Lamb Dopiaza
Lamb Dopiaza
Lamb Dopiaza

Lamb Dopiaza


May 16, 2023

Recipe Provided By "Nik Sharma"

Courtesy of American Lamb Board


2 lbs Large or extra-large onions, (Dice 1 ¾ quantity of the onions and the remaining ¼ slice thinly into rings. Reserve the onion rings for the garnish).

1/4 cup Ghee, extra-virgin olive oil, or neutral oil such as grapeseed

2 lbs Boneless shoulder of American lamb, (excess fat trimmed and discarded, cut into 2 inch/5 cm cubes)

10 cloves Garlic (grated)

3 tbsp Fresh ginger, (peeled and grated)

1 tsp Crushed coriander seeds

1/2 tsp Ground green cardamom

1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp Ground cloves

1 tsp Ground Kashmiri chili powder or (¾ teaspoon smoked sweet paprika plus 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne)

1 cups Water

Fine sea salt

2 Scallions, (optional) (thinly sliced), (both the white and green parts)

Cilantro (for garnish)

10-15 Threads Saffron (optional) (for garnish)


1Heat the ghee in a medium saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat (a stockpot will also work). Add the 3/4 quantity of the diced onions, cover with a lid, and cook until they turn golden brown. Stir occasionally to prevent burning, if they start to stick, reduce the heat and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water. The amount of time taken for the onions to brown will vary considerably. Don’t worry about getting the onions too dark, they will continue to cook and turn brown as the dish cooks.

2Add the lamb and continue to sauté until it turns brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and chili powder and sauté until fragrant, 30 to 45 seconds. Add the water, the remaining 1/4 quantity of the diced onions, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, loosely cover with a lid and cook until the lamb is completely tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The onions should transform into a very thick sauce. If it is too runny, simmer uncovered until the liquid reduces in volume, stir often to avoid burning. Taste and season with salt.

3Garnish with the onion rings and cilantro and serve hot or warm with plain rice or flatbread such as roti, naan, or paratha.

Optional Garnish:

1Steep 10 to 15 threads of saffron, 2 tablespoons boiling water and pour this over the dish when ready to serve.


1The USDA recommends that lamb reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F with a 3-minute rest.