North Indian Curry/ side dish


dum aloo recipe

Today i have for you all a classic curry from North India ” Dum Aloo Recipe ” . Dum aloo is basically fried baby potatoes marinated and simmered in a creamy delicious yogurt based gravy . It is very popular in Kashmir , Punjab and other North Indian states . Making this restaurant style Punjabi Dum aloo at home is very easy . Tastes great for a weekend meal along with some Roti / Naan / jeera rice etc .

dum aloo recipe

You may also like kadai paneer , restaurant style methi malai , veg jalfrezi  ….

Typically to make Dum aloo .. baby potatoes are deep fried and later simmered in gravy. But at home .. obviously, we don’t prefer to eat the high calorie-laden dishes .. so as an alternative .. I shallow fry semi cooked baby potatoes. But trust me taste wise there is no compromise .. it’s so delightful. Simple to make and tasty to taste. I don’t know about the authenticity of the recipe as I learnt it from a cooking show .. but taste wise its no less than served in any restaurants. Do try .. I am very very sure you will love it. So are you ready to see how to make Dum aloo at home with step by step pictures ..

dum aloo recipe


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


For potatoes

  • 1/2 kg Baby Potato
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Oil

For masala ( to grind)

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds saunf
  • 1 Green Cardamom / Elaichi
  • 1 piece Cinnamon stick /dalchini
  • 2-3 Cloves/ Lavang
  • a small piece Mace / javitri
  • 10-12 Cashew
  • 2-3 medium size Onions, Sliced
  • 8-10 flakes Garlic cloves
  • 2 inch chopped ginger
  • 2-3 medium size tomato, diced
  • 2 tbsp Oil

For the curry

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Bay leaf / Tej patta
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds / jeera seeds
  • 1-2 tsp Red chilli powder, as per your preference
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder / Dhania powder
  • 1/2 tsp Roasted Cumin powder / Jeera powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • few Chopped coriander leaves


Preparation of potatoes / aloo

  • Wash and pressure cook baby potato in a cooker for 2 whistles adding around 2 cups of water.Take care not to over cook potatoes . When the pressure releases ,drain the excess water and de skin the potatoes .
  • Prick the boiled potatoes with a fork . This will help in the spices and flavors to get into the potatoes .
  • Add little red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt into boiled potatoes.Mix it properly
  • Now , heat a pan . Add around 2 tbsp cooking oil and shallow fry it on medium heat for 2-3 minutes till it turns golden in color and looks roasted.
  • Remove in a plate .

Preparation of the Masala

  • To the same pan add another 2 tbsp oil . Add saunf and whole garam masala( ie cardamom , cinnamon , cloves and mace ) .Fry it for few seconds, add cashew nut and saute for few more seconds.
  • Add chopped ginger , garlic and onion to the pan and saute till onions are soft and translucent . Add tomatoes ,salt and saute till tomatoes are mushy . Turn off the flame, let the fried ingredients cool down.
  • Transfer into a blending jar and blend it into smooth paste (do not add water).Keep the ground masala aside .

Time to mix masala n prepared aloo together

  • Heat the same pan, add oil .Once oil is hot add bay leaf and cumin seeds to it. Let it splutter .
  • Add red chilli powder and turmeric powder into the hot oil .This helps in giving nice and rich colour to the gravy.Add the ground masala paste and fry it for 1-2 minute on medium flame.
  • Add coriander powder, cumin powder ,black pepper powder and kasoori methi into the masala .Mix it and fry the masala nicely till the oil separates.
  • At this point add curd . Simmer the flame , whisk the curd and slowly add it into the pan. Stir continuously.Fry the masala on low flame for 1-2 minute, til raw smell of curd goes . Later add 1 cup of water salt to taste and mix .
  • Add the fried potatoes and garam masala into the gravy mix .Cover the pan and let the gravy come to boil. Let it simmer for 5-8 mins. If required add some more water ( the gravy will thicken more as it cools ) . Finally add coriander leaves and and turn off the flame.
  • Delicious creamy dum aloo is ready to serve with roti,naan, jeera rice ,rice etc
    dum aloo recipe

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Sneha Goyal
    August 21, 2017 at 11:17 am

    It really nice recipe to eat in South Region. The color of this recipe is really very nice. It feels me watering of mouth.

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