Afghan Dopiaza Meat Stew with Onions

written by Mirriam Seddiq
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Afghan Dopiaza is a meat dish close to the hearts of all Afghans. It is my favorite Afghan meat dish. My mom will always use lamb when she can, but this can be made with beef or goat.

picture of Afghan Dopiaza

Dopiaza means Onions Two Ways

The signature flavor of this dish is the onions. Fatty unctuous meat is critical, but the onions make the dish. It is called onions two ways because you saute the onions and put them in the meat as it cooks, and later, you add a quick-pickled onion to the dish.

This combination of onion flavors makes for a genuinely unique Afghan experience!

Want to try something fascinating? Make my Afghan bolani pizza recipe!

Make Your Dopiaza an Instant Pot Recipe

Afghans love pressure cookers. We need them because we use all cuts of meat, even tougher ones. The only way you can get the delicious flavor from these cuts of meat, and cuts of meat with bones in them, is to pressure cook.

Many Americans are afraid of pressure cooking but don’t be—the latest Instant Pot Duo Plus. (If you buy with this link, I get a small commission) This is the pressure cooker I use in the video, and I highly recommend it as your first pressure cooker.

Mirriam using her Instant Pot to make Dopiaza

The Duo Plus has many new safeguards to put you at ease. If you want a lot of flavors but don’t have all day, you must have a pressure cooker in your kitchen.

I have some other Afghan Instant Pot recipes here, here, and here.

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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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