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August 4, 2005

Introducing DoPiyaza

DoPiyaza is meat cooked in ghee (clarified butter) with twice the quantity of onions. The naming of this new category on DishumDishum was inspired by a certain sarcastic newspaper. I can only but hope the entries thus filed are twice as good!

Before we begin, let me share with you the origins of the dopiyaza dish. From the Calcutta Cook Book:

The story goes that Mullah Do Piyaza was one of the nine jewels of Akbar's court. He was a gourmet and a gourmand and no mean cook to boot. The dish dopiaza is an example of his culinary ingenuity.

The Mullah's home was open house and by dinnertime the guests were well over the list. To keep the party going, the Mullah would clap his hands from time to time indicating to the kitchen that more onions should be added to the meat curry. And thus did Mullah Do Piyaza accidentally discover that the proportion of double the quantity of onions to meat was quite the best. And so was created the Dopiyaza (Do - 2, piyaza - onions).

Looks like the good Mullah was quite the party animal. For vegetarians, surely tofu or paneer would make a really yummy substitute. Anyway, bon apetit!

Posted by Soam Acharya at August 4, 2005 9:23 PM