two onions " , one pureed , one fried .  -  27 Jan 2009


    wanted an easy to cook curry for my kids to make, for the whole family. so many curry recipies involve a hundred spices and much preparation. This seemed easy enough. Got to say, it exceeded my expectations. Really was delicious. Two points though: 1. I would reduce the cayenne pepper next time - it came out as a "medium" curry house kind of heat, which was a litte much for our youngest kid (9). 2. I would take the suggestion of another here and set some fried onion to one side, and add later, to give some variety of texture. but that said, it was great, and I look forward to using this as a base to add other bits to.  -  16 Dec 2012


    This is very best dupiazi recipe,it's now my basic favourite,you can tweak it with mustard seeds,spinach,chillies etc...super! I add large chunks of well cooked onions,just before serving,and sometimes tomatoes as well...  -  08 Jan 2013