Friday, April 3, 2009

Dum Aloo Recipe - How to make aloo dum

Dum Aloo Recipe

I wanted to try Dum Aloo Recipe since long.... Baby potatoes cooked in a rich simmered tomato curd based gravy...I just loved the aroma of curd and tangy flavour of it in the gravy. I had tasted dum aloo in a north indian thali served at an restaurant, I totally loved the deep orange gravy...such nice flavours with a tangy taste that comes from curd so wanted to recreate the same and here is my try....:)

Dum Aloo Recipe

Dum Aloo Recipe

Preparation Time:5 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Baby potatoes - 15 to 20
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Curd - 1 cup
Kashmiri Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Tomato puree - from 3 tomatoes
Fresh Cream - 3 tbsp
Cashew paste - from 5 cashews
Coriander leaves - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - as required

To Temper :

Jeera - 1 tsp
Bay leaf - a small piece
Cloves - 2
Cinnamom - 1/4 inch piece
Oil - 1 tsp


  1. Boil potatoes to 4 whistles, peel of the skin. Prick holes with a fork/toothpick, fry in a tsp of oil until golden brown, keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add jeera, cinnomon, cloves, bayleaf allow it to crackle.
    How to make dum aloo - Step1
  2. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till slightly browned.Now add onions and saute for 2 mins.Then add all the spice powders(coriander, red chilli and garam masala powder) give a quick stir then add tomato puree,Cook until raw smell of tomatoes leaves.
    How to make dum aloo - Step2
  3. Add required salt, then add cashew paste. Cook till it becomes thick. Then add curd,fresh cream little by little and keep stirring.Add 1/4 cup water,food color and allow it to boil.
    How to make dum aloo - Step3
  4. Close with a lid and simmer it till the gravy thickens.Add, potatoes and cook for 5 -7mins in sim keeping it covered with a lid tightly(dum cooking) till the gravy blends with the potatoes and the gravy is thick.Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make dum aloo - Step4
Garnish with coriander leaves, kasuri methi. Serve with chapathis or with rice.

My Notes:

  • Be very careful after curd is added, simmer and keep stirring else it will curdle.
  • I used kashmiri red chilli powder and orange food color hence the bright orange color.
  • You can even add 1 tsp of crushed kasoori methi for extra flavour.
  • You can deep fry the potatoes till golden brown instead of toasting.
  • I usually discard the seeds of tomatoes so I used 3 tomatoes. If you are using with seeds then 2 medium sized tomatoes would be enough.
Dum Aloo Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Looks yum. I use baby red potatoes for this dish, but when I don't them, I just cubed potato like you. Tastes great either way!

    Here is my Mughlai Alu Dum.

    Enjoy, see you on Monday! :)

  2. Looks delicous ur dum aloo!

  3. Nice recipe Sharmilee. Just last week I saw a similar post for dum aloo. I have never made these.WOuld love to try.

  4. your dum aloo looks gorgeous... I want to make it again now. thanks for trying dear.

  5. yummy yumm!!! looks great!!
    have a great weekend!

  6. Dum aloo looks so inviting I wanna have a roti with it right away! :)

  7. Dum aloo looks yumm and very inviting..Have a great weekend.

  8. hey what happened to your pbm recipe? i saw it and was drooling over it.. why did u delete the post?

    anyway, i tried to watermark my pics using your technique but couldn't do it. i think i didn't quite understand, may be i will go through your post again.

  9. Dum aloo looks yumm..I like your version its simple n good!

  10. Hey your PB masala page is nt loading for me..though I could read that post in my reader!I had the same prob with your this post y'day.
    PB masala looks rich and yum..Love the fried paneer pic!!

  11. Tried this recipe today and it was wonderful ! Thanks Sharmi..

  12. @Neelima : Thanks for trying and letting me know

  13. Hi, I have used this recipe thrice and evry time it came out just perfect. Thank you so much fr the recipe.

  14. Hi Sharmi

    How much of turmeric, fennel and coriander powders is required? Kindly add to this post as I am just a beginner in cooking and I guess it'll be useful for people like me as well.


    1. Have updated them in ingredients list.

  15. Hi sharmi

    Looks like fennel and turmeric powders are still missing from the ingredients list.



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