Thursday, November 29, 2007

Baby Potatoes simmering in a gravy ~ Dum Aloo

What's in a name we may say, but at times it becomes very maddening when you get to the heart of the things. Dum Aloo or Aloo Dum is one such thing. Even now I don't really know what separates these day or how and why two different names. It was the time during my first crush on North Indian cuisine, that I began to search for this recipe. At one point I had so many Dum Aloos and Aloo Dums. Each in a different proportions! But all said and done, nobody actually said what makes it different. I have stopped searching for reasons. I can understand different versions of Sambar but we don't call it Barsam right? Well this is what I felt too. The many different recipes on hand, called for different items. In an age when you can do anything given the mood, you can expect to try out so. But finding time to even take a proper breath becomes a task, you really can't think of searching for the many varied things a recipe might call for right. That's why I chose the easiest of the lot. Came out exceedingly well, I was even trilled that my daughter wanted to have this the next day and took a promise that I will prepare it again the same week. It was quite spicy but Konda has a thing. The dishes that she likes, can be the spiciest food you have ever prepared, yet she will like and eat. Other times, even if its mildly spicy, she will not even touch. This recipe is something I prepared some years back, so know it tastes good. I also have so many variations, not really sure how they would taste but couldn't try as it called for elaborate process. This is quite simple and easy and it tasted great!

Ingredients Needed:

Baby potatoes - 250 gms
Onions - 2 medium
Green Chillies - 2
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tomatoes - 3 medium
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf - 1
Asafetida a pinch
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 1"
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - for garnish
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Clean and boil potatoes till they are soft. Peel and keep it aside.

Make a paste of Onions, green chillies and garlic and ginger. Keep aside

Make a paste of tomatoes with chili pow, amchur pw and turmeric pw.

Heat a kadai with Oil. Add Bay leaves, cumin and Asafetida. Then add Onion paste and fry well.

Then add Tomato paste and cook in sim for 5 mins. Adjust the salt.

Once the oil starts coming out, add the boiled potatoes. Stir well and sim for 15 mins till the gravy thickens.

Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve.

This was so typically different from other gravies that we prepare. My daughter was so taken in by this that she asked for it again, even though it was quite spicy. Adjust the spiciness based on your preference.

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sunita said...

Sri, that looks delicious...and after all, what's in a name anyway...the taste is all that matters :-)

kamala said...

hi srivalli
The gravy looks very yummy and
mouth watering and tempting too!!!

Erin said...

Looks fantastic. It is amazing how recipes differ for the same dish. I guess that's the fun part about cooking, the ability to make it your own!

bindiya said...

Looks good, i love these too!

Rina said...

Thanks for this yummy potatoe dish Srivalli. Never tried making Dum Aloo. Sure to try this festive season. Thx for sharing

Mandira said...

this looks delicious and the gravy... just the right color... I'll bring parathas... can I come over?

bee said...

looks lovely why aren't chopped potatoes used for this?

Namratha said...

I totally love Aloo Dum, I make the same with Methi..which makes it Aloo Methi Dum :) I couldn't find baby potatoes when I was craving for Aloo Dum, so made do with big potatoes cubed! Yours looks yum too!

remya said...

dum aloo looks superb...lovely rich color...

Suganya said...

Sri, I had the same confusion when I first learnt N.Indian cuisine. Years later, the recipe is what suits yr palette.

Happy cook said...

Looke delicious, i wanted to grab and eat the sauce with a chapathi, but alas there were no chapati :-)

Vegeyum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking said...

Yum. I like the whole potatoes in your dish. We can get fabulous baby potatoes here,they would be very good in this.

TheCooker said...

Great colour!
Very tempting.

Kamini said...

Who doesn't love potatoes? This one looks great, no matter what it's called.

Dhanggit said...

that looks really yummy!! my husband and i love curries and spicy stuffs but his family do you think i can convince them to try?? i see that even for your kid spicy stuff works... just wondrin..thanks

Srivalli said...

sunita, thank you...yeah ultimately if we enjoy the food..its great.

kamala, thank you so much...

Erin, thanks for dropping by..glad you like it.

bindiya, thank you...they are always great!

Rina, glad you will let me know how it turns out

Mandira, sure you are most welcome. ..will be making it next week so be ready!..:D

bee, thank you..I guess there is no harm..but I have no solid reason as to why this recipe calls for only baby potatoes!

Namratha, wow..have this on hand, will try and let you know..

remya, thank you..I was pleased with the colour myself..only that it didn't really capture the real orange more..

Suganya, glad I have company!..yeah agree on that

Happy cook, surely next time will prepare that also!

Vegeyum, try and let me know..Its really a great dish

TheCooker, thanks..

Kamini, thanks..missed you in my previous posts...hope everything is ok

Dhanggit, welcome to my blog...yeah thats a problem ..but you can try with less spice and see how they like...spice is acquired give them some time...

Asha said...

I am planning to make my version for RCI this month, will see. Your's looks yum, great color!:))

Meeta said...

Dum Aloo is one of my faves - yours looks so incredibly good with that thick gravy!

Cynthia said...

Dum aloo? hey :)

Srivalli said...

Asha, great looking fwd to your recipe

Meeta, glad to know...thank you!

Cynthia, haha..yeah

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