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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. Nice recipe! It’s one of my favorite dishes.

  2. Yummy. I have bookmarked the recipe to make them.
    Look so delicious.

  3. yummy entry shriya..

  4. wow…that looks really very yummy…the picture has come out real good..thanks

  5. oh wow!!! Sounds and looks really good! Will try it out and let you know….. thanx

  6. they look so mouth-watering Shriya! Lovely entry.

  7. bookmarked ,very nice recipe shriya

  8. Looks amazing, Shriya! My husband’s been asking me to make this, so am bookmarking your recipe! 🙂

  9. Looks wonderful… Gr8 photo of a mouthwatering recipe..

  10. Hi sri,thats a wonderful entry.I like aloo…Will try this one day.

    Even I am devotee of sai baba,think me and your sister are great:-)

  11. yeah daily meals, it becomes one of my fav too now.

    Thanks HC if you try this let me know how it turned out.

    Thanks for your kind comments dhivya, srivalli,sagari, Uma. 😀

    Welcome to our blog anusriram. thanks for lovely comment.

    yeahh annu the pic was amazing. thanks for your comment.

    If you try this let me know kalai . 🙂

    Thanks ramya for your comments .

  12. That looks so very tasty! Comfort Food!!

  13. That looks tasty Shriya! we love this and make it often…This was one of my early recipes posted on my blog:)

  14. Thanks for your lovely comment Mona.

    I love it too. I’ll take a look at your recipe for dum aloo mansi. Thanks for your comments. 🙂

  15. Sounds execellent. Loved it. Thanks shriya for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  16. Hi,
    Just came across your blog.
    This looks good and incidentally is a favourite way to cook a favourite vegetable.

  17. Thanks pooja.

    Welcome to our blog Aparna. 🙂

  18. That looks so tempting. Lovely entry.

  19. Lovely recipe…Yummy dum aloo. The potato is a truly versatile vegetable must say.
    Would u be able to forward me your email id as there is a recipe exchange link that I would like to forward to you.

  20. Dum aloo looks delicious. Love the deep brown color.

  21. Really nice entry. Love everything with potatoes.. 🙂

  22. whenever i add yogurt to a gravy, it splits. your looks lovely.

  23. Thank you Meera.

    Vandana, pravs and bee Welcome to Spicytasty.

    Vandana thanks for your nice comments and sure I’ll forward our email id and would love to be in that chain.

    Thanks for your comments pravs.

    Thanks seena.

    If you beat the yogurt very well. It won’t split in the gravy.

  24. shriya..i have bought baby aloo’s just to try out this fabulous recipe….

  25. lavi Let me know how it turned out. 🙂

  26. First time here. Love your recipes! Am bookmarking this one – dum aloo looks delish!

  27. Thanks for visting our blog vani.

  28. This is one of my favorite dishes and I have not made it in awhile, I am glad you reminded me with the delicious looking pictures and recipe 🙂

  29. shriya..i tried it tasted so good..i liked it a lot..thanks for sharing.

  30. Yeah It’s my fav too meeso. thanks for your nice words.

    Hope you liked it lavi. Thanks for tryin it out. 🙂

  31. First time here.Nice blog…..

  32. hey … your page rocks… iam just a bachcha into it…

  33. Hi…This recipe looks so delicious…I was looking for one good Aloo Dum recipe and today i got it….Has anyone tried this???

  34. I tried this dish the other day and it turned out perfect! I am going to post a picture and link to your blog 🙂

  35. Meeso Its so nice of you to try this recipe , I am glad you liked it.

  36. Hi dear.

    I did try out that Chicken curry recipe by you. It turned out to be really yummy. My husband was all praises for!!

    Well…kitchen is not my fav spot to be, but really that day the end result of my chicken was like really

    And u know wat.. today i plan on trying out the dum aloo by you.. well, hope this too becomes my husband’s fav.

    Anyways.. felt like i should thank you for ur recipe… hope to see more and more of ur dishes here…(my help resort!!!).. simple ones i am a bit lazy u seee..haa.a.

    Have a nice day!!

  37. according to the indian aloo book, a nobleman once said: and all indians ever since became the worshippers of aloo.

    oh aloo, how nice are you. tasty and cook in hasty. fast and good at last. aloo day all the way, do not dismay and eat with chapatay, olay olay.

  38. This recipe turned out just great!!….tried it today…my kids were left finger smacking!!!…thanks for this lovely recipe…

  39. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try this weekend.

  40. Thanks for the recipe. I needed it for a Home Economics project. I appreciate your efforts.

  41. Hi shriya, all of good receipes, its mouth watering by seeing all the receipes with the photo,have downloaded all the receipes which you have entered, nd willl try asap.looking ahead for sme mre spicy receipes….


  42. Hi Shriya
    I tried ur Dum Allo Recipe.. it was my first time. It was very delicious. my roomies liked it very much..
    thanks for uploading the recipe.

  43. Hi Shriya,

    Thanks for teh receipe.. comfort food demystified :)..


  45. Your dum aloo looks absolutely yummy. First time here on your blog. Very well organized and presented. Loved browsing through your recipes… 🙂

    I have posted my version of Dum Aloo in my blog My Scrawls. Do have a look at it when you get time. Would be happy to receive your comments… 🙂

  46. tried just now…absolutely perfect….thanx a lot

  47. Awesome, this has been a fav of mine too. i like it extra spicy so I added 20% more dry spice and another half onion. Ummm baby…yummy in my tummy. Thank you for this fab. post

  48. Yummy recipie Shriya! Loved it…. I twisted it a little by adding some garam masala….. Tasted awesome with parathas

  49. Hey Shriya,

    This Dish is Awesome….i just tried it looks superb..taste is too gud.thanx a lot…let me know some more northindian dishes like this.Thanks!


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