Chicken and paneer together in a flavorful curry, it gotta be delicious…
Dopiaza means two onions (do means 2 and piaza means onion), this is a popular North Indian curry based dish made with either chicken, paneer, mutton, lamb etc. Vegetarians enjoy this with paneer and non-veggies with meat. While preparing this dish, onions are added in two stages, hence the name dopiaza.
There are so many different versions of dopiaza, I tried this version and it was absolutely delicious.
Recipe adopted from Vahchef
After adding red pepper/tomato paste
After adding chicken and paneer
- Red pepper, chopped-1
- Tomato- 1, large
- Chicken, diced- 2 boneless breasts (season with salt and ground pepper)
- Paneer, cubed- 15 cubes
- Oil- 2 tbsp
- Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
- Onions, chopped very small- 1 large (red or yellow onion)
- Ginger-garlic paste- ½ tbsp
- Green chilies- 2, chopped
- Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
- Chili powder- 1 tsp
- Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
- Onion, cubed- 1 large
- Fenugreek leaves, dried- 1 tsp
- Cashew nuts, coarsely ground- 2 tbsp
- Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
- Salt- to taste
- In a blender, grind red pepper and tomato to a smooth paste, keep aside.
- Season the diced chicken with salt and ground pepper, cook covered in a saucepan till it is cooked well. Keep aside.
- Roast the paneer cubes in 1 tbsp oil till it turns golden in color. Keep aside.
- Place a wok or large pan over medium heat, add oil.
- Add cumin seeds, saute for a second.
- Add chopped onions, and a few pinches of salt, saute till translucent.
- Add ginger-garlic paste and green chilies, saute till onions turn light golden in color.
- Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder to the onions, saute for a minute.
- Add a few tablespoons of water as the mixture gets dry, combine well.
- Add the ground red pepper/tomato paste, combine well and cook for a few minutes till the raw smell of it goes away.
- Add some more water to thin down the gravy.
- Taste and add more salt and chili powder if needed.
- Add the cubed onions (don't chop the onions, instead make big cubes) to the gravy, combine well and cook for a minute. Onions shouldn't be cooked thoroughly, it should stay crisp.
- Add dried fenugreek leaves, combine well.
- Now, add the cooked chicken and paneer to the gravy, combine to the gravy and cook for a few minutes.
- Finally, add the ground cashew nuts and cilantro, combine well. Cook for a couple of minutes.
- The gravy will start to thicken.
- Remove the pan from the heat, keep covered for sometime.
- This curry can be served with naan, chapati, poori etc.
Vegetarians can make with just paneer or along with other vegetables like peas.