Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dum Aloo | Potato Curry | Aloo Gravy | No Onion No Garlic Curry

Dum Aloo, a delicious & creamy curd/yogurt based curry made with baby potatoes. Though i have heard about the curry, this was the first time that i had tried and tasted too. It was so delicious and paired well with chapathi. Since i like any curd based curies, there was no surprise that i liked it, but ST also liked it and asked me to make it again. I could never imagined that the curry would be so flavorful and tasty even without any onions and ginger garlic paste. 

Usually i never click the photos  when i'm making the dish for the first time. Also when i went through the recipes from sandhya's blog, i was bit skeptical how it would taste without onions and ginger garlic paste since till then i had never prepared any curries other than dal for chapathi/roti without those two ingredients. But fortunately i clicked the picture because it was sunny on that day  and also i was in mood of taking  pictures. Yay, glad that it was turned out so delicious on my first attempt itself.
Here in the recipe, i have used roma tomatoes, in India, i think bangalore tomatoes works well for this curry. If in case you're using country tomatoes, reduce the amount of tomatoes otherwise it would be very sour. Once i had the experience of making paneer butter masala with country tomatoes and it turned out like a paneer pickle with very sharp tart taste :-). Ok,Without further delay let's check out the recipe, but if you want to know what i have prepared for past 5 days under "No onion No garlic" theme, here they are
Day 1 - Manthanga Pulissery
Day 2 - Kuthiraivali Pongal
Day 3 - Dal Tadka
Day 4 - Paruppu Podi
Day 5 - Mysore Rasam

Dum Aloo

Preparation Time : 5 min | Cooking Time : 30 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Baby Potatoes - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 2 
Curd - 1/2 cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seed - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 1
Bay leaf - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

First take the potatoes and prick each potatoes with the fork on all sides.Heat the water in a sauce pan,add the potatoes and 1/2 tsp of salt.Let it comes to boil and then keep simmer until the potatoes became fork tender. Drain the potatoes and let it cool a bit.Peel the skin of the potatoes and keep it ready. Heat the pan with oil, add the potatoes and roast till it slightly changes its color.Remove it on the plate and in the same pan(if needed add extra a tsp of oil) add cinnamon, cloves, cardamon & bay leaf and let it fry in the oil until it became aromatic.Then add the fennel and cumin seed, fry it in the oil for 10 secs.Then add the finely chopped tomatoes and the spices(turmeric, red chili & coriander powder) & salt.Let it cook until it's mushy & then add the sugar and cook till the oil leaves the sides.Take the curd in a bowl and whisk it until it's creamy.Pour the curd into the tomato masala and mix it well. Add the fried potatoes too.Finally add garam masala and cook till oil floats on the top. Switch off the flame and add the coriander leaves on the top.Tasty Dum Aloo is ready. Serve it with roti or chapathi.
  • Instead of shallow fry the potatoes, you can deep fry them also.
  • I have used fresh curd here.
  • Don't over cook the potatoes.Otherwise it will be mushy in the curry. 
  • Prick the potatoes with the fork helps to absorb the salt by the potatoes.
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  1. OMG! this version of dum aloo looks so tempting. My kids saw this and are asking me to make it again :)

  2. Normally a Dum Aaloo requires both onion and garlic , making without these two ingredients is challenging . I am glad you tried this version it looks fantastic , the baby potatoes look awesome in this curry . The flavours are great and curd for gravy must have made it really delicious . Even I like curd based gravies ,they taste so good and go well with rotis . Great pick .i have enjoyed your No onion No Garlic series .

  3. Without no onion and garlic making dum aloo is really challenging but looks sure you did justice to the gravy..

  4. This no onion no garlic version of dum aloo looks fantastic Sandhya. And that is a nice step wise tutorial you have made. It would be very helpful for beginners..

  5. Errr I make dum aloo without onion and garlic too. I add fennel powder and that takes care of everything. ;-) Glad you nailed it first time and you were able to click pictures also. Good one pa.

  6. My mouth is just watering here. Never thought of dishing out dum aloo without onions and garlic. Lovely take on this ultimate dish Sandiya.

  7. We love gravies without onion garlic and u have made his Dum Aloo so well. Pics r so inviting to
    Dig in

  8. That is one flavor packed dum aloo recipe, that too without onion and garlic. Looks absolutely delicious.

  9. The gravy looks very creamy and inviting..I mostly risk clicking all new dishes because I will spend more time the first time round..:)

  10. I make lots of curries with onion and garlic as my mother in law doesn't eat both. I like how rich the gravy has turned out and getting a dish perfect first time round is a bonus for the family.

  11. Wowww !! Dum aloo looks so rich and delicious , I would love to have it with any Indian bread now, drool worthy .. with no onion no garlic this is fantastic recipe !! Such an wonderful step wise pictorial, I am a fan of your deep explanations and pictorials, you take so much effort to do it .. I lack that patience.. Kudos to your efforts dear !!

  12. I always add onion and garlic in dum aloo curry along with yougurt. Your version without onion garlic looks as tempting as the later.

  13. I am so happy that you turned a classic side dish into one with onion and garlic. I am always looking for recipes like this to try on puja days. Love the recipe and the dum aloo looks delicious!

  14. This version of dum aloo looks tempting. Comes handy on days when one has to prepare dishes sans onion and garlic.

  15. Dum aloo looks tempting! Perfect dish to pair with hot hot roti’s!!! We usually make no onion no garlic on pooja days and these days it has become a habit too! Would love to try this yumm gravy sometimes!!

  16. Dum aloo looks so tempting and tasty... perfect with naan and chapati..

  17. It must be really challenging to make this dish without onion and garlic! Yes, country tomatoes are so tart!! This is one yummy dish to go with Roti!