Monday, December 6, 2010

Kashmiri Dum Aloo/ Baby potatoes in spicy yogurt gravy

I love this time of year, wherever I am! I think everything about the season is delightful - the smells, the lights, the people, the shopping, the rush, the food, the festiveness and on and on.

We finally put up some lights outside along the door and the railings as part of our Christmas decorations, and there is still more to do, but that will be for next weekend. How about you? Do tell me where you are with your decorations and cooking, etc. for the season.

Talking of festive food, today I am sharing a delicious preparation with potato which will have your guests drooling. The first time I had this a zillion years ago at a friends place for Diwali, I distinctly remember how everybody was raving about this dish. I sang my own tune of appreciation to her, and I can still feel the taste on my tongue just reminiscing. Okay, agreed that was a little exaggeration, but the taste by no means is being exaggerated :)

Recently, at a get- together at my house, I made this and it was well received. So much so that the dish looked like it was licked clean. I like that! The recipe gives the mild version of the dish. Spike up the spice to your liking. I always make it less spicy, keeping my kids as well as the non-Indian guests in mind.

It's a wonderful party dish to the eyes as well as your taste buds.

Dum Aaloo

Don't you think that Star Anise is one of the prettiest spices ever ?

Dum Aaloo

Ingredients:

Baby potatoes- 1lbs
Oil- For deep frying

Oil- 2 Tbsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch

Whole Garam masala:

Cinnamon stick- 1 small piece
Star Anise- 2
Cloves- 3-4
Cardamom- 1 or 2
Tejpatta/Indian Bay leaves- 2

Finely chopped Onion- 1 cup

Ginger Garlic paste- 1 Tbsp
Tomato Puree- 1 1/2 Tbsp
Salt- To taste

For mixing in the yogurt:

Yogurt- 1 cup scant
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder- 2 tsp
Red Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 /14 tsp
Turmeric powder- a big pinch

Ginger juliennes- for garnishing


Method:

1.Peel and clean the potatoes.Prick them thoroughly with a fork and immerse them in salted water for n hour.
2.Drain them on a paper towel.
3.Heat oil in a deep frying pan and fry the potatoes till they turn golden brown.You have to do this on medium high heat, since if you keep the heat low, the potatoes will absorb more oil.
4.Heat oil in pan and splutter the cumin seeds.Add the asafoetida and keep stirring.Add the whole garam masala ans saute for a couple of minutes.
5.Throw in the finely chopped onions and saute till they turn brown.
6.Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell leaves.
7.Add the tomato puree (I used the canned one)and saute till the oil startes to leave the sides.
8.Mix all the other spice powders in the yogurt and pour it into the pan.
9.Mix everything well and bring it to a boil.
10. Add the fried potatoes and mix well.Adjust the consistency with water.
11.Cover and cook on medium low heat for about 10 minutes.
12.If you want to have more gravy add more water while cooking.If you want it semi-dry or dry boil it accordingly.Remember that it will dry again even after switching off the heat.
13.Serve with poori/roti.

Contributor: Namitha





Dum Aaloo

49 comments:

  1. Very yummy looking curry.I also bought some decorations for the house.

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  2. Lovely and mouth watering post..yummooooo!!!

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  3. Very tempting and wonderful looking ...

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  4. My fav..love it with hot pooris :)

    US Masala

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  5. Wow kashmiri dum aloo looks simply delicious.

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  6. Look at the color! Gorgeous! Hey, where does one get this Kashmiri chili powder? I went once and asked for it in a popular NJ Indian store and they blinked at me as if I was talking in greek and latin.
    Won't other chili powders render this color to the food?

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  7. Slurp, fingerlicking kashmiri dum aloo, absolutely looks divine, seriously am hungry even after having my dinner.

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  8. Kashmiri dum aloos looks perfect and delicious. Yesterdays my hubby put some lights outside our house.

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  9. beautiful and delicious potatoes lovely addition of star anise

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  10. Your Kashmiri Dum Aloo looks delicious! We love potatoes and this spicy version sounds really good. Yes, the star anise is a very pretty spice :)

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  11. @ CL :I got a couple of packets from India as I couldn't find them in any Indian stores here :( That makes a huge difference in flavor too :-) For the color you could substitute red paprika powder.

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  12. Haaaaaaaa..nami same pinchttoo..njan ithu thanne post cheyyathathu.:) entammo entha color liked ur version too..next time ingane try cheyyamttoo Adipoli da!!

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  13. adipoli..njan ee weeknd dinner partyke enthelum specila undakanm ennalochichapole dhe varunu kidilam aloo dum...gonna make this tto..Looks adipoliyee..

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  14. Thats a yummy prepartion! Mouthwatering!!

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  15. Beautiful potatos and with all the flavors there, my mouth is watering.

    We just put up pur tree yesterday and my husband strung some lights and our light up snowflakes out front, he has Monday's off. We have to finish decorating the tree, but first some eggnog!

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  16. This looks amazing! Definitely great photos as well!

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  17. I love potatoes and this looks fabulous. :)

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  18. Dum aloo looks so delicious! Beautiful pics as always!

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  19. This looks fantastic! Must try when our diet is over :)

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  20. i have made begali Dum Aloo but never tried Kashmiri one, probably Yoghurt is the difference.. wil try

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  21. Lovely clicks, Gulmohar. What an exotic spread of potato out there.

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  22. Beautiful clicks.Dum Aloo looks delicious & perfect.


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  23. They are looking gorgeous Namitha... Why not the host smile looking at the clean dishes !! great work :)

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  24. What a color! Looks so mouthwatering and great click too..

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  25. What a delicious and mouthwatering curry! Loved the clicks.

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  26. ooh delicious looking dum aloo. will try ur version next time.amazing clicks

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  27. What is going on in blogs this is the second dum alo recipe i see today. Delish.

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  28. yummy kashmiri dum alooo..and awesome clicks too..

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  29. One of my fav potato dish,i too make almost similar way...lov the color u got there,too good....

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  30. Tempting and delicious curry,awesome clicks dear.

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  31. oh this is gorgeous and it is licked clean ...the happiest thing after all the cooking right...love ur first pic :)

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  32. Oh my god, this looks sooooooo yummyyyyyyy, i love the dish and your pic.

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  33. delicious! awesome clicks too!

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  34. Baby potatoes are so incredible delicious! And the spice is very pretty!

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  35. wooo very well presented dear..looks soo good..

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  36. thats a yummy looking curry. Have to agree with your star anise is a very pretty spice

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  37. Delicious aloo dum! I have never used star anise in garam masala and will try soon: it is a brilliant idea!

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  38. Love the color of the aloo dum!

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