Dum Aloo / Aloo Dum

Gone are the days when I used to cook only dal and kurmas for daily menu. Now I started including many rich gravies. Few are from my ideas and few are from cookbook collections I own. Sometimes, I tweak the recipe completely to make the cooking process easier without compromising on taste. Today's recipe is Dum Aloo from Nita Mehta's cookbook and it is highly modified to make the cooking process easier.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes
Serves: 4-5


Baby potatoes - 20-25 nos.
Oil / Butter - 3 tablespoons
Fennel seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon stick - 2 inch piece
Green cardamom - 3 nos.
Black cardamom - 1 no.
Bay Leaves - 1 no.
Cloves - 3 nos.,
Onion - 1 no., large size, sliced
Tomato - 2 nos., medium size, cubed
Ginger -  2 inch piece, finely chopped
Garlic cloves - 3 nos., finely chopped
Cashew nuts - 2 tablespoons
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Garam Masala - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Kasoori methi - 1/2 teaspoon
Milk - 1 cup
Water - 1/2-1 cup


1) Pressure cook the potatoes for 2 whistles. Once done, peel the skin and prick using fork all the sides.
2) In a wide pan, heat a tablespoon of oil. Add the potatoes and shallow fry until all the sides of potato turns golden brown. Keep turning the potatoes using ladle or spoon for uniform browning.
3) In the same pan, heat another tablespoon of oil. Add fennel seeds, cinnamon stick, green cardamom, black cardamom, bay leaves and cloves. Saute for few seconds.
4) Add onion and saute till it becomes soft and brown.
5) Add ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute.
6) Add cubed tomato. Saute until the tomato becomes mushy.
7) Add cashew nuts and turn the flame off. Let it cool to room temperature.
8) Once cooled, grind it to a smooth paste. Add water if required.
9) Take another pan or in the same pan, heat remaining oil. Add cumin seeds and allow it to splutter.
10) Add the ground masala paste to it. Rinse the mixie with 1/2 cup of water and add it to the pan. Let it boil for 5-7 minutes.
11) Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, kashmiri chilli powder, garam masala, salt and kasoori methi. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
12) Reduce the flame to low and add milk slowly in a batch and stir well after each addition. Make sure the milk is incorporated well with the gravy. Cook for 1-2 minute(s).
13) Add baby potatoes. Mix well. Cover the pan using lid and let it be for 3-5 minutes.
14) Open the lid and cook again for few seconds.
15) Gravy is ready and serve hot with roti.


1) Instead of baby potatoes, you can use normal round potatoes and cut them as 1 inch cubes before using them.
2) Instead of pressure cooking, you can deep fry the potatoes.
3) You can also use couple of tablespoons of khoya along with kasoori methi for richer taste to the gravy.
4) I added kashmiri red chilli powder for the colour and store bought red chilli powder for spicy taste. Adjust it according to your taste.
5) The final gravy was in thick creamy consistency. You can add more or reduce the water quantity as per the consistency you need.

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Looks yummy! Beautiful colour to the curry!

wow... uma its really very awesome.... who can resist these delicious dum aloo... Love it alot...

Looks so rich n irresistable...

Wow!!Dum aloo looks so creamy and delicious,it got a very nice color Uma...

Ahh, looks awesome.. Wonderful clicks too.. I guess we would love this thick & rich gravy :)

Irresistible dum aloo, a prefect virtual treat, wat a catchy colour of the gravy,drooling here.

lovely color..dum aloo looks so rich and scrumptious...love that copper spoon..it's cute..

Love it with naans... Beautiful clicks

wow dum aloo looks so so delicious and drool worthy clicks :) tempting me a lot !!

We had this yesterday for raksha bandan dinner...super fab dish that will make you mad licking fingers

wow! super presentation love the color :-)

love dum aloo.it looks really delicious and yumm

rich and creamy...tempting clicks too

thats a lovely spoon u own :) lovely pictures :D

the kadai with spicy aloo curry wow...hhhmmm very flavourful it seems

looking very pretty and yummy..

wonderful spicy looking curry.. looks yumm

Gorgeous pictures... aloo dum... had been long time since I made these...
Dish It Out - Onions & Chillis

dum aloo looks delicious and creamy.

Its Beautiful and Mouth Wattering!!!

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