Dopiazeh Aloo is a flavorful and mildly spicy potato curry from Southern Iran. A versatile and satisfying vegetarian side dish, this potato curry recipe goes well with a variety of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean mains. 

dopiazeh aloo perisan potato curry in a serving bowl with a spoon next to a blue cloth napkin and a small bowl with chopped cilantro.
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This potato curry is oniony, super aromatic, and comforting. Like Persian-style rice or barbari bread, it’s typically served as a side dish to meat. But you can also serve it with a fresh salad, like a simple Shirazi salad, for a vegetarian meal.

I love this potato curry recipe as a nice change to the usual side dish. It’s a great weekday addition to your family’s meals! With fresh aromatics like ginger and garlic and fragrant warming spices, I am certain this boldly flavored, colorful, and easy recipe will be on the regular rotation in your home. 

Table of Contents
  1. What are Dopiazeh Dishes?
  2. Ingredients for this Potato Curry Recipe
  3. How to Make this Persian-Style Curry Recipe 
    1. Prep the Vegetables
    2. Stew and Serve
  4. Storage, Reheating, and Ways to Mix it Up
  5. What to Serve with Potato Curry
  6. You'll Also Like: Vegan Side Dishes
  7. Dopiazeh Aloo (Persian Potato Curry) Recipe


What are Dopiazeh Dishes?

Dopiazeh, also spelled Dopiaza, means “two onions.” The name refers to the generous use of onions in these types of dishes. They are akin to a South Asian curry and mildly spicy due to the use of warming spices.

You may have encountered or be more familiar with the concept of dopiazeh dishes from eating them at a restaurant specializing in South Asian cuisine. But, dopiazeh actually originates from Khorasan, the region that covers both Iran and Afghanistan. 

This dish was introduced to South Asia by the Mughals where regional variations evolved in India and Pakistan. South Asian varieties are often spicier and contain more gravy than the Iranian varieties.

Dopiazeh dishes can be made with prawns, chicken, lamb and beef replacing or adding to the potatoes used in this recipe. These dishes are traditional to Shiraz in the South of Iran where the cuisine tends to be spicier than other regions. In Shirazi Persian ‘Aloo’ means potatoes. 

ingredients for dopiazeh aloo perisan potato curry including potatoes, salt, olive oil, onion, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, red chili, turmeric powder, cumin, coriander, tomatoes, tomato paste, lime juice, pepper, and cilantro.


Ingredients for this Potato Curry Recipe

This potato curry features ingredients that are readily available at your local supermarket. Make sure you use fresh produce to ensure maximum quality and flavor.

  • Potatoes: The potato needs to keep its structure while absorbing the flavorful sauce during the cooking process. Yukon Gold potatoes are a great variety in the US and Maris Piper for those based in the UK.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: High-quality extra virgin olive oil is used to cook the vegetables.
  • Yellow onions: Go for medium or large-sized onions. You can also use one red and one yellow onion should you like a little extra color to the dish. Red onions will add a mildly sweeter finish to the dish.
  • Green bell pepper: Adds color and texture.
  • Fresh ginger and garlic: These fresh aromatics give a bold kick of flavor, marrying with the spices to bring about a lovely warming feel to this recipe.
  • Red chili: Provides a little heat. I deseed mine to avoid overpowering the other flavors and make this dish child-friendly.
  • Spices: Turmeric powder, ground cumin and ground coriander add woody, nutty, citrusy notes while salt and pepper enhance the flavor.
  • Tomatoes and tomato paste: Form the basis of the light sauce.
  • Fresh lime juice: Lifts the flavor with a hit of citrus.
  • Fresh cilantro: Adds a lemony and peppery tone to the final dish and as a garnish.
close up of dopiazeh aloo perisan potato curry in a serving bowl.


How to Make this Persian-Style Curry Recipe 

This flavor-packed potato curry recipe comes together in an hour and keeps well for up to 5 days. Here’s how you make it:


Prep the Vegetables

  • Prepare and boil the potatoes. Peel and chop 2 pounds of potatoes into 2 to 3-inch square chunks and place in a large saucepan. Cover with water, season generously with salt, and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are just tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander or sieve and set aside while you cook the other ingredients. 
  • Cook the onions and green bell pepper. Place a large saucepan on medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Once the oil glistens, add 2 thinly sliced yellow onions and saute until they have softened and started to caramelize. Add one thinly sliced green bell pepper and cook until it has softened slightly. Stir the mixture regularly to ensure the onions and pepper cook evenly.sliced onions and green bell pepper cooking in a saucepan with wooden spoon.
  • Add the fresh aromatics. Add 4 crushed or minced garlic cloves, 1 (2-inch) piece of grated fresh ginger, and 1 finely minced red chili. Stir until fragrant.
  • Add the spices. Add 1 teaspoon each of turmeric powder, ground cumin, and ground coriander and stir to coat. 
  • Add the tomatoes. Add 2 chopped fresh tomatoes and stir gently until they soften and break down.sliced onions, sliced green bell peppers, tomatoes and spices cooking in a saucepan with wooden spoon.
  • Add the tomato paste and water. Add 1 tablespoon of the tomato paste and stir into the mixture, then add 1 cup of water to create a light sauce.


Stew and Serve

  • Add potatoes, lime juice and seasoning. Add the cooked potatoes, stir into the mixture and turn the heat to medium-low. Add one tablespoon of fresh lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir the mixture gently until evenly mixed. Place a lid on the saucepan and gently cook for approximately 15 minutes for the flavors to marry. Stir now and again and lower heat further, if necessary.sliced onions, sliced green bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and spices cooking in a saucepan.
  • Garnish and serve the dish. Turn the heat off and add ¾ bunch of finely chopped fresh cilantro. Stir into the dopiazeh gently. Spoon into a serving dish and sprinkle with more cilantro if desired.
close up of a bite of dopiazeh aloo perisan potato curry being lifted out of a serving bowl with a spoon.


Storage, Reheating, and Ways to Mix it Up

Store Dopiazeh Aloo in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can either reheat in a microwave or on low heat in a saucepan. Add a little water to the saucepan to help generate some steam if you’re reheating on your stove. Other ways to mix this recipe up:

  • Mash up the leftovers and add beaten eggs. Fry with some oil to make an omelet.
  • Reduce the amount of potatoes and supplement with other vegetables such as mushrooms or cauliflower. 
  • Adjust the spice by adding more or leaving out the chili to your taste.
close up of dopiazeh aloo perisan potato curry in a serving bowl with a spoon next to a blue cloth napkin and a small bowl with chopped cilantro.


What to Serve with Potato Curry

This potato curry recipe is so versatile and will complement many dishes. Add cooked prawns to make a prawn and potato dopiazeh dish. Enjoy with a side of rice and/or flatbread.

Persian potato curry can also be served as an accompaniment to any meat dish from Easy Oven Roasted Whole Chicken to this Grilled Skirt Steak. It also pairs well with Chicken Schnitzel or serve it alongside Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Leg with Mint Pesto

Alternatively, add it to the menu for a vegetarian dinner party with Whole Roasted Cauliflower as the centerpiece.

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Dopiazeh Aloo (Persian Potato Curry)

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close up of dopiazeh aloo perisan potato curry in a serving bowl with a spoon next to a blue cloth napkin and a small bowl with chopped cilantro.
Cooked with warming fresh aromatics and spices, this oniony potato curry hails from the Shiraz region in the South of Iran. Well-loved among Iranians, this flavorful side dish is a great accompaniment to a range of mains, from chicken to shrimp to whole roast cauliflower.
Prep – 20 minutes
Cook – 40 minutes
Cuisine:
Persian
Serves – 6 people, as a side
Course:
Entree or Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced into 2-3-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed or finely minced
  • 1 (2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (optional)
  • Black pepper
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro, finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Prepare and boil the potatoes. In a large saucepan, add the potatoes and cover with water. Salt the water generously and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are just tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook the onions and green bell pepper. In the same pan used to boil the potatoes, add the olive oil and set the pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the onion and saute, stirring until they have softened and started to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Then add the bell pepper and cook, stirring until it has softened slightly, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the fresh aromatics. Add the garlic, ginger, and red chili. Stir until the aromatics are released, about 1 minute.
  • Add the spices. Add the turmeric, cumin and coriander. Stir to coat the onion and pepper mixture.
  • Add the tomatoes. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes and stir gently until they soften and break down, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and water. Add the tomato paste and stir into the mixture, then add 1 cup of water to create a light sauce.
  • Add potatoes, lime juice and seasoning. Stir in the drained potatoes and turn the heat to medium-low. Add the fresh lime juice (if using) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir the mixture gently until evenly mixed. Cover and gently cook for approximately 15 minutes for the flavors to marry. Stir now and again and lower heat further, if necessary.
  • Garnish and serve. Turn the heat off. Gently stir in ¾ of the cilantro. Spoon into a serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro if you’d like. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • To store, allow the curry to cool, then transfer to a sealable container. Store sealed in your refrigerator, for up to 5 days. 
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop on low heat with a splash of water. Alternatively, you can mash the leftovers, whisk with 2 eggs, and cook like a scramble.
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Nutrition

Calories: 197.5kcalCarbohydrates: 35.3gProtein: 4.6gFat: 5.2gSaturated Fat: 0.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.5gSodium: 36.6mgPotassium: 912.3mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 5.1gVitamin A: 558.1IUVitamin C: 66.7mgCalcium: 45.3mgIron: 2.1mg
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Mersedeh Prewer is a Persian-British recipe developer born, raised and currently living in the United Kingdom. She is passionate about all cuisines but her writing primarily focuses on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. She is a recipe contributor to both The Kitchn and Simply Recipes.
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe. I came out very tasty and light. No one flavor was overpowering. I am not a green pepper fan and you wouldn’t even know it was in there.

  2. I made this Persian potato – just the other day. I had to change it a little by adding a little garam masala, and honey. Then because I added a little extra extra liquid, I had to add more spices. I also added two cans of Thai coconut milk. Finally, I will say it is delicious. But I didn’t follow the recipe per se. It’s a good beginning recipe, just add and adjust things for your own taste. I also added some cinnamon. When you learn how to cook and you know flavors, you can’t imagine how they will taste. Experience in cooking is a blessing.

  3. Hello when you call fora “red chili” what does that mean? Dried red chili or fresh and if fresh, what kind and where do I find it?

    1. Hi, Karen. You'll want to use a fresh red chili pepper with this recipe. These can usually be found at your local grocery store.

  4. 5 stars
    Not quite sure how I ended up on this site, but definitely a mis-click I’m happy to have done!
    Made this, loved this, now resisting the urge to make it again before checking out some of the other recipe’s on here that have also caught my eye. What’s a great site 🥰

    1. We love a good "happy accident"! Thanks so much for your sweet message... and welcome to The Mediterranean Dish!

  5. 5 stars
    Such a good pantry recipe to use. This grabbed my intention tonight as it was nearly shopping day and didn’t know what I would cook…until I saw this. Everything on this list I had in my pantry with some swaps where needed (ie., swapping chilli for chilli powder).
    So full of flavour and didn’t take long to cook. Recommend

    1. Hi Simone, Devin here from the Mediterranean Dish team. So happy to hear you loved this dish! I bet that fresh chili was a delicious and flavorful swap. Thank you for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    This is the easiest, cheapest dish I make, maybe once a fortnight and eat it for 2-3 days. It lacks protein otherwise I'd eat it every day! Although yesterday I had prawns on the side. I make it without the capsicum as those are very expensive where I live. It would double the cost of the dish.

  7. We have been wanting to make this since it was posted, but we wanted to wait until a really cold day. It was worth the wait! It was definitely on the spicy side, but we like a little spice. Will definitely make again!

  8. 5 stars
    I'm grateful for the recipes, spices and EVOO from the store! Perhaps an obvious "no" since you didn't offer this option, but does this freeze well? Thank you!

    1. Hello! Yes, it technically can be frozen. Just be aware that the texture of potatoes might change slightly after freezing and reheating, but the flavor should still be delish! Enjoy!

  9. 5 stars
    This dish is so tasty. A keeper recipe! Thank you. Next time I’m going to try making it with cauliflower and peas.

  10. 5 stars
    my husband is perisan and from shiraz, when I told him about this recipe and asked why he never made this, he said “ we call this poor man’s curry, and i don’t like potatoes!” i made it today and the comments are wow that smells great from the old perisan man!

    1. I would also like to know. I live in Mexico. There are many red chilis. I guess it's not going to change the authenticity of the dish if I just pick one and go with a quantity I would normally use? I don't want to overpower the other spices and change the structure of the dish.

      1. Hi, Joanne. We simply used dried whatever red chilies are readily available here in most grocery stores. I'm sorry that we don't know the exact variety.