Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dum Aloo

I find baby potatoes so cute looking and adorable that I never miss a chance to buy them when I spot them. I usually make either dum aloo with them or a spicy, dry masala fry. I don't use the dum technique per se for cooking these but just let them simmer for a long time so the potatoes can absorb the masalas.

DUM ALOO


Ingredients:

Baby potatoes - 12, parboiled and peeled
Coriander leaves - chopped, for garnish
Thick yogurt - 2 tbsp
Milk / Cream - 2 tbsp
Oil - 4 tsp, divided
Cloves - 1
Cinnamon stick - half inch piece
Cumin seeds - half tsp
Salt - to taste

To Fry & Grind:
Onion - 1 large, peeled and cut into big pieces
Tomato - 1 medium, ripe
Garlic - 3 cloves
Ginger - half inch piece
Almonds/Cashews - about 8

Masala powders (to be mixed into a paste with some water)
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Kitchen King Masala - 1 to 2 tsp

Method:
1) Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and fry the onion, ginger and garlic till browned on the edges. Add the tomatoes with a bit of salt and when they are mushy. Transfer out to a bowl and allow to cool a bit. Then grind this with almonds or cashews to a fine paste.

2) Return the same pan to the stove and add another tsp of oil, slightly prick the parboiled ( I used a microwave to do this), peeled potatoes and toss in the oil with a pinch or two of salt and allow them to get fried a bit.. They will just get a light brown colour. Take this out and keep aside.

3) Now add the remaining 2 tsp of oil and season with cloves, cinnamon and cumin seeds and add the ground onion-tomato paste, followed by the masala powder paste with some salt and allow this to cook on a medium flame till it is nice and thick and the raw smell is gone.

4) Now add about a cup of water and the fried potatoes, let this come to a boil, cover, reduce flame and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or till thick. You will see some oil splitting and floating on the top after this. The reason we want this thick now is so the curd and milk mixture will bring it back to the right consistency.

5) Blend the curd with milk/cream until smooth and add to the gravy. Switch off the stove and cover again and let it stay for about 10 to 15 minutes before garnishing with coriander leaves and serving. If desired more cream can be drizzled on top.
Serve with naan, rotis or pulaos.

42 comments:

  1. i love baby potatoes too...aren't they cute. I usually make a potato roast with them..tho honestly i have always been meaning to make dum aloo..looks great laav :)

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  2. Look so good Lavs..aromatic curry..!

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  3. Nice pictures Laavanya...the dum aloo looks so delicious with the naan...I too make this at least once a week :)

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  4. Serve me up some. I'm coming over :)

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  5. I rarely buy baby potatoes. The curry looks lip-smacking good! :D
    BTW, how are you? Will mail/call you...

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  6. Love baby potatoes! I bet this was a rich and complex dish! What is the dum technique?

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  7. I don't have cut or peel them, thats my main reason for buying baby potatoes, just wash em and dunk em in curry :)

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  8. one of my fave potato dishes :)

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  9. I just love this dish..perfect with roti's n naans

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  10. Laav, I love this gravy. I have one Tarla Dalal recipe.Let me try that and let you know about DUM.

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  11. hi,
    Then gravy and seems very rich with lots of falvourful spices and ground masala :) yumm this is one such dish which goes well with almost anything :)
    Good one

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  12. nice color and looks really tasty.

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  13. Great recipe for dum aloo..going to bookmark it..gravy looks thick any yum...

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  14. I hav not yet tried/tasted dum aloo! Urs looks wonderful!And u r right,i too buy baby potatoes coz,its so cute!!

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  15. Oh wow....this is an aromatic, flavourful and spicy recipe.....

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  16. I'm smacking my lips at the thought of eating this :)

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  17. I love baby potatoes .. I make a dry version .. Never made dum aloo though .. this would go great with rotis

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  18. Looks delicious and inviting !

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  19. Guess i am here for the ist time...
    u have a wonderful space here...!
    Dum Aloo looks sooo tasty!
    cute presentation too...

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  20. Reminds me i havent made these in long time :) looks delicious!

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  21. Dum aloo is one of the first North Indian gravy that I prepared when I started cooking on my own.I followed Tarla Dalal's recipe.

    Looks delicious and I would love to pair it with some light and flaky phulkas..:)

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  22. spicy and creamy dum aloo...great combo with paratha!

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  23. Thank you all for your comments.

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  24. ohh man..i want right now...looks very tempting dear..

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  25. ohh man..i want right now...looks very tempting dear..

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  26. Yum, I bought some baby potatoes at the farmer's market last week... I want to try your recipe, it looks great!

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  27. Wow! 1st time here ..Looks soo good ...Love ur dum alloo recipe ..will try this soon :)

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  28. What a hearty meal ... loved the click ...

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  29. looks delicious to me ... nice click dear

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  30. Laav, Please accept the award I have passed on.

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  31. Oh yeah, baby potatoes are extremely cute :) I like them dry, but this gravy looks delicious!

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  32. Looks nice ..I have dum aloo in my blog too :)

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  33. I have tried this too..delicious curry isnt it?!

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  34. Hmm..looks nice!never tried this..HAve bookmarked it !!

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