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Dum Aloo is named so because the dish is cooked under Dum or Pressure so as to let the potatoes soak in the flavor from gravy. In the authentic recipe, you have to actually deep fry the potatoes. But since yours truly HAS to check the calories that go in & out, the potatoes were shallow fried! 😉 😀 The homemade version is a 1000 times better than the restaurant version. It is mild and tasty. The yogurt brings out a wonderful flavor and those crisp potatoes when soaked in the spicy gravy absorb all that flavor!
DUM ALOO RECIPE | Baby Potatoes in Spicy Yogurt Gravy
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Prep Time: 15-20 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Baby Potatoes – 20-25
To grind for Masala
Almonds – 10, blanched
Tomatoes – 1 cup (about 2 medium)
Ginger – 1 inch
Garlic – 3 cloves, peeled
Dry Red Chilies – 4
For the Gravy
Onions – 1.5 cups (1 large onion)
Oil – 6 teaspoons (4 tsp for frying potatoes & 2 tsp for gravy)
Cumin Seeds / Jeera – 1 teaspoon
Cloves – 2
Cinnamon – 1 inch
Cardamom – 2
Turmeric / Haldi powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Garam Masala – 1 teaspoon
Kasuri Methi / Dry fenugreek leaves – 2 teaspoons
SALT – 3-4 teaspoons (or as per taste)
Yogurt / Curd – 1/2 cup (not the thick kind)
Water – 1/2 cup (if required)
Coriander / Cilantro leaves – for garnish
I. Preparing the baby potatoes –
Boil & peel the potatoes. Prick them all over with a fork.
Heat 4 tsp oil on a deep pan and add the potatoes
Fry till the potatoes turn golden brown and form a nice crisp layer. (keep an eye on the pan as the potatoes may burn if not tossed regularly). Keep aside
II. For the masala
In a blender, take tomatoes, blanched & peeled almonds, ginger, garlic & red chilis. (ingredients mentioned under ‘To grind for masala’.
Blend to a smooth paste & set aside
III. For the gravy
Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to a pan (I used the same wok that I used to fry potatoes)
Add cumin seeds, clove, cinnamon & cardamom. Sauté for 1-2 minutes
Add chopped onions & sauté till they get a golden brown color.
Add the ground paste (from above ↑) and fry for 4-5 min
Add the Salt, Turmeric, Garam Masala & Kasuri Methi
Mix well. Let it cook for a minute
IV. Final Step: Getting it all together
Add the fried baby potatoes to this mixture and mix once.
Add the yogurt/curd
Mix well and simmer for around 10 minutes
In case the curry is too dry, add a little water.
Garnish with coriander / cilantro leaves & serve!
You can have this with Roti, Naan, Pulav, Rice etc.