Easy & Healthy Chicken Do Pyaza | Murgh Do Pyaza Recipe

Chicken Do Pyaza or Murgh Do Pyaza is a mouth-watering dish. One of the most popular chicken delicacies! This spicy recipe has its unique tangy taste. The dominating presence of crunchy onions looks superb in this dish. The soft and tender chicken is very delicious. And its flavor remains in your memory for long.

Chicken Do Pyaza is also a very healthy recipe! Continue reading to know its numerous health advantages. Before coming to it, will you not like to to know the history and the secret behind its mysterious name?

History of Murgh Do Pyaza

This recipe originated in Iran and traveled to India with Muslim invaders. Dopiaza in Persian means”two onions”. Persian is the language of Iran. Murgh Do Pyaza is very popular among Muslims. Hyderabad a Muslim dominated area of India adopted this recipe and blended it to Indian taste. Like most Hydrabadi recipes sour agent is added to prepare Murgh Do Pyaza recipe.

As a sour agent, we blend onions with tomatoes or curd in it. The onions add sweetness. And the tomato or curd gives it a tangy taste. To manage the taste and make the gravy spicy, we use aromatic Indian spices. We give the final touch by tampering it. For tampering, we use onion cubes and green or red chili. Though I also add capsicum some time.

How to prepare mild yet delicious Chicken Do Pyaza for Kids

Adding capsicum in tempering improves the look of the recipe. You can use red, yellow or green capsicum as per your preference.

Using capsicum is completely optional. And it is not an integral part of the original Chicken Do Pyaza recipe. But I do it for my son who loves chili chicken very much! So he also loves capsicum in this recipe. I also add capsicum to it, because he does not like the spicy and hot taste of green and red chilies. So, capsicum help keeping this recipe mild in taste. If you do not want to add capsicum, then you can also balance the taste using Kashmiri red chili powder.

We prepare its delicious curry using the stewing technique. This recipe is a perfect blend of rich and thick gravy with lots of onions. The whole combination turns it into a stunning Mughlai recipe. Try this recipe today to enjoy with your family and loved ones.

Chicken Do Pyaza Recipe

The mystery of Do Pyaza Recipe

Many tales are popular about the mysterious name “Do Pyaza”. A variety of Do Pyaza recipes are popular like Bhindi Do Pyaza, Paneer Do Pyaza, Mutton Do Pyaza, and many more.

Those of you who are fond of Do Pyaza recipes should know, that the dish has some interesting saying for its mysterious name “Do Pyaza

A popular tale tells about an accidental Mughal flavor in it! It tells that it was first created by a courtier of the Mughal emperor – Akbar. This courtier named Mullah Do Piaza accidentally added a large number of onions to a dish. The dish created by him turned delish. Then it is named Do Piyaza recipe on his name. But no Mughal-Era records mention any courtier called Mulla-Do-Piyaza. So you consider it a mere tale.

A second perception says Do Pyaza means two onions. As two onions are in use to prepare this recipe. But I also suspect this second theory. Since it does not quantify the meat to go along with these two onions.

Another theory suggests that we call it “Do Pyaza” because 2 types of onions are in use. First, the spring onion and the other red onion.

And the final suggestion tells use onions 2 times. Firstly while preparing the gravy. Secondly, during tampering.

Tips for Chicken Do Pyaza Recipe

The last 2 techniques are also the most popular way to cook this recipe. So, I will also cook this Chicken Do Pyaza recipe blending these techniques. I will add onions 2 times. I will also use 2 different types of onions, to make it more delicious. For this, I will use red onion and spring onion in this recipe. Here are a few tips for you to make this recipe delicious.

How to replace spring onion

Now since spring onions or baby onions are available only from March through August. To prepare this recipe in another season – I will suggest you use the upper portion of red onion for chopping. And use the central portion of the bulb as replacement of spring onions or baby onions. The central portion of these onions are less mature and tastes similar to spring onions or baby onions.

Adding tangy Taste to Chicken Do Pyaza

This combination of onions turns this recipe into an exotic Mughlai dish. Everyone loves the sweetness that comes from these onions. The use of tomatoes or curd turns the gravy into a tangy and thick mixture! I have used curd to prepare this recipe. If you want you can also cook it with tomato puree. Using Indian spices this tangy thick gravy gets the ultimate fragrance and taste.

Quick Marination makes the Chicken tender

I preferably use curd to make Chicken Do Pyaza. The use of curd for quick marination of chicken makes the chicken very tender. As curd improves the marination process. Marination also deepens the flavor of chicken in this recipe. Though you can skip the marination process and use tomatoes during the preparation of the gravy. But I will always suggest to not skip this quick marination process. And why to skip, when it takes just 30 minutes!

The Final Touch

Tampering this recipe with onions turns it up into a top-notch. This also adds the visual presence of onion in this recipe. Crunchy onions on the top, also add a unique taste. You can also add lightly sauté, spring onion bulbs to garnish.

Not wasting much time let us begin the journey of cooking our popular Chicken Do Pyaza recipe.

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Chicken Do Pyaza

Chicken Do Pyaza is a little bit sweet, spicy and tangy appetizing dish. It has lots of onions. A thick and spicy Chicken preparation with double onion. A widespread and popular dish from Muslim cuisine. Here is an easy recipe to prepare Murgh Do Pyaza at home.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Marination Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hyderabadi
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Punam Paul


For Marinating Chicken

  • 1 kilogram of chicken (मुर्गे का माँस)
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste (लहसुन का पेस्ट)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste (अदरक का पेस्ट)
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin seed's powder (भुना हुआ जीरा पाउडर)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder (गरम मसाला पाउडर)
  • 2 teaspoon red chili powder (लाल मिर्च पाउडर)
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (कश्मीरी लाल मिर्च पाउडर)
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder (धनिया पाउडर)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर)
  • 3/4 cup whisked curd (फेटा हुआ दही)

for Chicken do Pyaza Gravy

  • 2 tablespoon clarified butter (घी) or oil
  • 1 piece chopped onion (कटा हुआ प्याज) large size
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste (लहसुन का पेस्ट)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste (अदरक का पेस्ट)
  • salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (कश्मीरी लाल मिर्च पाउडर)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर)
  • 4 tablespoon water (पानी)

Whole Garam Masala for Gravy

  • 2-3 pieces Indian bay leaf (तेज पत्ता)
  • 8-10 pieces of cloves (लौंग)
  • 5 pieces of green cardamom (छोटी इलायची)
  • 1 piece black cardamom (बड़ी इलायची)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (जीरा)
  • 8-10 pieces black pepper (काली मिर्च)

For Tampering

  • 2 tablespoon clarified butter (घी) or oil
  • 5 pieces dry whole red chilies (सूखी साबुत लाल मिर्च) broken into half
  • 8-10 pieces baby onion (छोटा प्याज) or bulb of red onion
  • 1/2 piece capsicum (शिमला मिर्च) optional, chopped into cubes


How to Make Chicken Do Pyaza Recipe

  • We start the chicken preparation by first marinating the chicken for 30 minutes.

How to marinate Chicken

  • Wash and Clean the chicken pieces. Remove any extra water in chicken pieces and make it dry.
  • Then add ginger-garlic paste, roasted cumin seeds powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt.
  • Finally, add 3/4 cup whisked curd. Mix well and rub the spices along with curd on all the chicken pieces.
  • To enjoy a relishing and deep taste, keep it aside for 30 minutes in the fridge. After 30 minutes we will start preparing our Chicken Do Pyaza Recipe.

How to prepare gravy for Chicken-Do-Pyaza Recipe.

  • In a kadhai, heat the ghee or oil whatever you are using, on medium flame. Now add the bay leaf and whole spices then add the ginger and garlic paste. Then add the chopped onions. Cook them till they are golden.
  • Make sure you do not burn the onions. The onions should be cooked very slowly to avoid caramelizing. Now add salt. Remember we have also added salt during marinating chicken, thus add accordingly. Adding salt at this stage helps to bring out moisture from onion thus makes them cook easily. Cook down to a paste and form a thick gravy.
  • Then, add turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chili powder. Cook till all the raw smell disappears and the oil separates from the paste. To protect spices from burning you can also add a little water at this point.
  • Now, it's time for the magic to happen, that your mouth has been craving for. When the oil separates from the spice mix add the marinated chicken pieces. Stir fry, until the curd is very well incorporated in the gravy. This should take 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir everything well. Cover the wok and let the chicken cook on low flame for 8-10 minutes. Check occasionally after every 2-3 minutes and stir well, so that the chicken should not stick at the bottom and your recipe gets burnt.
  • You might have noted that we have not added any water into this recipe till now. This is because the curd and chicken which have moisture will emit water and the chicken pieces will get cooked in this water itself.
  • After 8-10 minutes you will find lots of water in this recipe that got emitted out from chicken and curd. Now turn the flame to high, and cook it without covering the lid, stirring gently and continuously. We need to cook it till the water dries up and oil separates from the gravy. It will take around 3-4 minutes.
  • Don't forget the delicious curry you will be swiping off your fingers after eating. To maintain consistency (around 2 tablespoons), and salt if required. Cover it and turn the flame to low.

Tampering - Adding onions second time for preparing Chicken-Do-Pyaza Recipe

  • In a frying pan add 2 tablespoons of oil and put it over a high flame. When the oil becomes hot then turn the flame to medium and add whole red chilies broken into half. Fry a little.
  • Now add the spring onions. If you want to use then also add capsicum chopped into cubes. Cook and fry them a little on low flame for 3-4 minutes. Don't forget to stir it occasionally.
  • Now transfer this mixture over the chicken getting cooked on another pan. Add a pinch of garam masala powder. Mix well. Cover the pan and cook a little for a minute.
  • After a minute close the heat. Let the chicken rest for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Your hot, spicy, sweet and sour Chicken Do Pyaza is ready to serve.
  • Serve hot with chapati.

As this recipe has lots of onions in it. Here are some benefits of onion that I must share with you.

Health Benefits of Extra onion in this recipe

As we prepare Chicken Do Pyaza recipe with plenty of onions. Onions have numerous medicinal properties.

Since ancient times onions are in use to treat headaches, heart disease, and mouth sores.

Onion is rich in B vitamins, folate (B9) and pyridoxine (B6). These vitamins play key roles in growth, red blood cell production, and nerve function. Onions are also a good source of potassium.

Onions also have compounds that fight inflammation. Decreases triglycerides. Also reduces cholesterol level. Their potential inflammation-reducing properties help to reduce high blood pressure. Onions also protect from forming blood clots. In India people also applying a paste of onion and turmeric over inflammation as a home remedy.

Onions are an excellent source of antioxidants.  That can prevent or slow damage to cells, caused by free radicals. They contain over 25 different varieties of flavonoids in them.  Flavonoids are naturally occurring plant pigments. These flavonoids reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and stroke.

Onions can fight potentially dangerous bacteria, such as:

Escherichia coli (E. coli) & Pseudomonas Aeruginosa bacteria that cause urinary tract infection.
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria that cause pneumonia, heart valve infections, and bone infections.
And Bacillus cereus – bacteria that cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Thus, you can understand the health benefits of onion in this recipe. Chicken Do Pyaza recipe is very good for non-vegetarian lovers. As the chicken itself contains less saturated fat than Red Meat. Please do not forget to check my onion-rich MOONG DAAL RECIPE, ARHAR DAAL RECIPE, if you are vegetarian protein lovers.

After coming up with the benefits of onion. You can very well understand that this Chicken Do Pyaza recipe is delicious as well as healthy.

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