Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pearl onion recipes

Pearl onion recipe includes chicken that is why it is known as "chicken Dopiaza". Dopiaza is a hindi word that means two times of onion. In this recipe, onions are used twice in the curry. The people of eastern India originated this dish but gradually it became popular throughout the country.

The recipe contains herbs and spices of India that make it reliable for your health. Chicken and yogurt are the two high calorie ingredients of this recipe. Instead of junk or restaurant cooked food, you should go for home made recipes that are healthy and saves you from various body disorders.

You should not be confused to see the long list of ingredient because all the things are available in your kitchen.
  • Chicken skinned [I thigh]
  • Onions [3 medium sized]
  • Fresh lemon juice [1 tablespoon]
  • Red chillies [2 dry]
  • Tomatoes [1 cup chopped]
  • Red pearl onions [Half cup]
  • Canola /mustard/olive oil [5 tablespoon]
  • Garlic [2 fat cloves]
  • Mint [4 fresh leaves]
  • Ginger [1″fresh shoot]
  • Salt [according to taste]
  • Sugar [quarter teaspoon]
  • Greek yogurt [half cup plain]
  • Chopped cilantro [for garnish]
Uncut Spices
  • Cloves [6]
  • Cinnamon stick [1]
  • Black peppercorns [8-10]
  • Bay leaves [2]
  • Green cardamom pods [4 cracked open]
Desiccated Ground spices
  • Coriander powder [2 teaspoon dry]
  • Turmeric powder [2 teaspoon]
  • Garam Masala to peppering [optional]
  • Red chilli powder [1 tablespoon]
Preparation before cooking
  • Take half cup of water and soak the dry chillies in it for 12-15 minutes.
  • Grind these soaked chillies with pestle and mortar.
  • Apply 1 teaspoon of salt, red chilli paste and lemon juice on chicken pieces. Leave it for 30-35 minutes for marinating.
  • Take medium sized onion and peel them.
  • Lattice one medium onion, take out its juice and trash its pulp. Store its juice and chop the other two onions.
  • Now grind the garlic cloves, mint leaves and ginger shoot. Add their paste and onion juice into beaten yogurt.
  • Pour oil into heavy bottom pan and heat it. Reduce the flame when it starts giving smoke then after one minute put pearl onions into heated oil. Sauté pearl onions for 3 minutes and trench on paper towel.
  • Add chopped onions with all the spices mentioned in ingredients in the same pan into remaining oil. Fry for 8 minutes till the entire masala turns brown.
  • Add red chilli, coriander powder, turmeric and chopped tomatoes. Cook it until tomatoes soften and the sauce leaves the oil. Then, add marinade, marinated chicken, sugar and yogurt and mix all the things together. Check the salt and add more if required.
  • Cover the pot and let your pearl onion dish cook for 20 minutes on low flame.
  • After 20 minutes your pearl onion dish will be ready and you can garnish it with cilantro. Server it with flatbread or rice.
Meat option It is not necessary to use only chicken meat; you can also make the curry with beef, mutton or lamb. But you will have to adjust the timing according to the type of meat.

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