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Dum Aloo

Dum AlooOde to Potatoes

Its one of the popular north Indian recipes. Its usually cooked under pressure so the potatoes get soaked in the gravy and so the name Dum (pressure in Hindi) in dum aloo. This is the first time I am making this recipe and it came out very good. I used to make chapathi alternate days so today when I was thinking of making it I was out of side dish ideas. I find it pretty hard to make different variety of side dishes for chapathi. I love potatoes in any form and I had lot of small potatoes sitting in my pantry, which has to be the easy to cook vegetable and finally made up my mind to make dum aloo.

This recipe goes to Sia of Monsoonspice for her Ode to Potato Event.


  • Small red potatoes : 3 (If you use baby potatoes use 5 of ’em)
  • Oil : 2 tbsp
  • Onion : 1 (Medium)
  • Tomato : 1
  • Curry leaves : 3 to 4
  • Ginger & Garlic paste : 1 tbsp
  • Yogurt : 1 cup
  • Milk : 1/4 cup
  • Red chili powder : 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
  • salt : required to taste

For Masala :

  • cinnamon : 1 “
  • Black Pepper : 6
  • Cardamom : 3
  • Cloves : 3
  • Coriander seeds : 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1/4 tsp

Dum Aloo

Method of Preparation :

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut in to two halves and prick them.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a large pan and just shallow fry the potatoes till it becomes light golden brown color and keep them aside.
  3. Now grind all the masala ingredients into a coarse powder and keep them aside.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in a pressure cooker add bay leaves, onions & curry leaves and fry them till it becomes translucent .
  5. After that add ginger and garlic paste mix it well and fry them till the raw smell goes off.
  6. Now add the ground masala(If the masala is more than 2 tbsp don’t add all of ’em jsut add 2 tbsp) and fry them for a little bit , let say like 4 minutes.
  7. And add red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt mix it all together and fry the for 3 minutes.
  8. Now pour the milk to make gravy followed by adding yoghurt. Keep stirring continuously.
  9. Add the tomatoes and pricked potatoes in to this gravy and close the lid of the pressure cooker.
  10. Pressure cook for one whistle in medium heat.
  11. Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Dum Aloo

Serve it hot with chapathi, paratha. 🙂


  1. Very nice..I tried my home…everyone loves it, i twisted this recipe by adding kasurimethi, but taste yummy

  2. hai shriya,
    ur receipe for aloo dum is too good .
    we all in my house liked it and u know what i make it quite regularly
    thanks a lot
    i sure got appreciation for that i am sending all those to you.
    u tc

  3. Shriya….U r rocking…..I tried Dum Aloo this afternoon and it was very nice and my husband liked it very much…. Juz few weeks ago, I found out ur website and I am visiting it regularly now….going to try out all ur recipes… Ur hubby is really very lucky…God bless you…. 🙂

  4. shriya ,, this dumaloo recipe is verygood , I tried it today . To my surprise my husband liked it very much too (usually he wont taste my new recipes!!!). Thanks shriya.

  5. I must be the only guy who has replied to this blog.
    Nice recipe. But i did not get the same amount of gravy thats posted in the picture nor the same kinda color. It tasted awesome though. My romies loved it. Just wanted to know how i could increase the gravy quantity.

  6. Hi shriyaji…….
    This is Manadhii…..
    I like very much Alooooo .. if this dum aloooo oho very much to like this…i tried this and my family members are so shocked…why because i cooked first…just u r my guru for this Dum aloo…..

  7. Hi Shriya.. I have just tried u r dum aloo today for lunch and it turned out to be perfect..thanks for ur recipe..but i have a small concern..i did not have much gravy in the curry..can u pls let me know to get more gravy just like ur curry in the pic u posted..

  8. hi shriya

    i really loved this dish.its great with chapati.
    its easy to cook. hope to get more side dishes for chapati from you.will you?


  9. Here’s a totally 100% vegetarian (no onion/garlic) version of dum aloo… of course tastes different… and delicious

  10. hey shriya ur recipe for dum aloo is too good.everyone in my house loved it.all thanks to u.

  11. Dear Shriya
    Prior to frying the potatoes initially,
    Scrape the potatoes, prick all over with a fork and soak in water with little salt for about 2 hours.
    Dry the potatoes on a cloth.
    If they are fried after this, there is a significant difference in taste and lesser oil consumed for frying.

    A small pinch of ground nutmeg/ground mace spice added to the masala grinding mixture also adds taste.

  12. excellente

  13. Lovely recipe Shriya- You are very clear and appreciate small details(how you said put only two tsp of the masala powder even if theres more!)am looking forward to trying some more of your recipes- my family oved this one -it was really tasty and simple to make Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. This was wonderful. Perfectly spicy. Quick and easy too!

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  16. Hi,

    I am trying it the very first time. It is which Cardamom :green one or the black one.

    • Hi Taj, It’s the green cardamom.

  17. whan ever i grt mood to do preapre new dishes i visit your sitr

  18. Just one word….Delicious..! I just add a few drops of lemon juice…just to tweak the taste lit bit. Yummy..!

  19. I am a damn lover of aloo dum and shahi paneer.i tried allo dum in diffrent style.ur one is different,some what spicy,bit tangy,,yummy yummy.thanks for ur recipee