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April 27, 2017

Punjabi Restaurant Style Dum Aloo Recipe

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Dum aloo recipe - Restaurant style
Dum Aloo or Aloo dum is a potato based gravy which is very popular in Kashmir. I browed few recipes and found deep fried small potato /Baby potato is used in this dish. Authentic Kashmiri dum aloo is prepared without onion and tomato. Curd & Kashmiri red chilli are the most important ingredients for the base of gravy apart from spice powders. So the recipe I have shared here is not the authentic one.

 Recently I tasted Dum aloo for the first time in my friend Megha’s house birthday party. I loved its taste and got the recipe from her. Based on her recipe, I browsed and found this Punjabi style dum aloo in Spice up the curry. After going through rave reviews from the readers comments, I tried this recipe confidently. Yes, it came out finger licking good with a nice flavor. It tastes similar to restaurant style gravies. 

In this method, baby potato is sautéed in less oil instead of deep frying to reduce the calories. Still it tasted great. Sendhil liked it very much. Raksha has gone to Salem ( to my in-laws house) for vacation. I must prepare this for her as soon as she comes to Bangalore. I am sure she will love it. Try this for your kids birthday parties. They will like it for sure. Lets see how to make Dum aloo at home with step by step pictures and a video !

Dum aloo recipe

Dum aloo recipe - Restaurant style Dum aloo recipe

Dum aloo recipe - Restaurant style dum aloo recipe How to make restaurant style Punjabi dum aloo recipe at home
Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Side dish for roti
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Baby potato - 12 nos
  • Salt and water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp ( Kashmiri chilli powder) 
  • Dhania powder - 2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Crushed Kasoori methi - 1.5 tsp
  • Fresh curd – 1to 2 tbsp
  • Fresh cream - 1 tbsp ( I used Amul fresh cream)
To grind
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 2 nos ( small)
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Green chilli - 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Tomato - 2 nos
  • Cashew nuts or almonds – 6 to 10 nos
  • Ginger&Garlic paste – 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish ( I din’t use it)

  • Wash and pressure cook baby potato in a cooker adding 2 cups of water. Cook for 2-3 whistles in low flame. It takes 15 minutes. In the mean time, lets prepare the masala for gravy.
    Dum aloo recipe
  • Heat 1 tbsp cooking oil in a kadai. Saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, fennel seeds and green chilli for a minute. Add chopped onions and saute till transparent. Add ginger, garlic paste and saute for a minute.

  • Add chopped tomato, salt and saute till tomato turns pulpy. Add cashews, mix once and switch off the flame. Let the mixture cool down. Grind to a smooth paste adding enough water. Set aside.
    Dum aloo recipe
  • Take the pressure cooked potato. Drain the excess water and peel the potato skin. Keep in a plate. Prick all over the potato with a fork. Heat 2 tbsp cooking oil in a kadai. Shallow fry the potato till it turns golden in color and looks roasted. Remove in a plate.
    Dum aloo recipe
    Dum aloo recipe
  • In the remaining oil, splutter cumin seeds. Add ground tomato paste and saute for a minute. Add red chilli powder, dhania powder, sugar, garam masala powder and curd. Saute for a minute. Gravy will become thick and leaves the sides of pan. Add 1/2 to 1 cup water, mix well and check for taste. Add salt if needed.
    Dum aloo recipe
  • Cover cook and boil till oil floats on top. Open the lid, mix the gravy and add 1/2 cup more water if needed. Now add the baby potato and mix well. Add fresh cream, crushed kasoori methi and mix well. Boil for a minute. Add water to adjust consistency. Garnish with coriander leaves. This gravy thickens when it cools down. So add more water whenever needed. Boil and serve hot with roti !
    Dum aloo recipe
    Dum aloo recipe
Enjoy !

  • Add more red chilli powder if you want spicy gravy.
  • Originally baby potato should be deep fried in oil. But I shallow fried it to reduce the calorie. 
  • You can use butter instead of cooking oil.
  • Adding fresh cream is optional. Skip if you don’t have it. But adding cream makes the gravy rich. 
  • This gravy tastes the best if you give a standing time of 1 to 2 hours after preparation. So if you are making for birthday parties, make it in advance and reheat it adding some water.
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Try this yummy, creamy dum aloo recipe at home & enjoy with chapathi/Naan/Kulcha !
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