Dum” is the process of slow cooking in a sealed and covered pot and “aloo“ are the potatoes in hindi .This Dum Aloo preparation uses baby potatoes which are easier to cook. You can even use medium sized potatoes, each cut into half , if baby potatoes are not easily available .
The potatoes are usually first deep fried and then cooked slowly simmered in a yogurt based gravy , rich in flavor and spices . Makes a wonderful side dish (My kids would rather eat as a main ) with Naan or steamed rice.
Oil for deep frying the potatoes
4 tbs oil for cooking
Baby potatoes- 1 lbs
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon
Garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
Tomato puree 1/2 cup
Salt To Taste
Onion puree made with 1 medium onion
Garam masala 1 Teaspoon (Optional )
Red chili powder 2 Teaspoon (Use according to your taste)
Plain Yogurt – 1/2 Cup whisked smooth and lump free
Peel the potatoes and poke each of them in multiple places with fork. Soak them in salted water for about 15-30 minutes. Drain.
Heat the oil and deep fry the potatoes until they are golden, on a medium flame. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. If required fry them in batches.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds .Fry for about a minute.
Add onion and fry on medium heat till it turns golden brown.
Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for about 2-3 minutes.
Then add tomato purée , salt ( to taste ) cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder , garam masala and cook for about 5 minutes till oil separates.
Add the fried baby potatoes and stir gently. Add water if required.
Add the beaten yogurt, stir gently, cover with the lid and let it simmer for a while.
Add the fresh cilantro just before serving. Serve with flat breads. We love it best with Naan & steamed basmati rice .
Instead of frying the potatoes, they can even be boiled in salt water till done .
As an alternative to frying the potatoes, they can be baked by lining the potatoes on the baking tray in a single layer and spraying some olive oil/cooking oil on the baby potatoes. Bake in a preheated oven till done