Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dum Aloo-Dum Aloo recipe-How to prepare Dum Aloo

Dum aloo or aloo dum is a very popular dish prepared with baby potatoes.There are many ways of preparing dum aloo. I have prepared it in Punjabi style. It is very simple to prepare and tastes delicious. My children love this dish with chapati and all flavored rice. Today we will learn how to make Dum Aloo following this easy recipe.

Dum Aloo-How to make dum aloo

Dum Aloo-How to make Dum Aloo

Dum Aloo

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Potato
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Baby potatoes -15-20 very small potatoes
   Onion - 2 medium size or 1 cup finely chopped
   Tomatoes - 3 big and juicy ones (I used Bangalore tomatoes)
   Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Salt as required
   Cashew nuts -5 (optional)

   Oil for shallow frying potatoes

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Cumin powder -3/4 tsp
   Garam masala powder-1 tsp

   For the Seasoning

   Oil/Butter - 2 tbsp
   Bay leaf -1
   Jeera/Cumin seeds -1 tsp

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Julienne ginger (1 inch ginger cut into thin strips)
   Cream - 2 tbsp (optional)


Parboil the potatoes (cook partially). Peel the skin, prick all over with a fork and shallow fry it till golden brown. Keep it aside. I used more than 15 potatoes as my potatoes were very small.

Puree the tomatoes and keep it aside. You can also blanch tomatoes and then puree it. Check out how to blanch tomatoes.

Soak cashew nuts in hot water and grind it to a fine paste. This is added to give richness to the gravy.


Heat oil/butter in a pan, add bay leaf, cumin seeds (jeera), when it sizzles, add finely chopped onions and saute until onions turn brown. Continuous stirring is required. You can add a little salt to speed up the process.

preparation for making dum aloo

Then add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

frying onions

Add tomato puree, all the spice powder, salt needed and saute until tomatoes turn mushy and oil separates. You should not add water without cooking the tomatoes properly.

preparing dum aloo

Add cashew nut paste and cook for a few more minutes.

how to prepare dum aloo

Then add the shallow fried potatoes, 3/4 cup of water and cook covered for 6-10 minutes on low heat.

Add cream (amul cream or dairy cream) if preferred.

dum aloo-punjabi style

Garnish it with coriander leaves and thinly sliced ginger.

Enjoy it hot with rotis,chapati, parathas, plain rice or any pulao (without tomato base).

Dum Aloo recipe
More Potato recipes

Potato Curry (South Indian style)

Aloo matar gravy

Aloo gobhi

Aloo Palak

Baby Potato fry

Potato Gravy

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  1. Wow,Delicious aloo dum.So tempting....

  2. Dum aloo looks dleicious. Potato bird looks cute.

  3. Lovely dish...My kids' favorite. Cute presentation:))

  4. Looks delicious and cute potato bird. why dont u send to create n carve event.

  5. Dum aloo looks delish...n love tht little birdy :)

  6. Unique presentation dear, I appreciate it..looks delicious..

  7. Dum aloo looks so delicious and spicy.

  8. Yummilicous treat...very beautiful carvings.

  9. Lovely padhu. I loved your version. The potato birdie is so cute..

  10. Oh, this looks and sounds yummy to me...nice recipe..thanks for sharing!

  11. Looks delicious Padhu...The gravy is mouthwatering!! Love the little bird too ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. looks superb...also liked the cute little potato sparrow :)

  13. Tasty looking sabji, alu bird is so cute,thanks for sharing.

  14. Little birdy look so cute as your dish...thanks for sharing wonderful recipe with us...

  15. Superb...looks really delicious

  16. very yummy recipe. love the potato bird

  17. Any time favorite... Thats a very lovely bird...

  18. wow very tempting and inviting dum aloo !! Loved the texture and cute little bird !!

  19. This looks so good, delicious and yummy.

  20. Spicy and delicious,perfect with rotis.

  21. cute presentation as always..looks so yumm!!

  22. awesome recipe padhu! the birdie is super cute too!

  23. simple & lovely dish!! cute presentation..

  24. This looks good! I just have to pick up some turmeric! Thanks for commenting on my blog ( I've added yours to my Google Reader and look forward to reading your future posts!

  25. My favorite recipe with fried rice :)

  26. wow...dum aloo...this dsih is one of my all time favorites !you have made it so well...looks so spicy and delicious !

  27. Slurp :) Thanks for ur comment on my post on BB#4, and happy to follow u.. lovely space, first time here !

  28. Delicious dum aloo, one of my favorite and love the little bird..... too cute... Padhu!

  29. that lil birdie is so sweet.
    I love dum aloo...havent tried it in a long time though

  30. Hi, You have a nice space here. Thanks for visiting my space. Dum Aloo looks yum..Love the potato birdy touch :)

  31. Dum aloo looks awesome and love that little bird.

  32. I always order this i n restaurants now i can make myself...Love it

  33. Lovely Dum Aloo... Your vegetable Carving Skills are amazing... Keep rocking.. :-)

  34. Wow! this looks so good! Thanks for sharing. And your potato bird looks so cute :)

  35. everythg abt the post is fab....i love the recipe,clicks and the birdie

  36. Superb reciepe.. I love your way of explaining with steps and pics...Thanks for that..

  37. I love your cooking! Nice recipe!

  38. Sounds delicious. Can I make it with ordinary big potatoes?

    1. Yes, you can use ordinary big potatoes. You can par boil the potatoes, cut them into medium pieces and use it.

  39. Surprised my wife with this dish, She loved it. Upset though that I had not made rotis to go along with it. But that story on another day. This page is about dum aaloo and i will restrict to it.It was whooping success.


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