Gravies & Curries

Dum Aloo

Dum aloo is originally from the Kashmir Valley and is a favourite dish of the Kashmiri Pandits. It is so delicious and versatile that it has been adopted as a pan-Indian dish and can be found in most wedding menus across India. The gravy-based dish is a visual treat, with the small potatoes swimming appetisingly in a bowl of mildly spiced, creamy gravy.

Though dum aloo masala has many ingredients, it can be prepared and stored for easy use, which makes this dish a simple affair that belies the result. My recipe for Dum Aloo is a satvik one.

Dum Aloo Ingredients
Dum Aloo Ingredients

Ingredients: (for 3 to 4 servings):

Small potatoes                    -12 to14

Tomatoes                            – 2 large

Ginger                                 – ¼” piece

Green chillies (slit )            – 2

Jeera                                   – ¼ tsp

Hing                                     – 1 pinch

Dum aloo masala powder (click to see the recipe) – 4 tsp

Thick curd                          – ½  cup

Water                                 – 1 cup

Oil for deep frying

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Rinse potatoes, wipe and peel them. If you are using the larger potatoes, cut into halves or quarters. Prick them all over with a fork. This step ensures that the potatoes absorb the gravy well.
  2. Deep fry potatoes in medium hot oil till they are golden brown and are cooked completely.

    Frying Baby Potatoes
    Frying Baby Potatoes
  3. Grind tomatoes and ginger, slit green chillies. Whisk the curd.
  4. Heat 2-3 tsp oil in a kadhai. Add jeera and when it sputters, add hing and green chillies. Add the tomato puree and dum aloo masala powder and fry on low heat till oil separates.
  5. Now add the beaten curd and keep stirring till it starts to boil.
  6. Add potatoes and salt and water. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Garnish with chopped green coriander and serve hot with steamed rice, rotis, naan or parathas.
Dum Aloo
Dum Aloo


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