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Chicken Dopiaza (Chicken in a fried Onion Sauce)


This is not called chicken dopiaza by M. Jaffrey. But last night I was at my favorite Indian restaurant here and I asked the owner what chicken dopiaza was and he told me it was this.













Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


2 ½ pounds chicken
4 medium onions
1 ½ inch ginger
peeled and finely chopped
6 cloves garlic
peeled and minced
7 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoon yogurt, plain
2 ½ cups water
2 medium tomatoes
peeled and very finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoons garam masala
1 tablespoon cilantro
fresh and finely chopped


Cut chicken into serving pieces. Whole legs should be separated into drumsticks and thighs. Whole breasts should be cut into 4 to 6 pieces, depending on their size. Remove the skin from all the chicken pieces.

Chop half of the onions coarsely. Cut the remaining onions into halves lengthwise, and then crosswise into very thin slices. [This is the key step!].

Put CHOPPED onions, ginger, and garlic into a food processor and blend to a paste. Heat oil in a large, wide pot or deep-frying pan (nonstick) over a medium flame. When hot, put in the SLICED onions and stir fry them until they are deep, reddish-brown. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon, squeezing out and leaving behind as much oil as possible. Set aside.

Remove pot/pan from flame. Carefully blend teh mixture in a food processor. Watch out it's hot and could burn.

Place mixture back into the pot and cook over medium high heat. Stir and fry the paste until it is brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the coriander, cumin, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Stir just a bit until just blended. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Stir about 30 seconds or until yogurt is incorporated into sauce.

Do the same with remaining yogurt, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Add the chicken pieces and stir them around for a minute.

Pour in water, add the tomatoes and salt. Stir to mix and bring to simmer. Cover, turn heat to low and cook 20 minutes.

Sprinkle in the garam masala and the fried onions. Mix.

Cook, uncovered, on medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens.

Skim off the fat and put the chicken in a warm serving dish. Sprinkle the green cilantro over the top.

This is not called chicken dopiaza by M. Jaffrey. But last night I was at my favorite Indian restaurant here and I asked the owner what chicken dopiaza was and he told me it was this.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 661g (23.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 83249% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 255mg 85%
Sodium 1449mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 14%
Sugars g
Protein 171g
Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 14% Iron 30%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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